Initial Ideas for Doll Makeup

When I first think of dolls I think of painted china dolls and then I think of them as porcelain victorian dolls with the big beautiful dresses, big blue eyes and curled voluminous hair. I initially thought of taking an aspect of a doll and translating each aspect into each girls, so they’d all look different. Below are images I took of porcelain victorian dolls I had at home. I assumed that they all had big blue eyes, but intact they all have different, for example blue, green and brown. This inspired me to give each of my girls different coloured eyes to suit their character.

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However when I then started looking more into the high fashion doll makeup, I started to find more interesting and avant-garde looks that I think would look much more effective and abstract. I found many different looking doll makeup looks, with different colouring and styling etc. I first thought that I would make all the dolls look vaguely the same and only change certain aspects of them; however now I have decided to not only give them different personalities but for their personalities to be shown through the styling.

I want each girl to look like a doll with their makeup and styling, but to each look very different. I decided I wanted them all to be stereotypes of girls so I think I want one to be a goth, one to be a girly girl/baby and then one to be more of an old fashioned pin up. I think this would allow me to be very creative with each look and I am really excited to start designing them! The images below are the images that gave me the inspiration to do three different looks.
VAN SLYKE, R., 2014. Halloween. In: Pinterest. 2014 [29 October 2015]. Available from:

DEERE, D., 2012. Another Doll Makeup Look. In: Doe Deere Blogazine. 13 March 2012 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

CUDED, 2013. Fashion Portraits by Stanislav Istratov. In: Cuded. 13 March 2013 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

WISSEM, S., 2013. Inspiratie Voor Carnaval Make-Up. In: BeautyBlog. 2 February 2013 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

Dee, H., 2010. Doll Makeup. In: Makeup and Life by HollieDee. 5 July 2010 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

KITRINE, 2012. Fashion Photography: Mechanical Dolls. In: Fine Fettle. 9 March 2012 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

VOODICA, 2009. Porcelain Doll [24 October 2015]. Available from:

ZIENTEK, K., 2013. Make up for a competition organised by Pijalnie Coffee and Chocolate Mount Blanc praline inspired by Pearl Strawberry. In: Make Up Blog. 12 July 2013 [24 October 2015]. Available from:

gothic doll makeup
HAYASHI, W., 2014. Picture of Wylona Hayashi. In: Listal. 11 June 2014 [24 October 2015]. Available from:


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