Are You Ready For Guyliners In Street Fashion?
In an increasingly metro-sexual world, where gender stereotypes in fashion, names, jobs and professions are fading out rapidly, men wearing make-up is not something to be surprised about. Right?
Well, it sure isn’t, because it’s not a new thing either. Remember David Bowie and Charlie Chaplin, legendary names from the past?
And do you remember how they had a thin streak of black under their eyes?
Yes, that was make-up. Guyliners to be more specific, but of course, back then, the name hadn’t caught up.
So for those of you who are still in the dark about guyliners, here’s a little brief.
What are guyliners?
Basically eyeliner for men are called guyliners. And yes, Google identifies the term. Try for yourselves.
Now the term is relatively new, but like I mentioned before, the practice is not new. It was something that was associated with some alternative rock cultures like goth, punk, emo and glam.
Just like for women, guyliners come in pencil as well as liquid form. And considering the ease of application, guys generally go for the pencil one, although, there are many men who are totally into make-up that love wearing liquid liners too.
So how did this trend start?
History of the guyliner
Well, the eyeliner was first used in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia way back in about 10,000 B.C. Of course, Egyptians used to be very interested in make-up and they began using just a dark black line around the eyes.
It was mostly women, but there were some men in the upper class who wore eyeliners too.
Pharaoh Seti I was known to always wear black kohl liner for protecting his eyes from the sun. And it’s said that he also used to extend the outer end of his liner and draw it beyond the lids in order to accentuate the shape of his eyes.
So that’s how it all started.
Now just how popular are guyliners these days?
First off, I’ll tell you this much. Superdrug has its own high street male cosmetics range – Taxi Man, and it is apparently the first range of male cosmetics ever. It has guyliners as well as “manscaras” which are basically mascara for men. It also has foundations and loose powders for men too
So you see how they are a thing now?
The company’s director of trading Jeff Wemyss once said, “These days you can be macho and wear make-up. If you look at people like Russell Brand and Robbie Williams, they both wear make-up and they are both very red-blooded men.”
I think we can all agree with that can’t we?
Now let’s take a look at some role models both current and past, from whom all men can learn a lesson or two in sporting guyliners and manscaras.
He was someone who always wore guyliner and even smudged it out for a smokey effect.
He was always known to have loved make-up. His favorite liner was brown for his blue eyes.
The iconic star always had a super smokey effervescent cat-eye.
It’s not just Jack Sparrow that wears guyliner. He wears it off set too.
He wears guyliner and shadows too, sometimes with glitter.
Billie Joe Armstrong
The Green Day singer wears his liner heavy on the outer edges with a soft line under the rims colors.
Dig the guyliner trend much? Let us know.
Author: Bhagya Rose is a die-hard fashion enthusiast, designer and writer, who loves exploring the latest trends in street fashion, indulging herself sans souci in some good old fashioned retail therapy every once in a while and is obsessed with everything Rose Gold.