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BOY BEAUTY

Some boys are beautiful. Some boys are hot or fine, and some are pretty, but some are beautiful. So beautiful that you start to wonder if you can siphon off some of that delicious, delicious allure into your own beauty game. Or I do, anyway; I love taking inspiration for beauty looks from abstract sources, like architecture, or the weather, since there’s so much more freedom of interpretation there compared to a ’ “70s makeup’  Pinboard or whatever. Here are three ways to translate some fine masculinity into your look.

If you’re into the ‘raw beauty’ look that debuted at the Alexander Wang and Balmain SS14 shows, showcasing bone structure is right up your alley- you’re probably doing it already. But looking at these always make me pat a bit more highlighter on and linger over the clear mascara in Boots, plus they’re so ~*fresh and clean*~ I find that they make the idea of really light summer makeup appealing rather than horrifying. (This season try ‘reverse highlighting’, as endorsed by Pat McGrath herself: carry a blotting powder and use it on the areas you don’t want shine, leaving the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and center of the forehead bare.) It’s all clean skin, strong brows, neat hair and shedloads of mascara.

Harry Uzoka by Lea Colombo
Alex Blair by Mariya Mileva
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Since makeup is usually out of bounds, photographers often play with colour in the background or clothes to create a mood and it can open your eyes to using colours on your skintone that previously you might have given a side eye:

Joseph Gio Degbadjo and Josue Comoe by Mehdi Sefrioui
Joseph Gio Degbadjo and Josue Comoe by Mehdi Sefrioui
Mac Phiri by Paolo Vivas
Mac Phiri by Paolo Vivas
Jordan Matheson
Jordan Matheson. (Fair enough he appears to be wearing lipstick here but sugar pink accented with grey? I would not have thought of that!)

I think male models have to work harder with their facial expressions since there’s no makeup to shill- they have very little on their faces to create interest there. (Hence ‘Blue Steel’! Not forgetting ‘Ferrari’ and ‘Le Tigre’.) Anyway, this is giving me huge Wanda-Woodward-in-Cry-Baby vibes, but with smudged black eyeliner and nude lipstick instead of the usual ’50s look. Long live freedom of interpretation!

Darius Williams by David Agbodji
Darius Williams by David Agbodji

 

 

Damn straight, girl.

 

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