A Bradford nail artist took inspiration from extraterrestrials and spaceships and tried to incorporate her passion into her looks.
Lhouraii Li wants to be blue permanently, but has ruled out tattooing herself – like others did – because she is afraid of being allergic.
At the moment she is happy with the face painting and quotes “Diva” from the film Fifth Element and Zora from the video game “The legend of Zelda as inspiration for her look.
And she manages to keep the cost of her unique style to a minimum by using “the cheapest good makeup” she can find, which is around £ 10 a month.
The nail artist also sells her own print nails and clothing designs online and works from a colorful canal boat in which she lives with her 11-year-old friend Nathan.
But Lhouraii says she has agoraphobia – one anxiety Disorder that causes panic in social situations.
To cope with this, she also painted her boat in intergalactic colors.
“I’ve always felt all alone and like I don’t belong and it’s a really terrible feeling,” she said.
“So I tried to create a small world in which I somehow feel that I belong.
“I have pictures of space in the windows because I’m here 99.9% of the time. So when I feel bad, I can pretend I exist in a place that is happy and just looks like I’m in a spaceship or something.
“And I think the same goes for blue – it’s just a way for me to feel like myself.”
Lhouraii started with the all-blue look two years ago. Previously, however, she often used white complexion with blue eyeshadow, saying the latest look was a development of her earlier style inspired by Japanese fashion.
She said, “My style used to be wrong when I tried to look like a Barbie, and I wasn’t actually.” The style was a Japanese subculture called Gyaru and I still consider myself Gyaru, but only blue. “
She previously tried different body colors, including purple, which she didn’t feel right.
But Lhouraii says that blue always felt like her natural skin color.
Lhouraii has not ruled out cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance in the future, e.g. B. that their ears are shaped to look more elven.
“I think my idea of beauty is that people are themselves,” she said.
“When I see someone with blue skin, I think they look ten times better just because I really love blue skin.”
“But people who are their true self, live for themselves and only dress the way they want to dress – I think that’s so nice.”
She is also working on her agoraphobia and would like to be able to go out again.
“I have a book of things I want to do if I can go outside,” adds Lhouraii.
“See a water fountain, see a statue, see and smell flowers, visit a therapist and a dermatologist.
“These are the things I’m most looking forward to.”