This Makeup Artist Has A Genius Way Of Swatching Eyeshadow

Just take it from Kylie Jenner: Swatching is very important in the makeup game. (Which, yes, Kim Kardashian is slowly learning.) But, for one Instagram user, it's not just about showing off the shade and pigment load — it's an art form. Menal Khan, or Ikhaniic as she's known to her 11,700 followers on Instagram, swatches her eyeshadow by drawing miniature carbon copies of the palettes... on her hand.

We've seen people go to the extreme in the name of good swatches before, but we've never seen anything quite as creative as this. "Being an artist since birth, and someone who had just discovered a newfound love for makeup a year beforehand, I knew makeup was the medium I wanted to use to create my art," Khan tells Refinery29. She's also really good: Her recreation of the Tarteist palette was even regrammed by Tarte Cosmetics' own Instagram account.

You can check out her best eyeshadow swatch-work in the slides ahead. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but her version of Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Glow Kit is pretty damn good.

Khan's first palette was the Huda Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition — and it's her favorite to date. "It [brings] forward a very humbling feeling, seeing what I had pictured come to life for the first time ever, and receive so much love once it was posted," she tells us.
Then came the Kat Von D's Shade & Light Contour Kit, or as Khan refers to it, the "Khantour" kit.
The perfect representation exactly how much glitter you'll get with the Urban Decay Moon Dust palette.
And, of course, you can never have too much glitter. Khan says, "I like to create palettes that I already own so that I can have them placed in the back as reference for those who may not have seen the palette yet."
Kat Von D and Too Faced's palette: still one of our favorite brand collabs to date.
Khan doesn't just stop at high-end palettes. In fact, her version of the Nyx Smokey Palette looks just like the real thing — down to the font.
Can we please have a round of applause for the fact that she also included the makeup brush?
With 35 eyeshadow shades, we can't imagine how long it must have taken to recreate this Morphe palette.
Khan says this Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit was fairly difficult to create: "Any palette color other than black takes ages to shade to get it to look somewhat realistic," she wrote in the caption.
Unfortunately, this limited-edition Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup By Mario palette is no longer available, but the swatches are to still fun to look at.
Khan's pièce de résistance? This 3-D looking Tarteist Pro palette with a very realistic looking mirror. "In terms of progression, I'd say my most recent [posts] were my best pieces of work, as I feel they seemed the most realistic," she says.
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