I don't find it poorly executed; it's too harsh to be unintentional, which instantly says something about her personality and in turn, her look. She knows full well what it is she is accomplishing as an overall atmosphere.
Reminds me of bohemian kohl smudged eyes. Intentional and unapologetic. Well done to this young woman, and to Scott ;)
beautiful girl, i definitely prefer the second shot. the darker colour of her make up is more striking and makes her seem almost like a different person and character, much stronger compared to the first shot.
i like her make up better too in the second portrait, where it's been more heavily applied on the eye it seems more artistic, i agree with others that her make up in the first shot seems a little messy.
i have to agree with everyone on the makeup comments. i was so distracted by the eyeliner smear in the first picture and the blotchy lipstick in the second that i barely noticed how beautiful she is. only after a second look did i notice the fabulous fur coat. http://indieelectronicalternative.blogspot.com/
These shots gave me 2 things. The freshness and playfulness of young cheeky girls trying on mum's make-up and mezmorized just like an impressionism painting, if you squint your eyes everything magically transforms into a clear vision, up close you can see brush by brush! Character in a glance!
She's very pretty but I cannot stand that make-up. It looks a tad sloppy. Though I do appreciate the cool look she was going for with her eye color, and my distaste for the look is not in any way indicative of how awesome I think it is that she took such a bold risk.
Funny, I actually appreciate the photos even more because of the un-tweezed brows and smudged makeup! It shows there is a real human being underneath. Maybe that this look is more attainable, somehow. It also accentuates her willingness to be playful and a little messy.
Looks like the make-up at Marc Jacobs and Chanel a few seasons ago. Francois Nars, if I'm not mistaken. I appreciate the effort, but it's not working. At this level of deconstruction, one needs a flawless canvas to make it work, and she just does not have it. She is beautiful, but the roughness of the look highlights every tiny imperfection of her otherwise perfect skin (and she barely has any).
While I appreciate the beauty of every individual, I am having a hard time understanding these two photos. The make up is poorly done, and the close shot does no justice. I always find something to love/admire/appreciate in all of your photos- for the first time I am disappointed…. Maybe I just do not understand what you were trying to get across.
There's one thing that I don't get and I'm not the only one. Her eyebrows. I don't care that much for that kind of thing usually, but in this case, that's what struck me most. The thing is she's wearing her hair back with a small headband, both times, to accentuate her face I guess. Then, she puts on some heavy make-up, to accentuate mostly her eyes and her lips. The whole look is about her face being the center of attention. With such accents put on the eyes and face, I really don't get the messy eyebrows…
She's absolutely beautiful and her style is fabulous. I love the playful, intense, stylized makeup–all the more because it's not "perfect." There are few things more tiresome than "groomed" looks. This woman looks like a person with a) more important things to do than obsess about her eyebrows and lipstick touch-ups and b) the confidence to not care what others think about them. Brava.
I think the point is not deconstruct the subjects makeup choices ("I like, I don't like") but I think inspirational aspect of the shots is to think of how makeup choices can be used to transform ones style so dramatically. We have "two portraits" of one young lady expressing perhaps two different moods or personas through makeup as a stylistic choice. Brava to her!
I'm really surprised you 've published something like this, isn't cool or elegant at all, the make up is to strong and poorly done.There's any beauty, or hidden beauty, in it. Isn't chic , isn't The Sartorialist, it reminds me of those jersey shore girls. You can't pass the message that a shabby make up is nice.
my opinion is that you either do it right or you simply don't. she's such a beutiful girl and in both shots she looks sloppy and cheap. i believe scott is trying to point out that some people can do things outside the rules and still be confident with themselves, which is great. i would be curious how does her outfit looks as maybe she paired a sloppy make-up with a perfect ensemble. who knows?
great photos – actually love the fact that the way the photo reveals every single detail – even if that emphasizes what many have commented on as "ugly" or "wrong". That it is intentionally rough seems pretty obvious – of course it is – and it is obviously inspired by styling trends, runway, street (jersey shore girls haha) drag queens, historical styles and all there might possibly be – we live in that kind of world – and it's wonderful, anachronistic and full of different ways of understanding concepts like beauty. Fashion is all about that. I guess for many of Sartorialist readers it's surprising and even shocking to see something that is "ugly" presented as something "beautiful". I wish I had the balls to wear my face like that.
She is beautiful and I love her makeup color choices.
Though I have to say that whether or not her 'sloppy' application is intentional or not, it doesn't work. One can be more carefree with natural colors,pinks, or smudgy eyeshadow but black liner, dark lips, and a woman's eyebrow line require precision. I hope she tries these looks again with a little more polish.
Um, okay… I'm not a fan of what you might call 'classic makeup' with soft pinks, mauves, etc, but to me this looks more trashy than artsy/punk-ish, sorry. Actually, just the fact that I can see her eyebrows growing out is a huge turnoff for me. She's very pretty though, I think she could've created a much more interesting look than this.
intentional or not…. to show that her eyebrows were growing out looks pretty tacky and UNclean. although she's beautiful… she looks like one of those girls that you see on the street who are trying too hard. was that the intentional look that was being sought?
Wait, isn't this Jourdan Dunn, the model? So it's not entirely beyond the realm of reason that she could be coming from a show or something on the 2nd shot? If it is her, even if she's just going to buy bread down the road, being a supermodel allows you certain privileges, not least of all being "outrageous", "smudged" make-up for godsake!
In the first photo she looks conventionally pretty, a little too much makeup on her eyes, but OK.In the second, she looks like a drag queen. Interesting. The harsh lines and the uneven application are probably deliberate. Could she be deconstructing makeup for us? And if so, to what effect? To make a statement about how we 'face' the world? The second photo is actually rather terrifying to look at, I wouldn't want to cross her. The first, a soft look for 'women'.
I like her face, very expressive and determined,yet very feminine. However, what's up with that make up? It' s not smudged, it's because she lacks precision… Or at least, she didn't achieved the desired smudged effect. The colours combination is excellent (especially in the second pic), which makes me think that she is no amateur…
Like the stray hairs left in her brows, I think perhaps she just didn't have time to perfect her look(or maybe a victim of dim lit bathroom?) She's a pretty girl though. It's a pity this was the outcome as it really could have been fantastic..the idea is great and all the colors flatter her.
At first I was turned off by the messy makeup but upon reading some of the comments and looking again, I do think it was intentional and beautifully so. There's nothing dirty or disgusting about growing out eyebrows – hair grows. What's ugly is this fixation on artificiality and perfection. The sloppy application of this girl's makeup and the unnatural shades present makeup as an 'art' or stylistic choice rather than an attempt at a 'perfect' face and it's great.
Anyway the blog is for whatever the blogger wants it to be about. Stop following it if you don't like it!
I don't know what she is saying, if anything, with her makeup. Whatever her intentions are, this makes me think about beauty. She is beautiful, no matter how she applies her makeup, so this can be interpreted as carefree. She is so beautiful, but maybe this can be seen as intentional blurring of our perception of her. My mind is buzzing on this, and that is what is so entertaining and enjoyable about fashion and style!
Anonymous 1:18–Yes, I _have_ gone out wearing squirrelly eyeliner, mascara and liner I knew would smudge or have fallout, far more liner than most would deem "appropriate," gloss I knew would wear off quickly, and the like. I sometimes skip doing my brows when they need it.
Why? I have a life & generally have better things to do than work myself into a tizzy about looking "perfect" in someone else's eyes. I've crafted a style for myself, and it's MY style. And I don't give a flying rat's nether bits about anyone's "approval" of my freakin' eyeliner.
Hence, my props for this lovely woman and her fierce style are real.
(And for a moment of karma–the "magic word" for posting this comment is, I kid you not, "hatin." Even the random cyber-universe agrees: no hatin on the smudge!)
The second one gives an everyday look more drama.. I dunno if it's the eye make-up or the contrast of her skin and the coat.. Nevertheless, I think it's brilliant.. It makes her a beautiful canvas even without the glitters and jewelries.
Is she a model? The make up looks a bit runway. people don't often think to line their eyebrows in purple just to walk around. And how did you run into the woman twice unless you know her? So, likely a model.
Day to night :) Just a change of hairband, a darker shadow and more eyeliner and a dark lippy and voila! How effortless is that eh! I like it I like it I like it… except that (sorry can't help being a little bit OCD)…CAREFUL WITH YOUR LIPPY against that lovely white collar, girlfriend!
You know, this makes me think about what makeup is really all about. When I was a teenager, makeup was either about covering up my horrible skin, or about trying to look older than I was…neither very authentic reasons to wear makeup, and yet it changed the way I felt about myself to wear it. Now when I wear makeup, I wear very little. Looking fresh to me is much more important than looking different, because looking fresh make me feel good, and healthy. Every once in a while though, just for kicks or boredom, I sit in front of the mirror and give myself some crazy stage makeup, like vines running across my face or fierce war paintish slashes. I don't like wearing this makeup outside (unless on very special occasions), but I do like the hour or so wearing it, because it makes me feel different. Either stronger, more intimidating, more peaceful, whatever.
So, I wonder how this makeup is making this girl feel.