Hello! I'm back with another weird and wonderful makeup tutorial for you today. I had the awesome opportunity to make some sponsored content inspired by the new film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It only takes one look at the trailer, the actors and who directed it to understand my excitement about this project!
*cough* Tim Burton *cough* Eva Green *cough* Help me.
The story is about people with 'peculiarities'. For example, one girl has the peculiarity of incredible strength, one boy has the peculiarity of invisibility and there are some more unusual peculiarities too, like the girl who has a mouth on the back of her head and the boy who has empathy with bees and keeps them in his belly. At first I decided to try make my own character up for my video but I actually had a bit of a nightmare coming up with the concept since most of the peculiarities aren't physically obvious in a way that would make for an interesting makeup look. I ended up deciding on a girl whose head and limbs were detachable and held on with ribbons, like a corset. I planned to make a 'skin corset' prosthetic with eyelets and ribbon that I could apply around the neck and wrists etc. But when I tried it, it just didn't look good enough. I think the concept was cool and interesting but visually it wasn't enough for me, it just looked like I was wearing accessories from my emo teenage years.
Back to the drawing board.
I played around with a few more ideas but was having a hard time making up my own character that was original. Instead, I decided to take another look at the film and the book to see if there was anything else I could take inspiration from. Then it hit me - what about Enoch's dolls?! Enoch is one of my favourite characters in the book. He's strange and a little dark and I like that. His peculiarity is to bring dead things to life and he makes little clay homunculi and sometimes pops a doll head on top. Weird, right? Just my cup of tea. They're also even creepier than I'd imagined them in the film, so I can't believe it took me so long to think of the idea to turn myself into one!
I've never made anything like this eye piece before so I'm really happy with how it turned out. The one on the left was my first attempt and the one on the right was my second which turned out SO much better! Even though it was falling off by the end, I still managed to get my photos taken and I feel like I've learnt something for next time. :)