Chuck out all your make-up! Even Lady Gaga has gone all Tilda Swinton on us!
The new cover of Harper's Bazaar
shows Lady Gaga with no make-up, hair plain. The new minimalism
. It's not a fresh and peachy just-off-the-beach baring all. Rather the white-eyebrow, white-hair, no-eyelash austerity of actress Tilda Swinton
. A look that goes further than natural, it's less than zero, a dramatic and daring absence of colour.
Bugger it! Just as I'd mastered the dark tapered eyebrow, just as I'd hunted down a place that does the deepest of spray tans, just as I'd bought a whole bunch of that gunk that darkens and lengthens your eyelashes. Bloody hell. Always that one step behind...
Tilda Swinton famously wears the most severe couture, often without even a hint of lippy and her hair slicked back. She is the antithesis of someone who cares what's cute.
Is Lady Gaga reflecting our on--the-edge-of-a-depression time? Is bare-faced the equivalent of long hemlines heralding a seriously sad economy. Whatever the sub-conscious motivation, the Tilda Swinton
look has been adopted by many. Prada's
latest campaign shows this same absence of make-up as does Armani
and Honor Fraser for Zara
. Louis Vuitton adverts in the New York Times this weekend showed pale, pale faces with just a stagey scrap of eyeliner.
In keeping with this bleakness, no wonder Jane Eyre
's foggy wanderings
on the moor have been so popular in the cinemas.
Or maybe it's not a negative - no colour equals sombre - but rather a positive. Having confidence - just as you are
- to face the world - just as it is
. Just as Tilda Swinton has the chutzpah to: lie in a case in an art show; have a husband, twins and a lover and make it work; and wear metallic baby-poop gold without a hint of blush or mascara.
I'm choosing to do it the old-fashioned way; with curled, dyed eyelashes, a brush of blush and a dash of pink lippy. Now that's daring.
I love Tilda Swinton. I love her aesthetic. But for me? Uh-uh. I'm with you. You would have to pry my mascara out of my cold, dead hands. :)ReplyDelete
Minimalist. About all one can do in today's economy. Unless you're a millionaire CEO.ReplyDelete
I have deep circles under my eyes so I can't imagine going sans makeup--- but I love it on Tilda (and love that Lady Gaga is always recreating herself!).ReplyDelete
The idea of minimalism, a return to the more simple in a time of uncertainty, rings true....
i'm with you...can't go without mascara, i don't care what the trend is....ReplyDelete
What an interesting shot of Lady Gaga. She looks quite ordinary, doesn't she? Tilda on the other hand, doesn't look ordinary at all.ReplyDelete
Love both but Gaga is Gaga :) I have a special love to her! :DReplyDelete
I don't care who is wearing what!I need all the help I can get at this stage before leaving the house!!ReplyDelete
I like her better this way!ReplyDelete
I can't leave the house without mascara and lipstick!!
I've been going Tilda for some time. It's not a good look, but it works for the lazy housewife w/o a social life. I say stick to your formula, it's working for you!ReplyDelete
Please don't join that neo-natural bandwagon--you are gorgeous as you are (as we all are, furiously looking for that perfect blush, mascara, lip color, hair style)...personally I think one Tilda Swinton--as fab as she is--is enough! Haha. And thank you so much Jody for your kind words about my line, anything good takes time, right? Especially a blog!ReplyDelete
xo Mary Jo
I love Tilda's look, but then my style has always been what I refer to as "man repellent ". Short hair and loose clothes. Not that I don't like men, just not into an overtly sexy look.ReplyDelete
Well hello there - nice to "meet" you. Thanks for swinging by my blog. Now it has brought me over here to what looks like a delightful place. I love this neo natural look but I also like pink lips and curly lashes. It's about owning your look, whatever that may be :)ReplyDelete
Jody, you never fail to make me laugh! I am so intrigued by Tilda. I really admire her, but her aesthetic definitely isn't mine. I liked seeing Lady Gaga without all the "stuff"...definitely interesting, but she just wouldn't be the same without all of her great outfits and makeup. Next I think Harper's should outfit Tilda in Lady Gaga-esque makeup and clothes. Now *that* would be interesting!ReplyDelete
Coincidentally I watched Tilda in "I am Love" last night as my last shot at the tv for the next 5-6 weeks (that elusive World Cup) , and she was Fabulously made-up in Milano.
I may end up going Tilda after the lipstick I have been wearing for 25 (30?) years was just discontinued - lucky I think she's fantastic.
PS Movie gets .... 2 stars
I think everyone should feel beautiful just as they are...with no makeup on. I have a hard time with that. And I think it is quite daring of Tilda and GaGa to do that. But, to be honest, I never thought it was a good look for Tilda at all. Perhaps that's mean, but that's just what I have thought.ReplyDelete
i love tilda in all her form but never been a big fan of gaga... have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
oh how i love your blog :)ReplyDelete