I saw this awesome picture of Tyra Banks on Illamasqua’s Facebook page the other day and I fell in love with it instantly. It’s a really dramatic look for her and I think she wore it superbly well:
Pretty cool, huh? I love the drama! It’s pretty unusual to see the bleached/naked brow trend on someone with a darker skin tone and I love that' she’s doing something different and unusual. I knew I couldn’t pull it off, but wanted to try it anyway!
Eyes: MAC Paint Pot in Blackground, black from Sleek Circus palette, Darling Girl Luxe, pink from Wet n Wild Lust Palette, gold from e.l.f. Day2Night quad.
Face: Marks and Spencer Limited Collection Foundation in Ivory, Kryolan Dermacolor Concealer in D7, used as concealer and to slightly lighten brows.
Cheeks: Sleek Suede Blush, Fyrinnae Moon Child
Lips: MAC Candy Yum Yum, Kiko Super Gloss in 107.
I decided to go all-out and make it a little heavier and more mask like! I really liked how her inner corners looked in the first photo and wanted to use that as a starting point. It’s hard to tell, but the gold does extend across my lids a little more than it looks here. Do I like the look? Yes. Do I think it work for me? Not totally. Do I think if I had a bitching outfit and hair and had my photo taken by someone who knew what they were doing, or if I looked as awesome as Tyra does that I could pull it off better? Fuck yeah. I also wish I added lashes, but Tyra wasn’t wearing any so I didn’t either.
..And now for my rant. Google this look, or look on the Illamasqua page or website for it. The comments people are leaving are beyond belief. “She's just too skinny for such heavy gothic eye.” “You can’t do those eyes/brows with that kind of forehead, sorry.” Um, what the fuck, women? How DARE you get personal! And that is just TWO comments out of many, many similar ones.
You can not like the makeup. You can leave constructive criticism. You can say, “Oooh, not for me!” But slagging of her weight or face shape? It still, to me, beggars belief that people can be SO negative and harsh about other people’s bodies. You can NOT like this makeup on Tyra, and you can absolutely say so, but how dare you talk about someone like that? Her forehead, her body shape, her weight… WERE WE TALKING ABOUT MAKEUP OR JUST BEING ARSEHOLES?! It disgusts me, and quite frankly, whenever someone talks about a black girl not being able to wear X style of makeup, I do sometimes wonder if people are just being racist fucks. Er, she can TOTALLY wear gothic makeup (which I don’t even think this is!).
While we’re on the subject, everyone who is going “she doesn’t know what avant garde is but she thinks she’s soooo fashion trolololol…” Um. Avant garde simply means being experimental, innovative and pushing boundaries. This is NOT a usual eye shape for makeup. This is NOT something Tyra normally wears. The inner corner application and shape, for example, is pretty new and interesting, and all this more so if you consider it all in the context of the red carpet and not, say, the runway. So, yeah, fuck you all, this can easily be construed as avant garde.
And finally… I want to shake my head, in person, and in slow motion, at each and every person who clicked “like” on Illamasqua’s Facebook page and then has the stones to criticize anyone’s makeup for being a little weird or off the wall. Don’t you know shit about that brand you supposedly like? Do you KNOW the origins of that brand? Do you know who is the mastermind behind it all? BITCH DID THIS: