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Friday, April 25, 2014

Age 10 to 60–Transformed Through Makeup And Photography

Haven’t we all imagined how we might look like when we grow old? There are even a few online tools that will simulate how one might age 20 or 40 years from now. In November 2008, Vogue Paris published an interesting editorial featuring a series of photographs of the 20-years-old model Eniko Mihalik aged over the course of four decades through post-production and make-up artistry. It’s amazing how appearance can be manipulated by photographers and makeup professionals with simple tricks of the trade like hairdo, facial expression, make-up, photography angles, etc.
The images were produced by the highly-published photography duo, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
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Commentary accompanying each photo is translation of French text from the magazine. Courtesy Gems Sty.
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At 10, a certain wide-eyed innocence with a strong suggestion on bare-chestedness, half-exposed teeth (make them seem smaller and less full-grown), very light make-up, looking almost fresh out of a swimming pool or something.
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At 20, a rather typical high-school/college girl first getting acquainted with mascara and lip-gloss; expressions of youth with straight hair, painted finger nails and fun accessories (ring); there is a sense of eagerness and anticipation in the expression.
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At 30, she looks like she’s been through some really bad relationships, on the roads, and maybe have her life mortgated to drugs and alcohol, doused generally with a sense of cynicism towards the world.
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At 40, life reins in as she matures and develops into a more assured woman; the wild sides has not been eliminated totally but tamed to a more nuanced portrayal;
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At 50, back to a very classic and enduring look showing a sense of refined sophistication after living through the many decades; tastes have been distilled and generally looks more classy.
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Finally at 60, the beauty grows inwards as the outer appearance are toned down in favor of more subtle expression (cropped hairdo, plain top), with a sense that the inner wisdom is now far more distinguishing than the outer appearance.
Photos credit Eniko Mihalik

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