The first time I heard about the Boy Beat make-up look was in a video of Tamira Jarrel, in which she gives her idea, her interpretation of the make-up look done by Sir John, the make-up artist of Beyoncé who invented that look.
When I read and watched other articles and videos I could see three main common points: dark circles, big brows and freckles. Basically it is the total opposite of the perfect skin. In fact, the purpose here is to accentuate and emphasize the rawness of the skin.
I love the way this make-up is done, this is totally my style. However (maybe the feminist part of me is talking now) why does it have to be the “Boy beat” and not the “Raw beat” for instance?
Why as a women showing her dark circles, an unperfect skin it has to be like a Men?
To feel confident in who we are, in what we are as a Women, as an individual do we still have to compare ourselves to Man, to relate to Man? Basically do we have to masculinise ourselves?
When I see this make-up look, when I recreate it, it is more ma personnality, my life, my efforts that I want to show up.
I know this make-up look is just a name, like a song, a book, a poem and it has been called like that because of some characteristics (specificities) of the look. Nevertheless I like to describe my thoughts and to think about what hides behind a make-up look. And I would say that somehow this look is an act of feminism in the sense that it means: we are strong because of who we are and our effort we have put into our lives, and we are beautiful because of all that.
I suggest that you read this article by Audrey Noble on : why wearing make-up is a feminist statement.
And also here is a video on my version of the Boy Beat make-up look:
As always, thank you so much for reading me.