Based in Vancouver, Canada, Lyle Reimer is a mixed media artist best known for his self-portraits. And by self-portraits, I mean Reimer turning himself into “Lyle XOX”, a beautiful shapeshifting alien-like being straight out of a fantasy novel, with masks and headpieces hand crafted out of recycled ‘garbage’. Coming from a makeup background, with 16 years of working for MAC under his belt, Reimer clearly has a knack for finding and bringing out beauty, even in places where it would appear pointless to an untrained eye. Have you ever looked at a disposable fork, or a muselet and thought “that’s so nice, I want to adorn my face with it”? Well, Reimer has, and frankly, nobody looks better with forks on their face.
How old were you when you first knew you were going to work in beauty and the arts? I knew I would work in the arts from the time I understood what “career” meant, in the early years of elementary school. I didn’t know that it would be in the genre of beauty until I was 19.