With the recent passing of spaceman and pop/rock superstar David Bowie, fans everywhere have taken to the Internet to post tributes and thoughts including Bowie makeup look tutorials in the beauty vlogosphere. Bowie was iconic as Thomas Jerome Newton in The Man Who Fell to Earth, Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth, and more recently himself in Zoolander.
He was known for putting the glam in glam rock, and his gender-bending look and attitude was completely revolutionary for his time. Even now, many are still having a hard time accepting men in womenswear (although we're finally making some headway — see Jaden Smith in the Louis Vuitton campaign) but Bowie was doing the gender-bending thing long before it was trendy.
However, with the beauty world being so adventurous and wonderful and open when it comes to makeup, many artists and fans have tried to recreate some of Bowie's most androgynous and popular looks. Here are a few tutorials as tributes to the late and great Ziggy Stardust, if you want to learn even more from our own star on Earth:
1. Ziggy Stardust
It's nice to see a British man tackling this look. Kandee Johnson also has a nice Ziggy Stardust tutorial up from a few years ago.
2. Jareth The Goblin King
This look is very cool, but not quite the same as the original Jareth the Goblin King. Pinkstylist has a tutorial up that's more true to form if you're interested in another take.
3. Life On Mars
This "Life on Mars" inspired tutorial gives Bowie fans a moodier and cooler look for evening wear and special occasions or trips to outer space.
4. 3 In 1
This is a nice 3-in-1 tribute tutorial for if you're one of those people that doesn't like having fifty tabs open. Each look is vibrant and coherent.
Now for the inspired art. Bowie's most iconic makeup was, obviously, the Ziggy look. So, a lot of creators drew from that with colors and style to create their own versions.
5. Ziggy Stardust 2
This super cool tribute comes with your own personal sun and is easy and fast to replicate.
6. Lightening Bolt Eye Makeup
This is not as played up as some of the other looks in terms of full face makeup, so if you want something a little more demure or would rather put the focus on your eyes you should watch this tutorial!
7. Metallic Ziggy
This is a metallic Ziggy look, reminiscent of the faces of KISS (it might be the hair). Also, she's using the Urban Decay Vice palette.
It's funny how people react in the face of a beloved famous person's death. I know I took Robin Williams's death very personally. I could see how some people may tear others down for appropriating, or say that these tutorials replicating him could be insensitive at this juncture.
That being said, it could be argued that all Bowie wanted to do was inspire people like these budding makeup artists. He was the kind of artist and human being that made people who they are today. Did he not say, "I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in?"
That you did, Bowie. That you did. You will be missed.
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