And how did I ever come to that conclusion?
Well, through the recent Adam Lambert interview I experienced a couple of days back. (See photo below)
Of course most of these men, like Adam, are from the music industry which gives them the liberty to pursue such an androgynous image and perhaps even the art industry. Such guys believe that the gothic image they portray is not only an extension of themselves but a statement about the energy behind their music.
But it also brings up the question of gender and sexuality.
Yes, damn it! I had to bring it up.
Wearing guy-liner really could mean a man wanting to express his femininity or at least acknowledge there is an awareness of it within himself. Another reason could be sheer vanity.
However, what I do know is that ancient history reveals that Egyptian, Indian and Persian men were also famous for their sexy eyelines back in the day. (Remember that evil Persian king in the movie ‘300’ or Darius the Great?)
In fact, many men from ancient times had no problems wearing cosmetics.
It was quite normal actually.
A dab of corn powder here, flushed King Louis the 18th cheeks there and even silly looking wigs without a hair out of place were customary back in the day.
So it just seems as well that men today still can indulge in some of these practises today, although modern times have defined those behaviours as being slightly gay-ish, which is why most straight men feel put off with the thought of donning makeup.
So in today’s world, makeup is relegated only to arty-farties, gothic punks/rock musicians or expressive Madonna-wanna-be poofs.
But this cross-section of the male population need not be the only ones able to get away with it – most men can get away with some form of guyliner.
The only exception is if you’re blonde or a redhead (sorry!) but black eyeliner strangely only suits dark haired, tanned-skinned types. If you are the above, I’d go with blusher, black nail polish or lip gloss instead, otherwise you’d just end up in the scary movie category. 🙂
And with that piece of advise, I leave you with my personal Top 30 list of male icons who’ve made women swoon, thanks to their smoky, smudged eyes.
30. Alice Cooper & Michael Jackson (tied)
29. Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath
28. Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
27. Marilyn Manson, Marilyn Manson
25. Billy Idol
24. Brandon Lee, The Crow
23. Jared Leto, 30 Seconds from Mars
22. The Horrors
21. Russel Brand, UK Comedian
20. Billy Joe Armstrong, Green Day
19. Gareth Pugh, Fashion Designer
18. Noel Fielding, UK Comedian
17. Pete Burns, Dead or Alive
15. Dave Gahan & the lads, Depeche Mode
14. Keith Flint, The Prodigy
13. Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy
12. Peter Gabriel
11. Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails
10. Brandon Flowers, The Killers
9. Robert Smith, The Cure
8. Philip Oakey, Human League
7. Gary Numan
6. Boy George, Culture Club
5. Adam Lambert
4. Dave Navarro, Jane’s Addiction
3. Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Carribean
2. Adam Ant, Adam & The Ants
1. David Bowie