The evolution of men and makeup

Luka Sabbat for MiLK Makeup

Apart from rockstars wearing eyeliner and footage of the annual Mardi Gras parade, men-wearing-makeup have remained largely under the radar – until now.

In the pit, boys don their masculinity with certain accessories of punk, like painted nails and the ever-elusive Pete Wentz “guyliner.” For them, when their nail polish chips or their eyeliner runs, it’s cool and edgy; if anything, it makes them punkier.


Frank Ocean followed the path of his predecessors and occasionally sports glittery makeup, whether it’d be for an editorial (he did one with i-D) or for one of his music videos, ‘Nikes’. Frank is hip-hop’s very own trailblazer and we’re here for it. In an era where men represent the half of self-taught make-up artists, we can only hope that it’ll be progressively destigmatized and not only acceptable when “pit men” do so.