Men in Makeup


My dad recently told me that some Korean guys wear a little makeup e.g. eye shadow or foundation. I was taken aback by this. I thought it was really cool and daring for these young men to help loosen the constraints of the traditionally unforgiving male gender role. Some Mods of the 60s also took up this trend but it didn’t last. I remember Mick Jagger wore dark blue glitter eye shadow in at least one Rolling Stones concert in the 1970s. I don’t know what it is but there’s something mysterious and alluring about darker coloured lids no matter the sex. Joaquin Pheonix’s character in 2000’s Gladiator also had gilded lids. He also rocked some awesome rings by the way. Great movie and great style.

However, David Bowie’s early 70s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, was a bit extreme. Very haute couture and avant guarde though. It inspires fashion to this day. I recently saw a magazine cover in Hong Kong with Kate Moss on the cover sporting bleached brows and red mullet, clearly paying homage to Bowie’s Ziggy. Another 70s fashion icon is Alexander DeLarge of 1971’s cult classic A Clockwork Orange. Fake eyelashes on one eye is much easier to imitate than Ziggy Stardust and is somehow quite menacing. You might spot some Alex’s on Halloween. I sure have.


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