I was one of several folks totally panting for the menswear in Alexander McQueen’s F2009 show. And while the clothes are made of yes and form an interesting contrast to other things we’re seeing, it was the make-up that got my brain clicking.
The red ringing beneath the eyes, set off by that winter pallor? Absolutely villainous and surprisingly a long standing part of my eye make-up rotation. Also totally something that most people cover up and don’t do on purpose.
“Why not take the purple in a bruise and use it as an eye colour? It’s a very natural thing to do.”
Faas, a former special effects artist with lots of bruises and cuts under her belt, calls it “Human Colours“. I think it’s, like, a beautiful circle (though it’s probably more of a hearkening to something quite different) that on the front page there’s an image with the same under-eye red seen on McQueen’s runway.
Make-up traditionally covers up and/or distracts from that what you don’t want shown, emphasises that which you do. In the expanding culture of coolness—where you can buy things that make it look like you spent time and pain under the tattooist’s needle or dedication in stretching your piercings—make-up like Shiner (one of the many soc-cultural gems in Spike’s Templar, Arizona) doesn’t seem too out of line. We’re wanting to emphasise something different.
I know my paltry collection of colour, in bruised purples and blues, sallow yellows and lip tone nudes already align with the idea of “Human Colour”, despite my originally buying them for their brightness and darkness. Now I just need to play with it more. Nothing however, will tear me away from my red.