You know the expression “too matchy-matchy,” right? It’s a fashion thing that came into favour around the early ’00s, I believe (or at least that’s when we Canucks realized that the Canadian tuxedo* really wasn’t something to be proud of). “Matchy-matchy” even has its own reference in the Urban Dictionary:
Often used in fashion blogs. Used to describe an outfit that is too coordinated and consists of too many of the same types of colours, patterns, fabrics, accessories, designer pieces, thematic elements, etc. Can also be used in reference to interior design.
Off the top of my head, one recent celeb example of FASHION matchy-matchiness is Hilary Swank, who, if you’ll recall, kinda sorta failed on her faux bob execution last week. Now, don’t get me wrong—I actually love this outfit, and colour—but in the words of the brilliant Fug Girls, “I really, really don’t know if I needed to see it replicated from the ears to her ankles all the way down to her toenails.”
*But it could be a lot worse—here’s what I mean by Canadian tuxedo (then I promise we’ll get back on the topic of beauty):
Anyway! The reason for this post is, as you’ve probably guessed by now, that I want to point out the dangers of matchy-matchiness when it comes to makeup, and even hair.
This is Milla Jovovich at the Hollywood Awards Gala last night:
From this far away, she looks pretty hot, right? Not many people would have the guts to wear that super-loud orange… although I’m not sure what’s going on with the turquoise-beaded white platform sandals (!?!).
Let’s take a step closer:
Still lookin’ good… but now the close-up:
Her hair is orange. Her eyelids are orange. Her cheeks are orange. Her lips are orange. Mila, unless you’re moonlighting as an Oompa Loompa, this is a little bit too much. Too much even if the dress was not also orange. And trust me—this is coming from a person who, in general, LOVES orange.
So. Stepping up on my beauty soap box now, I’m going to make a broad generalization here (even though Giorgio Armani’s Reza Zaimeche says there are no rules anymore in makeup). I still think that when it comes to risky colours like orange, you need to decide between your eyes or your lips, but not both. Then maaaybe you can do blush in the same colour family, but not always. And hair is just a Wild Card. I actually think this colour is very, very pretty—I’m just not sure about it in the context of this makeup.
If it were up to me, I think she should’ve:
a) Kept the hair, kept the eyeshadow, but toned down the cheeks and lips to a nice, neutral nude…
b) Kept the lip, and maybe the cheeks too, but traded the eyeshadow for something neutral and possibly darkened up the hair.
Or some combination thereof, anyway.
Clearly, the colour orange must REALLY confuse people (even famous makeup artists) because another recent offender was Blake Lively:
See how the orange repeated on the eyelids, cheeks and lips just AGES her?
So tell me what YOU think about this matchy-matchy business:
Do you agree that Milla overdid it on the orange?
How about Blake—even worse, right?
Do you love Kiefer for actually walking around in public in that outfit? I do.