Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
A friend requested an article about male eyeliner and after bumbling around on the internet I was totally hooked on figuring out which guys are wearing makeup and what makes them decide to take the plunge. I say plunge, because I don't think many realize what they're getting into when they consider wearing makeup. Makeup requires more than just the actual makeup, scroll down to my "It List" post to see the various stuff required to apply a full face of makeup.
This may be why a lot of guys aren't opposed to black eyeliner. It's easy to get used to because it resembles a common every day tool, a pencil. And part of the appeal of guyliner is that it doesn't need to be perfect. No winged cat-eye liquid liner here, sister! In fact, the smudgier and more imperfect, the better.
Guyliner is the perfect gateway to the world of makeup products, hence Jean Paul Gaultier's makeup line, "Monsieur", whose signature product is the "crayon-kohl" (eyeliner).
Monsieur, indeed! There's even an instruction video for the novice* guy-liner.
(*to be said in french accent)
I think eyeliner can be worn by guys if it's done right. Makeup, on the other hand, (like foundation, mascara, lip gloss) is tough to pull off by guys who don't want it to look like they're wearing it. 2 seconds in poor lighting, and the jig is up.
Here are my personal yay's and ney's of guyliner, using photos of some of the most well known 'liners' of our time:
Green Day: Ney!! Smudging eyeliner just on the lower lid is for halloween, not the red carpet.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day: Yay!! Subtle, yet brings the dramz. Lookin' good, Billie Joe.
Brandon Flowers of The Killers: Ney!! Is it even possible to be too subtle? This technique is overly feminine...I dunno, maybe it's the cranberry-coloured satin jacket and waxed eyebrows. Brandon Flowers of The Killers: Yay!! This pose makes it hard to tell, but there is a definite improvement in his eyelining technique. The eyeliner looks like it's meant to be there, no subtleties here, buddy boy.
Dave Naverro of Jane's Addiction: Ye-Ne-yy?! I can't make up my mind! Is this good or bad?? The goatee is bad, right? It's grossness is throwing me off. But I don't mind the liner and shading.
Criss Angel, "illusionist": Ney!!!! Ok, I won't hold this against him too much because judging by the mesh and goggle sunglasses this is probably circa 1998. But, this is definitely the wrong way to use guyliner. It's too heavy and in combination with everything else, it's over the top.
Criss Angel, illusionist: Yay! Putting the pure cheese aside, I like the eyeliner. In this case, it works. Kudos to you, Chrissss, narcacism and all.
Rules of Guyliner:
1. As a guy, if you're going to use eyeliner, or know someone who is dabbling with the idea, make sure it is put on with a sure hand. Don't try to make it look like you're not wearing eyeliner, that always backfires.
2. Although you should apply it like you mean it, too heavy of a hand makes guyliner look like part of a Halloween costume.
3. After applying it on both top and bottom lids, smudge with a q-tip to ensure the liner is right at the lash line and not hovering just above.
4. Don't use anything glittery or liquid, the dryer the pencil the better.
5. Apply it with your audience in mind, are you going to a wedding (au natural is best) or out on the town (layer it on!).
6. Wear it with confidence.
Rimmel makes a great eyeliner, it's easy to use and cheap. Remember to buy a sharpener and keep it separate from the sharpener you'd use for desk pencils.
Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye Pencil in Jet Black
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Smith's Rosebud Salve: Like vaseline but more glamourous. It can be applied as a lip treatment, lip gloss, blemish healer (when the skin gets dry and cracked from acne potions), eye brow gel, the list goes on.
Urban Decay Primer Potion: use as a primer/base for eyeshadow, it also evens out skin tone (eliminates redness) and gives concealer something more to grip to (great for the occasional emergency pimple cover-up, although not recommended for every-day use)
Benefit benetint: a rosey coloured tint that can be used as a cheek tint (apply to moisterized skin or else the 'tint' becomes a 'stain') and as a lip colour with great lasting power.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Here are some videos I found that have really good explainations and tips for make-up application:
Ford Model make-up artist, Fatima Olive, shares her make-up must-haves. This is a really good tutorial for basic make-up application:
Ford Model make-up artist Johnny LaVoy shows how to create a modern version of the classic smokey-eye. Such a great eye for the upcoming holiday season. Picture this with electric blue for New Years Eve, or peuter and black for a tamer but still glamazon eye effect.
How to use liquid eye-liner. Top tips and techniques! alliteration is key for make-up tutorials..i find.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Alberta Ferretti Fall '08
cat-eye black liquid liner, pale skin.
peuter gray eyeshadow, stained berry lips, pale luminous glow to skin.