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Is This a Snapshot of Freddie Mercury Putting on Makeup?

A photograph purportedly showing Queen singer Freddie Mercury applying intricate maquillage was digitally manipulated.

Published Aug 17, 2017

A photograph shows Queen singer Freddie Mercury applying intricate face makeup.

An image purportedly showing musician Freddie Mercury applying intricate make-up to his face has been circulating online for several years:

This image was most likely created by Deviant Art poster QueenAnatolia, who originally shared the picture in 2009. Queen Anatolia, whose page is full of Queen artwork, said that she used a photograph of Mercury, brushes, and Photoshop to create the piece.

The original photograph was taken by Neal Preston before a Queen concert circa 1980:  

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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