Is Black Eyeliner Over? Taylor Swift Goes Au Naturel
Taylor Swift made her fan’s eyes pop on Tuesday when she appeared on the April issue ofWonderland magazine without her signature black eyeliner (gasp!).
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The singer, 23, who channeled Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts in a red Christian Dior dress for the cover, told The Daily Makeover in 2010 that liquid eyeliner is the one beauty tool she can’t live without. She confessed that she once resorted to extreme measures to obtain her smokey-eyed look. “I was on a plane to Japan about two years ago and I had no makeup with me, so I went into the bathroom and I used a Sharpie to line my eyes. From that point on I started using liquid liner because I realized it was obviously pretty easy for me to do! I definitely don’t recommend drawing on your eyes with a Sharpie though,” she said.
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Adopting a beauty signature—Gwen Stefani’s platinum blonde hair, Jennifer Aniston’s beachy waves, Christina Aguilara’s red lips—is a common branding tactic for celebrities who want to stand out in a sea of famous faces. They’re beauty mainstays throughout a star’s style evolution, style deja vu’s that we’ve come to love and associate with our favorite artists. We develop them in the real world too; whether it’s bronzer, mascara, or freshly painted nails, there’s always a beauty crutch women can’t live without.
Fans were pleasantly surprised when Swift who rarely, if ever, has appeared on the red carpet or in magazines without smoldering eyes, opted for a more fresh-faced look. “Your eyes are perfect. OMG,” tweeted one adoring fan. “I love your real eyes,” wrote another.
Is black eyeliner over? If the most recent New York Fashion Week is any indication, the answer is, maybe. Models at Donna Karan walked the runway with only a smudge of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, which created a shadowy effect, but mostly laid off the eyeliner and mascara. Makeup artists at Theyskens’ Theory emphasized clean and fresh sculpted faces by passing on eye paint, applying peach-toned concealer and not much else.
“Makeup trends come and go depending on what colors and fabrics are emphasized at that particular moment and in general we’re seeing less eyeliner right now,” says MAC Cosmetics Senior Artist John Stapleton. “Women can play with black liner to make their eyes look sultry and catlike, but traditionally the purpose of eyeliner is to make the lashes look thicker so in that regard it’s supposed to be subtle.”
To cop Swift’s natural look, you don’t have to forgo eyeliner altogether, says Stapleton; just trade in black for dark brown (a subtle hue that compliments most eye colors). To apply, place your index finger on the eyelid as close to the lash line as possible, gently rolling the skin back to expose the area under the lashes (if it’s wet, you’ve hit the right spot). Then, place the pencil in the middle of the lid and gently swipe to both ends of the lid until you have a solid line.
If you have blue eyes, you can experiment with a rusty red or mahogany brown; green eyes pop with a plum or rich purple, and brown eyes look best with a navy or dark blue tone.
okay here is my idea for all the 22 year old Taylor Swift fans. I want to make a really fun fan video. Of about 10-15 of us singing and dancing along to 22. But again, I need at least 10-15 people interested. So please if you’re interested (and 22) please message me.
Taylor Swift: ‘I’m Not a Clingy, Insane, Desperate Girlfriend’
Taylor Swift is smashing the rumors that she’s a boy-crazed songstress.
In the April issue of Vanity Fair, which hits newsstands next week, the 23-year-old insists, “If you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people,” meaning Conor Kennedy and One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Swift also speaks out about the reputation she has earned for singing about her relationships. “For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated – a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way – that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist,” she says.
While sadly she does not dish about the individual relationships herself, she did allow an authorized source to talk about her romance with One Direction star Harry Styles. The insider told the mag that the British singer chased after her for a year before they went public with their romance. “He was all, like, ‘You’re amazing – I want to be with you. I want to do this,’” said the source. However, things ended when he was seen making out with another girl. After he won her back, they briefly dated publicly late last year, but they fizzled out again after their disastrous Caribbean vacation in early January.
The Grammy-winning songstress also had some – shall we say – harsh words for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who infamously joked about her love life at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. The funny co-hosts advised that the blond beauty should “Stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.” But apparently, Swift didn’t find it funny and is now firing back. “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people, because she said to me she had heard a quote that she loved, that said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,’” Swift told Vanity Fair.
The Hollywood Reporter reached Poehler for comment on Tuesday afternoon, who responded, saying, “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff.”
Don’t forget to tune in to “omg! Insider” on TV tonight (check your local listings) to hear Vanity Faircontributing editor Nancy Jo Sales spill even more details about Swift’s can’t-miss interview.
Is Taylor Swift the Worst Ex-Girlfriend Ever?
To the next famous guy who decides to date Taylor Swift: Be prepared to get some unwanted shoutouts well after you and the songstress have broken up.
Swift made plenty of headlines after her Grammy performance of her tune “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together” during which Swift stopped mid-song with the line: “So he calls me up and he’s like, ‘I still love you,’ the 23-year-old chirped, putting on a bit of a British accent, in what many believed was an imitation of her most recent ex-boyfriend, pop star Harry Styles. “And I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m busy opening up the Grammys. And we’re never getting back together, like, ever.’”
Her mission may not have been accomplished though, as Styles took the high road when asked about Swift and her performance on a British radio show this week.
“She’s a great performer and she always performs great,” he praised. “She’s always good on the stage. She’s been doing it a long time. She knows what she’s doing on stage. It was just another good Taylor Swift performance.”
Swift and Harry Styles (Alequin/Bosch/INFDaily.com)He also wasn’t concerned about running into her at the Brit Awards, where they were both scheduled to perform on Wednesday night.
“I’m not worried about seeing her at all,” he recently told Grazia magazine. “She’s a sweet girl, you know, I don’t have a bad word to say about her.”
Despite Styles’ good-guy vibe, it seems that Swift may have been trying to send more messages the One Direction singer’s way when she took the stage at the Brit Awards where Styles happened to be sitting in the audience. The blonde pranced around in a white poofy dress that looked a whole lot like a wedding gown before ripping it off to reveal a skimpy black-hot-pants outfit paired with laceup boots. (See the video at the bottom of this post.) Translation: I didn’t want to marry you anyway, Harry?
For his part, Harry told Us Weekly he thought Taylor’s performance was “great,” adding, “She always puts on a good show.”
We may never know what Taylor meant by the performance choices for sure, but given Swift’s history, chances are the move was indeed another dig at an ex. In the past, most of her swipes, however, come via her song lyrics and media interviews, where she hasn’t been afraid to shame the dudes who left her behind.
Swift and John Mayer (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
There was, of course, her ballad “Dear John,” which she wrote after her breakup with ladies’ man John Mayer after their short-lived 2009 relationship. The song was released on her 2010Speak Now album.
“Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone/Don’t think I was too young to be messed with?/The girl in the dress cried the whole way home/I should’ve known,” is the tune’s chorus. Another verse goes: “Well, maybe it’s just me and my blind optimism to blame/Or maybe it’s you and your sick need to give love then take it away.”
The message was received loud and clear, according to Mayer himself … and not appreciated. “It made me feel terrible. Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do,” Mayer said in Rolling Stone last year.
Swift and Joe Jonas (Jeff Krav
But before that song, there was the 2008 tune “Forever and Always,” which Swift has publicly stated was about one of her first boyfriends, Joe Jonas, with whom she had a few-months relationship in 2008 before he famously broke up with her in what she later claimed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”was a 27-second phone call.
“Was I out of line?/Did I say something way too honest/That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?/I looked into your eyes, thought I knew you for a minute/Now I’m not so sure,” the lyrics go.
“I’ve written about [the split with Jonas], and I like to write about my life … that’s just how I deal with things,” she said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show that year.
Though many think that her tune “The Last Time” is about ex Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she dated at the end of 2011, the most cutting words had for the actor came not through song, but through media interviews. “The idea was based on this experience I had with someone who was kind of this unreliable guy,” she told NPR last November. “You never know when he’s going to leave, you never know when he’s going to come back, but he always does come back.”
But it was a fellow Taylor, “Twilight” actor Taylor Lautner, Swift’s boyfriend for a few months in late 2009, who got off easy and became the first and only guy that Swift has actually apologized to via song. Apparently the two, who met on the set of “Valentine’s Day,” departed amicably and her 2010 tune “Back to December” is directed at him. “It addresses a first for me,” Swift told E! News in 2010. “I’ve never apologized to someone in a song before … The person I wrote this song for deserves this. This is about a person who was incredible to me – just perfect to me in a relationship – and I was really careless with him.”
“So this is me swallowing my pride/ Standing in front of you saying ‘I’m sorry’ for that night/ And I go back to December all the time/ It turns out freedom ain’t nothing/,” go the lyrics. “Missing you, wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine/ I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right/ I go back to December all the time.”
Conor Kennedy (to be determined)
But the guy who got off the easiest? Conor Kennedy, the teen Swift was spotted all summer with before the two broke up in the fall as he was starting his senior year of high school. Maybe she’s just waiting to give him a musical graduation present …