A Makeup Artist Put Dead Fish on Her Face and People Are Mad

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There are a ton of crazy and unique ideas for makeup floating around the internet (I mean, have you seen glitter beards?) but not all of them are applauded for their creativity. A Russian makeup artist got some serious flack after she posted a photo of her using dead fish as makeup, and she may have won the award for the ickiest trend floating around the internet.

According to The Daily Mail, Moscow-based makeup artist Elya Bulochka took the mermaid trend up a notch when she posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing jewel-toned eye shadow, rhinestones... and dead tropical fish on her face. The photos immediately sparked outrage from some of her 25,000 (her account has since been deleted) who declared that her fishy makeup was inhumane. It didn't help that shortly before posting the mermaid photo, Elya had posted a photo of herself holding up the fish in a bag. Elya doesn't care what the haters say. She took to her Instagram to post a photo of herself wearing canned sardines, making the point that people who call her out for using fish for makeup have no problem eating fish. She does have a point about that, and it doesn't just extend food: some makeup brands use fish scales and other non-vegan ingredients as part of their formulas, so technically more makeup than you think might not be fish-friendly.

Ultimately, I don't think that Elya should have used fish on her face. It seems cruel to kill fish solely for the purpose of one shoot, and it's also, well, pretty gross. Maybe next time Elya should stick to fish decals, because these kinds of photos are definitely overshadowing her obvious makeup skills.
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