October 25, 2011
Fellows, today I will teach you a simple, easy way to wear eye makeup. A cornerstone of Dandyism is challenging boundaries, with the Dandies of the 1700s wearing radical haircuts and unconventionally tailored clothing that pushed the limits back then. Here at The Dandy Project, I refuse to stay put and live forever within convention–though I usually try to execute it with some semblance of subtlety–and with that, I bring you this eyeshadow tutorial.
bare-eyed Mike. Our mutinously ungroomed grooming model Mike Shaeffer returns for this installment of the Make-up for Men series.
I like eyeshadow, applied subtly on men. I’ve seen it done countless times on the runway, and when done rather faintly (the idea is to be wearing “no-makeup makeup”), it is much more foolproof and much more flattering than the seemingly more socially accepted rocker lined eyes.
We used a matte medium-dark taupe shadow (Bali by Nars) just a couple of shades darker than skin tone and applied it casually yet precisely on the lower part of the lid with the ring finger tip.
Mike smudges it about, keeping the stripe of shadow relatively narrow, and sufficiently blended in.
halfway done: Mike’s subtly shadowed right eye looks ever so slightly deeper-set, more expressive, and more tender than his naked left eye.
Blinking brings forth a splitsecond of pretty mystery,
but eyes open, they become ever so gingerly deeper-set and darker.