These Disney makeup looks have to be seen to be believed!

By Scarlett Cayford, 13 June, 2016

The coterie of Disney princesses have inspired all kinds of makeup transformations and creative interpretations. All wide-eyed beauty, lush locks and clear skin, it's not hard to see why they inspire so many makeup lovers to try their own variants of the looks.

If you were hoping to be top of the Disney-Princess-makeup-pyramid, though, then you might as well stop. Because unless your name is Richard Schaefer, and you're a 21-year-old man from Orange County, then that particular princess crown has already been taken.

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Richard's been replicating perfect princess beauty for four years now, and when he was interviewed by Cosmo, he explained that it was his own androgynous good looks that inspired his first attempt.

"I think it's a real compliment when people think that I'm a female cosplayer because it means that my transformations must be convincing.

Playing with my new Ariel wig today, so naturally I HAD to do my makeup to match 💙

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"Chest padding is also necessary to become any princess,' he explained. 'I try to make as many costumes as I can at home, using materials that I find online. But when I'm too busy to make costumes, I cheat and buy them online instead.

"I decided to start cosplaying as princesses because of how androgynous people used to say I was. Curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to transform myself into my favourite princess – Ariel, who I have loved since I was a child. I was pleasantly surprised at how convincing I looked so I decided to stick at it and try different princesses too."

His interpretation of Ariel might be our favourite – but we love his experiments with other famous faces as well.

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Belle, we love you.

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And how about a little bit of real-life popstar?

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Richard might be recreating some of these looks for the fame – heck, why not – but he reckons he's also grown as a person since he tried his hand at his first Ariel look.

"Being a princess definitely helped me to become a more confident person. Not only do I feel beautiful as a person but I feel even more beautiful when I'm just myself, the ball gown is just an added bonus."

What a babe.

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