Sunday, February 3, 2008

Eye Makeup

First, a disclaimer. This is my personal opinion, and it likely contradicts the fashion industry's latest fashion. At least, I hope so, otherwise people are simply doing terrible things to their faces for no reason. If you don't like my advice, or you are in fashion and feel I'm wrong: I frankly don't care. Do what you will, just don't expect me to like it. Now on to the substance.

I have noticed a trend recently: women are wearing far too much crap around their eyes. When it was just high schoolers "rebelling" and wearing weird eye shadow and gobbing on mascara I really didn't care. Most high school trends die an early death of natural causes. For example, jellies. The exceptions tend to be terrible and irritating. Emos, Uggs and really lame outfits of all descriptions somehow managed to escape into the real world. Now I get to add another to that list: the overuse of eye makeup.

It seems that its a growing problem, as more and more public figures plaster their faces with enough eye liner, shadow and mascara to transform their eyes into black pits of despair. The New York Fashion Week Blog noted that, "one of fall's biggest breaking trends: gray eye shadow." As you can see, it makes what are likely fairly attractive women look like the living dead. This is unfortunate for two reasons. It highlights how god-awful makeup is in the wrong hands, and it makes people think that this looks good. In my opinion, it does not. For a simple case study, look at Eva Green. Most recently co-starring in the Bond film Casino Royale, she provides a good demonstration of how poor lighting and bad eye makeup can turn even a very pretty person ghoulish.

The worst it gets is in the casino scene. Ms. Green's character is tasked with standing around and looking good, something that she normally could pull off easily. Sadly, between the moody lighting and the heavy eyeshadow, she looks her worst in this portion of the film. On the other hand, when the film jumps to Venice, she is wearing far less makeup and looks excellent. See for yourself, watch the film.

*Authors Note; I wrote this awhile ago, so its getting posted a bit behind the curve. I feel that it is still relevant however, and hopefully will lead a few unfortunate fashion victims into the light, so to speak.

Wired recently ran an article on an interesting fad in japan: excessive fake lashes. While I find the technical aspect very interesting, I can't really appreciate the aesthetics.
Robert Alverson