From the innocence of Juliet’s round, rosy cheeks to the sunken eyes of a battle-worn soldier, make-up has the power to personify emotion. It has also has the ability to de-personify. To turn what was once human into animal, vegetable or mineral; what was once benign into angelic, sinister or otherworldly. Photographer and make-up artist Eva Senin Pernas has taken the transformative world of make-up “to the mattresses,” or rather, the lips.
Pernas, twenty-six, was inspired by the silver screen, fairy tales and even the universe to create a series of photographs using herself, in particular her lips, as a model. From Disney to Tim Burton, she crafted infamous cultural images using make-up as an artistic medium, paint to a paintbrush.
Born in the small town of La Coruña, Spain, Pernas grew up with a trifecta of loves: architecture and interior design, photography and of course, make-up. These passions are evident in the multi-dimensional nature of her artistry. The careful application of glitter, gem stones, eye-liners, paints, even miniature pieces of fruit: (limes, strawberries, oranges) and sugar cubes.
Pernas uses human form as a pallet for beloved movies and other inspiring images. Instead of painting the lips of a character, like, say Holly Golightly (below), she takes a well-known symbol, image or set from the movie or idea and recreates it using her own lips.
She has also used her craft to create homages to darker works. The result is immediately recognizable and morbidly sexy. She captures the essence of movies/books like “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and even procedural crime shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order,” using black eyeliner, fake blood and her own finger prints.
There is no mistaking Pernas’ whimsy. Her photographs capture our imagination, not only in the cinema but also in the numerous possibilities that exist, to change form and to reinvent oneself. Much like Alice found as she tumbled down the rabbit hole, reality isn’t necessarily what it seems. The human skin, is not a static thing; rather it can be the stuff of dreams.