Cool Halloween makeup, for one thing. This fun "Hard as Hell" makeup by Mayela Vazquez (above) is anything but if you just follow the instructions below the podcast.
But is there more to his maquillage than meets the ghoulish eye? I would argue: yes. It's another sign, along with the apocalyptical ennui observed by io9.com that we've moved beyond just throwing up our collective hands in the *face* - so to speak - of impending doom and instead decided to paint it...doomsayers in the know prefer the longlasting, Endtime-proof formulations of Makeup Forever & Illamasqua. (Rick Owens's fiery apocalyptic runway show for Fall 2012)
In movieland, we've moved beyond just wringing our hands and bemoaning the fact the end is nigh. "Think about movies in 2012 that featured New York being trashed — the main one that comes to mind is probably The Avengers," continues io9. "Unlike previous years' crops of New York-gets-trashed films, this one featured a gang of superbeings fighting back. And the next year's crop of big tentpole movies include mass destruction, being battled by giant mecha (Pacific Rim), Superman (Man of Steel), and the Starship Enterprise (Star Trek). We're not dwarfed by the scale of the destruction in those movies, we're big enough to weigh in. Idris Elba even declaims in the Pacific Rim trailer that the apocalypse is cancelled."
What I also found interesting about the archetype of the apocalypse is that Carl Jung identified it in the early 1950s. Calling out the approaching "End Time" was more than just an intellectual attempt to put all of society on the analyst's couch; rather, he felt every individual had some degree of power to change the future and that if enough people were aware on a conscious level of this archetype, the fate of future could in fact be altered in a positive way. (image)
Which is, I think, one of the key characteristics of the Apocalytical fashion tribe. Yes, they're worried about The End but they're also of the mind that it's in our power to change things. And rocking makeup is a fun and fab way to shed some humor on the situation 'cuz everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine. (To say nothing of having something cool to wear when all hell breaks loose, like this clever leather "Victory" vest by Anahata Designs which comes with detachable long sleeves that easily transform it into a jacket.)
Here's the podcast I recorded about this:
Music: "Moonlight Hall" by Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech.com
- Lesley Scott
How-To: Create the ‘Hard as Hell’ Halloween makeup by Mayela Vazquez
SKIN: The more pale, the better - go several shades lighter than your natural skin color. Try: Make-Up Forever Face and Body Liquid Make-Up for a waterproof natural, satin finish and The Famous HD Powder.
EYEBROWS: The no-brow look is part of what makes this makeup H-A-R-D. Which eyebrows aren't. An easy way to hide 'em (assuming you haven't yet plucked them into oblivion) is to smooth foundation over them and complete the disappearing act by dusting on a layer of powder.
EDGES: Shadows under the cheekbones are key - use a small brush (more control) and apply brown or even purple eyeshadow. Then switch to a light shimmer to bring out highlights along the top of the bone.
EYES: You'll need black mascara, a dark eyeshadow such as purple or burgundy, a pair of fake eyelashes and two colors of eyeliner: black & white. Apply the white eyeliner along the inside your lower eyelids. Follow with a smoky eye using the dark shadow and then add depth by applying black eyeliner in the corner of the eyes. Lastly, glue on those falsies & pile on the mascara. Try: eyelashes by Shu Uemura, Make-Up Forever or Ardell; Illamasqua lipstick (the darker, the better) - good ones are Illamasqua's Pristine (matte opaque black), their Two-toned Lip Bundle and/or the Pout-Perfection set which includes an awesome stayput lip pencil.
HAIR: Make two giant braids - use synthetic hair if you don't have enought of your own. Then treat each braid the way you would a headband, making them encircle your head & setting them with bobby pins and enough hairspray to choke a beauty pageant contestant.