We always high-key knew Aditya Roy Kapur was more than just divinely dishy, but his latest photoshoot-cum-interview has proved it. Wearing a full face of makeup– from highlighter to eyeshadow to kajal–Kapur’s shoot for the MensXP digital cover has shown us a bold new side to the actor.
Essentially demonstrating that wearing makeup doesn’t make you any less of a man, this photo-spread centred around the theme of redefining beauty norms, with looks created by celebrity makeup artist Elton J. Fernandez, is quite a path-breaking one in the Indian context.
Breaking down the actual makeup
Instead of doing a caricature with bright makeup to mock men in makeup, this shoot has normalised neutral, every-day beauty looks for men. These looks aren’t just something men can easily wear, but so can women.
Aditya’s ever-so-slightly shimmery smokey eyes using brown shadow add sultry depth to his upper lids, while a blinding white-gold highlight makes his prominent cheekbones pop more.
Aditya is not here for your gendered ideas of makeup-wearing
In an industry as obsessed with macho men as Bollywood, every actor has to wear at least a little bit of makeup, but cannot talk about it as normal for fear of being thought of as effeminate, as if it’s such a bad thing.
So, Aditya flaunting his makeup look for a cover is pretty iconoclastic. Speaking about his decision to do a full-fledged beat face like most women do, he told MensXP, “Really, what’s the big deal? What is this never-ending debate on whether make-up is masculine or feminine? Whether I put on an eyeshadow or a kajal or whatever, it doesn’t define whether I’m masculine or feminine.”
Men in makeup can and do look sexy, and this is proof
Men like David Beckham, Ranveer Singh and Harry Styles, who are pretty much universally acknowledged for being sexy, have recently been spotted wearing makeup, but even they haven’t done a dedicated shoot centred around beauty and makeup the way Aditya has here. Isn’t it high time we shut down notions that makeup or other things traditionally associated with the feminine, are not elements that will devalue a man should he wear them?