New Orleans artist creates unique Mardi Gras mask that's in high demand

New Orleans artist creates unique Mardi Gras mask that's in high demand
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:04pm

Be the envy of everyone this Carnival season by wearing a unique mask.

"I came up with a Carnival mask look. Last year was the first year that I did it. I ended up with a three day wait" says makeup artist and owner of Megababy Makeup Meagan Leonard.

Leonard is back on Royal Street in the French Quarter. She's stationed outside Tubby's Golden Lantern glamming up women and men this Carnival season with the best accessory: hand painted masks.

"I've been playing with makeup since I was 16, like really getting into it, and then I was a Visual Arts Major in college so painting was my big thing. So I just decided to start painting people," explains Leonard.

The masks take about an hour to apply and can range from $20 for a basic look to $100 for all the bells and whistles.

"The skin is a canvass. My motto is it's not just makeup it's art, so I always go back to my artist painting roots," says Leonard, "I start by doing a rough sketch of the shape of the mask that I'm going to apply and then I lay a base coat of paint and then I lay a coat of glitter."

Leonard adds some sparkle and depth with rhinestones, and sequins, and ties the look together with false lashes.

"You don't have to worry about it falling," assures Leonard, "I try and tell people to wear them no longer than eight hours."

Leonard recommends scheduling an appointment so you don't have to wait in a long line for your mask. You can contact her by calling (504)875-6709 or email her at megababymakeup@yahoo.com

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