August 21 2014

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It’s The White House, not Steve Rubell’s House


In what we can only assume is an effort to join the ongoing election discourse, MAC Cosmetics’ vice president of makeup artistry Gordon Espinet released a series of face charts last week with “suggested” looks befitting a future first lady or vice president, as the case may be. Referencing an increasingly mindful political arena and the clarity of high-definition television, Espinet asserts that now, more than ever, female politicians need to be conscious of their makeup. This, he contends, should include looks that can easily take them from “a debate to an evening gala.” OK, agreed—but basing these “night looks” on backstage beauty trends from fashion week might be a little too, er, ambitious for the current political climate (see above). It’s taken us nearly 300 years to get to the point where the idea of a woman in the Oval Office is not implausible, and somehow the idea of Gloria Gaynor-style cheek contouring and a smoky eye don’t enhance the image. But maybe that’s just us. Anyone else care to weigh in?

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics



  1. philosophie says:

    i agree! something classic and simple makes sense. they need to make political statements… not fashion statements!

  2. jasontsai says:

    Palin reference? As of yesterday she’s been cramming with Kissinger on foreign relations 101. 5hrs with a MAC specialist would still mean she’s a female Bush.

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