Everyone says “thanks” to Everything Everywhere All at Once. The movie by directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka, Daniels) not solely gifted us with remixes of “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” and googly-eyed rocks that made us cry — it additionally gave us a greatest cinematic style icon: Jobu Tupaki (Stephanie Hsu).
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Originally the Alphaverse model of Evelyn Wang’s (Michelle Yeoh) daughter Joy (additionally performed by Hsu), Jobu’s thoughts are fractured from an excessive amount of verse-jumping. As a consequence, she is continuously feeling all the things in all universes — and what higher strategy to symbolize that sensation of infinity than with a seemingly infinite variety of dazzling appears? From pink, glittery wigs to celestial, pearl-encrusted make-up, Jobu’s larger-than-life styling completely enhances her personal experiences. Plus, it makes for essentially the most memorable, eye-catching, and awesomely ostentatious hair and make-up you will see in a movie this yr.
In a video name with Mashable, Everything Everywhere All at Once‘s make-up division head Michelle Chung and hair division head Anissa E. Salazar broke down 5 of Jobu’s most iconic appearances, in addition to the method behind them.
1. Elvis Jobu
Did any villainous entrance make fairly as huge an effect because of the bizarre and wild shocker that was Elvis Jobu? From the white Elvis jumpsuit to the pink wig to the gems caught to her face, this look is perfection — and an ideal introduction to Jobu’s style sensibilities.
According to Chung and Salazar, Daniels put an immense quantity of belief in them, and costume designer Shirley Kurata when got here to design appears. While some sprang wholesale from the minds of the inventive staff, others — just like the Elvis costume — have been laid out considerably within the script.
Chung and Salazar not solely knew that Jobu can be shown as Elvis, additionally, they knew that she’d arrive shrouded in pink smoke, strolling a pig. From there, Salazar instantly knew that her hair must have the glitz and glam to match. A glitter root and customized pink ombré impact remodeled a blonde store-bought wig into the pink energy look we see on the display screen.
The same want for glam knowledgeable Chung’s make-up decisions. “That was one of many first occasions we actually see [Jobu], so I wished to have a big effect,” stated Chung. She added gems to Jobu’s face for optimum glitziness — and for some stealth emotional turmoil courtesy of teardrop-shaped gems.
“[Jobu] carrying her feelings on her face was the place numerous my appearances got here from. She’s expressing herself via her look,” defined Chung. “So I take advantage of numerous hearts to indicate her love and tears to indicate her unhappiness.”
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2. Goddess Jobu
Credit: Michelle Chung
No breakdown of Jobu’s appearance can be full without this showstopping pearly confection, all topped with a braided black bagel in reference to Jobu’s harmful all-the-things bagel.
Chung’s make-up right here is one of many many cases of Chung, Kurata, and Salazar’s intertwined collaboration course of — one thing Chung described as “natural.” For this look specifically, Kurata revealed she was placing pearls on Jobu’s costume, so Chung built-in pearls into the look to tie all of it collectively. Aside from the pearls, the make-up is white and shimmery, seamlessly matching Jobu’s heavenly outfit and environment.
Almost all the things in these celestial scenes are white, making Jobu’s black bagel hair stand out much more. According to Salazar, the bagel hairpiece itself was made utilizing seven completely different sorts of braids. The impact is textured and entrancing — may be sufficient to make the hair bagel its personal supernatural weapon.
“At one level I used to be like, ‘Well, possibly she may eat folks and suck their souls via the bagel gap,'” Salazar remembered with amusement. If there is an Everything Everywhere All at Once minimize with the lethal hair bagel, I’d like to see it.
Given the splendor of this look — and of all Jobu’s different appearances — it is no shock it is turn out to be successful as a cosplay possibility and a Halloween costume. For Chung and Salazar, this is a large supply of pleasure. It was additionally a part of their preliminary plan.
“Anissa and I have been each like, ‘We simply wish to be Halloween costumes for everyone.’ That was our aim,” stated Chung.
“That was a part of the dialog with Daniels. We have been like, ‘These can be cool appears that folks may recreate,'” added Salazar. “It’s simply been so thrilling to see that this was some of the memorable characters. Between seeing folks use her as cosplay or Halloween costumes, it is simply flooded our social media, and we’re so comfortable about it.”
3. Ok-pop Jobu
Credit: Michelle Chung
This Ok-pop–impressed look options what may be Jobu’s boldest declaration of individuality but: her title, written in the hair throughout her brow. To obtain the impact, Salazar practiced forming the title on a foam head. The “b” introduced the largest problem, though Salazar was in a position to nail it with Chung’s assist on-set.
Salazar was impressed by appears she had seen within the trend world in addition to Korean pop stars, who she described as “trend icons” in their very own proper. Oftentimes, Salazar and Chung would take inspiration from appears they’d thought up previously.
“We had concepts that we had saved away, both from an earlier factor that we could not do or possibly just like the dream editorial photoshoot that we have all the time wished to leap into,” stated Salazar. “And this was our alternative.”
When it got here to the remainder of Ok-pop Jobu’s hair, which is held again with a collection of enjoyable, colorful clips, Salazar was impressed by the Japanese Harajuku style. She was really in Tokyo earlier than the shoot, so she was in a position to purchase clips for Jobu from the Harajuku neighborhood itself.
While everybody thinks of this look as “Ok-pop Jobu,” Chung had a distinct nickname for it: “Sad clown.” The orange triangles below Jobu’s eyes and the orange on the very tip of her nostril recall minding a twist on clown make-up. They additionally assist create an impact that appears like Jobu has been crying.
“I wished the runny nostril type of feeling,” defined Chung. “It’s so humorous as a result of they’re doing all these make-up tutorials these days referred to as the ‘chilly lady’ look, the place it appears such as you’re chilly exterior, and it is virtually the identical feeling.”
Jobu’s melancholy make-up contrasts sharply together with her Ok-pop hair and colorful, teddy bear-adorned jacket — Kurata’s personal Jeremy Scott piece. “She’s carrying this loopy enjoyable outfit … however she’s actually this unhappy lady carrying all these items to indicate how her feelings are actually working uncontrolled,” stated Chung. “I wished her to appear like she’d been blowing her nostril for too lengthy, crying secretly —”
“But nonetheless stylish!” Salazar added.
4. Goth Jobu
Credit: Michelle Chung
Jobu continues to put on her feelings on her face in this goth-inspired look that she wears throughout one every of her darkest confrontations with Evelyn. Amid a black, spiky outfit, two hearts stand out on her cheeks.
“She really nonetheless loves her mother a lot, and [this look] was for this scene the place she’s so indignant whereas speaking to her mother,” defined Chung. “Having the hearts on her face was a pleasant little jab at her carrying her coronary heart on her sleeve.”
This was one every of many make-up appearances Chung was ready for simply in case she ever wanted a totally new look whereas taking pictures. Filming for Everything Everywhere All at Once happened over eight weeks — on such a decent schedule, she and Salazar needed to be prepared for something, even pulling a brand new look out of skinny air on quick discovery. Both Chung and Salazar acquired their begin in unbiased movies so that they’re used to engaged on a time crunch and with brief finances, even reusing elements of previous appears in new ones if crucial.
For instance, the hairpiece for this goth look was additionally utilized in flashback sequences and for Jobu’s scene lady look. Here, although, Salazar drew inspiration from Jobu’s costume and from anime.
“[Kurota] had talked about [Jobu’s] necklace and spikes and goth boots, and immediately I used to be like, ‘We’ve acquired to do a goth Sailor Moon hair, that may solely match the image accurately,” stated Salazar. She formed the hairpiece to have Sailor Moon bangs, then added house buns — full of faux barbed wire wrapped around them — and a glitter root. The glitter she used additionally got here from her time in Tokyo; to suit the Sailor Moon theme, it is formed like crescent moons and stars.
The hearts and glittery moons strike up an enjoyable juxtaposition with Jobu’s all-black ensemble — and her harsh actions all through this scene. “She’s actually going via it, however, you wish to make her look candy and cute and harmless when she’s really the villain,” stated Salazar.
5. Hodgepodge Jobu
Looks-wise, the ultimate evolution of Jobu Tupaki is a jumble of all her earlier costumes, full of huge, fluffy hair and a conceptual, Picasso-inspired make-up look.
“Basically, at this level, all the things’s popping out — she’s carrying all her wardrobe at the identical time,” stated Chung. “So I used to be like, ‘Let’s put all the things on the identical airplane [for her makeup].’ Because that was Picasso’s thought — all the things were on one airplane.”
The finish consequence is a surprising, graphic look: oddly-rotated lips, eyes painted over Jobu’s eyelids, and one other teardrop on her face. It’s paired with a wild hairdo that may look as at dwelling on an haute-couture runway because it does within the movie.
To obtain what Salazar described because of the “cotton sweet impact,” she created a number of determined eights with bobby pins in several sizes. She additionally minimizes bangs erratically to emphasize Jobu’s hodgepodge look.
“The bang I assumed would complement the make-up,” stated Salazar. “You have just a little little bit of a disconnect, so it is nonetheless trendy and nonetheless bizarre.”
You would suppose that having one character put on all these wild hair and make-up appears can be a recipe for incongruence, however in Everything Everywhere All at Once, Jobu’s excessive style works. Yes, your entire movie revolves around the idea of the multiverse, however, it’s greater than that. With widespread threads between every look, be they glitter roots or teardrops, Chung and Salazar created coherence out of chaos. These appearances are wild and trendy, however, they’re additionally deeply grounded in Jobu’s character. As with the need to make appears that audiences may recreate, this to deal with the character was all the time a part of the plan.
As Salazar put it: “It was extraordinarily necessary to maintain these characters authentically themselves but additionally have the viewers really feel and see that it is the identical individual.” That’s the facility of glitter, wigs, and unbelievable hair and make-up expertise.