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Al Pacino, George Clooney, Johnny Depp: Great Moments in Guyliner History

Are actors sporting more eye makeup than actresses?

Al Pacino, George Clooney, Johnny Depp: Great Moments in Guyliner History

If the eyes are windows to the soul then there's a whole lot more guyliner than usual smudging the panes of Johnny Depp's spirit, as you may have noticed if you were watching the Super Bowl last night and caught the ad for the next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean. Seems that Depp, an early adapter of  "guyliner" and "manscara" (see Don Juan de Marco. a lovely 1995 comedy), has borrowed kohl crayons from Ozzy Osbourne's makeup kit.

When did the obvious smoky eye cross over from  guy rockers to male movie stars? I had thought that Depp introduced it and it got picked up by other brown-eyed boys like George Clooney But then I remembered that Al Pacino's lined lower lids in Scarface  (1983) had definite assistance from Revlon. And that Omar Sharif's sable-lashed eyes in Funny Girl (1968) were thicker than those of co-star Barbra Streisand. (In "Sadie, Sadie," she sings a lyric apposite to this discussion: "To tell the truth it hurt my pride/the groom was prettier than the bride"). George Clooney's inner lids are shaded like those of  a Labrador Retriever in  Michael Clayton (2007)  and Up in the Air  (2009).

Other great moments in guyliner history? Are you a fan of the trend? Me, I prefer subtle to emo.

Carrie Rickey Film Critic
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