A Los Angeles-based makeup artist has got himself into hot water for transforming a white woman into a black one, according to sources.

The artist, whose handle is paintdatface on Instagram, has amassed a following of 64,800 owing to his makeup skills.

The original post has now been deleted, but the artist clearly knew it could provoke a strong reaction.

“This is a transformation that I’ve been holding back from releasing for a while now, solely because of the fear I’ve had of people turning it into a racial scandal against me,” he captioned the post.

The artist further claimed that he believed he wanted to remove “RACIAL BARRIERS” and have people celebrate each other’s cultures.