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men, makeup and me

24 Jun

Did you know that most of the winners of the Academy Award for Best Makeup are men? I was kinda surprised by that.  I think we have some sexism here, folks.

Not sure who is being most sexist; me, for making assumptions about the makeup industry being chicks-only?  The film industry for giving all the good jobs to the boys?  Or the Academy for overlooking a shit-ton of talented women and only recognising the relatively few men in the industry?

Anyway, we’re not here today to delve too deeply into that.  I just thought I would draw it to your attention, as when I win an Oscar, I will be even more special because I’m a woman, and the world will be 0.00000000000000000000000000000001% less sexist in that moment.  I really am making this planet a better place for us all.

So.  As previously discussed:

  • while makeup CAN change the world;
  • no one NEEDS makeup (by this I mean you look fine just the way you are), but if you LIKE makeup and WANT to get involved;
  • makeup can be enjoyed by EVERYONE, and ANYONE can be good at it.

Glad we’ve cleared that up.

Speaking of men, makeup and the Oscars.  Whenever I am chatting to a male and they find out that I’m an aspiring makeup artiste, they’ll react in one of two ways.

Either ‘cool/that’s nice/tell me more/good for you/who cares let’s talk about the weather’, OR they’ll leap about screaming “NO WAY would I ever let you do my makeup!!!  Argh!  You’d make me look like a girl, do you even have a spare skirt with you and do you think your heels would fit???”

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One thing these two types of men have in common is that I didn’t offer to do their makeup.  Of course, I love doing male makeup and I also happen to think that:

  • there’s nothing wrong with men getting done up to look like girls, if they want;
  • there is such thing as makeup on men that still has them looking like men.

Have these people never heard of Jack Sparrow, Alice Cooper, Brandon Flowers?  Sheeeeesh.

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one day, grasshopper

22 Jun
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pop art makeup by Karla Powell

Yep, that’s a photo.  Of a person.  Not a photo of a drawing.  Isn’t that just MADNESS?  

Now that I have a not-that-smartphone, and Instagram (@imogenmaxwell of course), I can follow all the big kid makeup artists like the incredible Karla Powell who created the photo above, and feel sick with jealousy wherever there’s WiFi.  I can’t wait ’til I’m that good.

Why don’t you go have a look at the progress shots of Karla recreating this look at this weekend’s IMATS – http://www.instagram.com/karlapowellmua –  friggin’ mindblowing.

Anyway.  Next agenda item.  Today’s cowboy-metal gold is brought to you by Company of Wolves.  If you can ignore the horrendous opening, about a minute in comes the good stuff.  

80s dudes lost in Scotland, rocking out.  Kind of like me, but I’m a girl and my mullet’s not that long (yet).  Enjoy.

The pub in Doune is actually called the Hog & Heifer now, or something like that anyway.  Monty Python fans will recognise the castle.

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