Beauty Call: Toshi
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Bright, colourful, weird, or wonderful—the Japanese street fashion community is home to a wealth of creatives who reimagine themselves with their make-up artistry on a daily basis. Flower stamps, neon lips…a wicked black wing? Make-up transforms and redefines beauty, and Beauty Call is here to introduce and showcase some of the new faces within our community.
Meet Toshi, fairy changeling
and multi-disciplinary artist.
Please introduce yourself!
My name is Toshi Salvino! I go by Dollfille online, which is an homage to the brand of ball-jointed dolls, however I love a good pun so I spell it as “doll” and “fille” (the French word for “girl”). I’m a fairy changeling trapped inside the body of a doll trying to figure out how to navigate the human world. I guess you could say I’m a multi-disciplinary artist, focused in visual art and make-up.
How did you get into make-up?
I found blue lipstick while playing as a child and the second I put it on I was like “this is how my face is supposed to look”. And I never went back.
Tell us about your look and the inspiration behind it!
My theme for this look was Scorpio, which is a huge identifying factor for me! My star chart is HEAVILY in Scorpio, which really explains a lot of my personality (lol). I thought about doing Scorpio style special effects make-up, but ended up doing a body painting of the constellation in the sky over my heart and a kind of glitzy grunge goth make-up. I always feel so much intense power and craziness when I think of Scorpio, so I wanted it to be sexy but very creepy or shocking at the same time. I was going for “Murdered Real Doll High Fashion Editorial”. We actually shot this in my kitchen at like 1am, which I think added to the Scorpio energy.
What does beauty mean to you?
This is a really hard question. Beauty is when you feel that light inside you brightening and burning and golden and it melts away the ice that you’ve sealed all your emotions up with. You can feel it dripping away and cleansing your soul leading you to actually experience many emotions and thoughts at once. If something can make me feel that way it’s beautiful.
Photo editing: @dollfille