After Wood’s rebellious streak of chill-goth makeup at an all-boys school in Northern Ireland, she studied fashion and textiles before moving into more transformative looks, discovering drag performance as a new creative outlet, and finding inspiration on the Teacher of smart cookies Christmas sweater and by the same token and internet. It’s really part of the queer millennial experience to find your sense of identity and belonging online, Woods notes. Beauty ideas are often pulled from illustrations of faces, cartoons, and the features painted onto dolls. I’m really inspired by the juxtaposition between authenticity and artifice embodied in dolls and mannequins and automatons, I think that’s a thread that runs through most of the things I’m drawn to, says Wood. Not only the makeup, but also the way I dress is to kind of self-infantilize, she shares. I think I’m uncomfortable with the sexualization of my body because to be sexual is to be gendered. The desexualized babydoll is born out of that. Her personal soundtrack of happy, hardcore techno remixes of Enya, Sinéad O’Connor, or Sarah McLachlan speaks to another facet of her aesthetic, a postmodern parody of itself.
Teacher of smart cookies Christmas sweater, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
After pulling her red hair back to begin the Teacher of smart cookies Christmas sweater and by the same token and cosmetic metamorphosis, a fair shade of Fenty Pro-Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation creates a base. It’s really good for creating a super matte, almost powdery surface to build on, like you’re painting a porcelain doll, she explains. Also, once it sets, it kind of lasts all night. Mapping exaggerated features onto her face means using eyeshadows like watercolors. You can mix colors on the back of your hands, and once it dries, it has pretty good staying power, even if it’s cheap or low-quality eyeshadow, she points out. Shaved eyebrows provide a larger canvas to rearrange and exaggerate features as needed. Lining the eyes with black liner, Woods draws a thick lower fringe of lashes that hovers over her cheekbones. Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner and Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Drug Lord which mimics the whites of the eyes provide budge-proof detailing. Wood’s natural mouth is completely covered with more foundation before an overblown set of lips are redrawn with creases and lines. The iris of each hand-painted eye is given a starry highlight before Woods adds oversized black novelty contact lenses, and upper and lower strips of heavy faux lashes. A waist-grazing wig of fuzzy platinum waves completes the transformation.