ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

When I was a kid, when I grew up I always wanted to be a frog. Not an astronaut or a race car driver, one of those super cool amphibians with the long tongues that go slap, they eat flies, they can jump really high and they're green and slimy. A pretty straightforward desire, right?

I wonder if artist Maria Malone-Guerbaa had the same innocent wishes as a kid when she began creating her beautiful and amazingly detailed interpretations of animals?

Art so impressive that I had to do a double take to figure out whether they were photographs or not! In fact, these striking creations weren't actually drawn, a realization that may blow your mind after closer inspection...

These mind-bending optical illusions have been stunningly recreated with only make-up and face paint! No prosthetics, just amazing skill.

Originally hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Malone-Guerbaa moved to London, England to start a family and begin honing her tremendous skill at Christine Blundell's make-up academy. Later she was able to complement her talent with jobs in various theaters around London and working in TV and film.

Image via Ray Tang

Here are a few more wonderful excerpts from Maria Malone-Guerbaa's animal themed work...

Snow Leopard



Pretty impressive work, if I may so myself. My dream of becoming a frog lives on thanks to Maria Malone-Guerbaa. If you're interested in checking out more of her work and picking up some tips yourself, check out her Facebook page and Instagram!

(Source: Maria Malone-Guerbaa via Facebook & Twitter, Mail Online)


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