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Student uses old makeup from local community and rubbish tips to create prints for womenswear

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This student makes her own prints for women’s clothes (Picture: PA)

For four years, London student Anika Verma has collected discarded pigments, such as eyeshadow palettes from her local community and rubbish tips to create prints for womenswear.

The 21-year-old repurposes the old makeup to produce sustainable clothing to illustrate the ‘infinite possibilities’ of recycling.

The designer and student at Central Saint Martins, a college of the University of the Arts London, wants to encourage people to dump fast fashion and upcycle and recycle where possible.

Anika sources the material for her tops from a shop in Southall which stocks leftover samples or damaged fabrics from the fast fashion industry and then adds the prints from the eyeshadow she finds.

‘As the beauty industry has blown up, the amount of waste it produces has become a huge environmental issue,’ Anika said.

‘I am excited to show people the benefits and uniqueness of slow fashion.

‘The key message of this project is to show people that there is an infinite possibility when it comes to recycling and reusing.’

Anika makes these prints from old discarded makeup (Picture: PA)

Much of the makeup Anika uses passed its expiry date years before.

Anika, who sells the tops individually online, prevents her prints from smudging using a sealant she created herself, which she says is non-toxic.

‘I’m quite hesitant to share the exact hows and whats. I’ve already had a handful of people who work for bigger fashion companies try and get it out of me,’ she said.

Her tops feature a face design which she says she has been drawing for years and used to draw almost every day at school.

Some of the makeup she uses (Picture: PA)

Anika explained: ‘When I was 16 or 17 I had a weird dream and this face was a significant part.

‘I’m almost certain that if we went back to my old school today we would find at least three of the faces drawn onto a wall or desk.’

Anika said she would encourage anyone to think about the possibilities of repurposing old items.

‘We need to start acting now and fast before the damage we do to our planet destroys our wildlife and ecosystems beyond repair,’ she added.

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