Having trained as a Make-up Artist and worked professionally as one for a number of years, it’s no surprise that I embrace lots of styles of make-up and seldom find anything (well, in terms of make-up!) controversial. For me, it’s all art. So long as it’s done well.
'Artist's impression' of how Lina might look if she did her doll make-up
There seems to be a new growing trend amongst the tweens (and younger) to look like a doll. Now, in terms of beauty, I think when this look is executed well it can look amazing. It is a work of art. It is beautiful and embraces everything I love about make-up. But the reality is when girls put on unnatural contact lenses to make their eyes wider and brighter, wear fake doll like lashes and change the texture of their skin so it resembles plastic, critics say they risk sexualising a look that is meant to look like a child (but hey, wasn’t Barbie meant to be 18?!), and That Is Wrong To Encourage.
I don’t know. Well actually I do know and I don’t agree with it. If a sick fuck is gonna get turned on because something reminds them of a child in their eyes, they are a sick fuck because they got turned on because of that reason. Most normal people wouldn’t. They might however get turned on because what they see is beautiful, with no child connotations at all (youth maybe, but I wouldn’t say child), and that is completely acceptable. So why should people object to that? The doll trend isn’t based on looking like a child, it’s about looking like something that they consider beautiful. And perfect. And more than anything, non-human and unnatural, which is a whole other debate in itself.
So xojaners, this is what I’m asking. Would you find it inappropriate for me to do a make-up tutorial on ‘How to do the Doll Look’? Does the idea of me transforming my skin into plastic and making my already large eyes unnaturally larger horrify you? Or are you, like me, simply curious to see how it all happens and would like to know how to transform yourself into a doll, just because. ‘Cause stuff is out there to make it happen, and I personally find that exciting and liberating.
I guess it’s one of those things that either appeals to you or it doesn’t. For me, looking back I’ve realised I’ve always been into the doll look. Many of my teen icons symbolised that look, for instance, Gwen Stefani looks a bit like a doll. As does (or did) Courtney Love. Because of my idols when I was a teen I lived in painted red lips, plucked out eyebrows (which I then drew back in in razor sharp lines) and much heavier than I needed base. I used to wear tiaras to the pub with little pink slips or babydoll dresses and big Mary Jane platforms.
At one point I even had a wand that played music and shone lights when I shook it, which I used to carry around with me (it was a birthday gift that a friend had bought in the pound shop, that phase lasted about a week until I lost it). Whenever I asked my sister if my make-up looked okay, she’d reply, ‘well, it looks how you want it to look. You look like a doll’. And she was right. I hadn’t fully realised it at the time but I was striving to look like a doll, albeit a broken one, but a doll nonetheless. However nobody considered it controversial back then in the nineties (well, only in the ’all non-GAP wearers are freaks’ way), so what really is the difference now? Just because there are newer, better and more sophisticated ways to achieve it?
Anyway, it’s over to you. Would you be interested in learning the tricks to make yourself look like a doll or do you think I’m disgusting for even suggesting it, haha..