We actually discovered the work of Saraswati, a makeup artist based in Malaysia, a fair few months ago. The only reason we didn’t post about her Instagram – where she goes by the name Queen of Luna – back then was because the Ummahsonic team was feeling particularly averse to Disney princesses – we’re not sure why – and we thought the less Ariels, Belles and whatshername from the hunchback movie on the site, the better.
Fortunately, Queen of Luna has focused many of her recent efforts on non-Disney based cosplay. Her creations are as incredible as ever, with all of them featuring her innovative use of a hijab to replicate the otherworldly locks adorning the various cinematic and comic book heroines (and villains) she channels.
One of our favourites from her new stuff is the puppet from the Saw franchise. We hate that guy. We also hate how long that franchise went on for. And how there’s actually another one coming out in October. Which will be the eighth. Unbelievable.
But anyways, good cosplay.
"I want to play a game." . . So many exciting movies and series coming out in October. I personally am dying to watch Stranger Things 2. What about you, what are y'all excited about? . . . Lenses: 'Ravenous' @colourvue_official . . . #jigsaw #halloween #halloweenmakeup #horrorfan #facepainting #sawmovie #jigsawmakeup
We also dig her interpretation of the Corpse Bride.
"I feel my heart is aching. Though it doesn't beat, it's breaking." 💀⚰ – Emily, the Corpse Bride . . . Products used: Lenses: @colouredcontactsuk white Halloween @nyxcosmetics_my: – HD studio photogenic primer base – Total control drop foundation (pale) Eyes: – @lovefromzahara Quattro eyeshadow palette (fifth avenue) – @nyxcosmetics_my Rocker chic palette (California dreaming) – @nyxcosmetics_my Prismatic eyeshadow (blue jeans) Lips: @nyxcosmetics_my soft matte lipcream (Addis ababa) . . . #corpsebride #emily #timburton #halloween #halloweenmakeup #nyxcosmeticsmy #colouredcontactsuk
And we dunno what this Mother’s Day getup is about, but we’re still feeling it.
While we were somewhat hating on Disney princesses earlier, we do like it when she cosplays as one of the more famous ones – but with a horrifying twist.
Ahh what the heck happened to Princess Jasmine? 🎃 Hey guys! So I teamed up with students at the @huxleyschoolofmakeup to create some 'Good or Evil' makeup looks!! 👸🏼💀 These students are so talented so I can't wait to see what they create!! 😍 HUXLEY are giving away $200 US worth of makeup to one lucky person. . To WIN: . ✨Like 5 or more photos on the @huxleyschoolofmakeup page . ✨Follow both @huxleyschoolofmakeup and @queenofluna . ✨For bonus points tag two friends in the photo captions Good luck!! The winner will be tagged and announced on @huxleyschoolofmakeup page so stay turned 😘 . . . #huxleyschoolofmakeup #evilqueen #evilprincess #disneyprincess #princessjasmine #jackskellington #aladdin
Also, her cosplay version of Little Mermaid supervillain, Ursula, is a terrifying sight to behold.
"You poor unfortunate soul!" 🐙🐚🌊 Back to my usual form, as Ursula. Sighhh~ . Thank you all for the 💜 on my Vanessa look, means a lot! And as for the negative comments, remember, cyberbullying is wrong, kids. . . Products used: . @nyxcosmetics_my HD studio photogenic primer base @nyxcosmetics_my Total control drop foundation in pale @nyxcosmetics_my Highlight & contour palette @maybelline White superfresh powder in natural @makeuprevolution Redemption palette Eyes: – @makeuprevolution Redemption palette – @nyxcosmetics_my Butt naked turn the other cheek palette – @maybelline Master precise liquid liner in black – @nyxcosmetics_my Lush lashes mascara – @nyxcosmetics_my Retractable eyeliner in white – @nyxcosmetics_my Jumbo eye pencil in lavender Highlighter: – @nyxcosmetics_my Bright idea illuminating stick in lavender lust – @nyxcosmetics_my Duo chromatic illuminating powder in lavender steel Lips: @lovefromzahara Matte lipcream In warrior . Lenses: @colouredcontactsuk White Halloween . . . #ursula #thelittlemermaid #disneyvillain #disneyprincesses #disneycosplay #nyxcosmeticsmy #disneymakeup #disneyvillains #littlemermaid #ariel #ursulamakeup #ursulacosplay #halloween #halloweenmakeup
Given the striking and creative nature of her work, Queen of Luna isn’t the only hijabi to pursue this style of cosplay – just punch ‘hijab cosplay’ into Instagram to explore more of this sort of stuff, or better still, pay the Hijab Cosplay Gallery a visit on Facebook.
It’s great to see modest wear and experimental makeup fusing in such a seamless way, especially when most of the characters Queen of Luna channels tend to be strong, if sometimes villainous, women.
One thing is clear: creativity and tradition do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Lastly, if you do your own cosplay, please please please hit us up with a picture in our Facebook page’s comments section. Who knows? You might even get a feature.