Pamela Anderson’s makeup has been so consistent throughout her career that it’s not as easy to recognize her without it. After rising to fame in the 90s, the model and actor was almost never seen without black eyeliner, light lipstick and thin, sculpted eyebrows.
But, recently, Anderson has changed her look drastically, often appearing in public and on social media with very little makeup. In a new interview with Elle, the Baywatch star opened up about the surprisingly heartbreaking reason she left behind her iconic look. Continue reading to learn more.
Before, a dramatic make-up:
In the past, Anderson favored dramatic makeup. She told Elle how much she loves experimenting with fashion and beauty products. The 56-year-old explained that, in the 90s, she paired her outfits with “the makeup from the night before and a bit of glitter from the two nights before. Things that never leave you! I’d be volunteering at the kids’ school, and I’d catch myself thinking, and I had glitter all over my face. Which doesn’t make you a bad mom just because you’re covered in glitter. She described her overall younger style as “wild and uninhibited…I don’t know if it was a defense mechanism or what.” I just thought, ‘I’m going to have fun.’ »
The death of her makeup artist:
In 2019, Anderson’s makeup artist Alexis Vogel died of breast cancer. The actor told Elle that after his friend died, she gave up wearing the full makeup that was her calling card. “She was the best. And since then I thought to myself that without Alexis, it was better for me not to wear makeup,” Anderson said. Vogel’s site includes information on other celebrities she has worked with, including Lisa Marie Presley, Carmen Electra and Kelly Clarkson, but Anderson is presented more as one of her regular clients. “I want to give people back their confidence and a ‘sexy’ comeback,” the artist told the Los Angeles Times in 2010.
Makeup as a character:
In the 2010 Los Angeles Times interview with Vogel, Anderson told the paper that wearing her signature makeup was like putting on a character. “My mom and great-aunt have always loved hair, makeup and glamour, but I’ve always been a tomboy,” she said. “And I never thought I would go in that direction. A lot of my friends thought I was the last person to do what I do because I really wasn’t va-va-voom. But, when she moved to Los Angeles and modeled for Playboy, she changed her mind. “They did my makeup and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s funny,'” she said. “It was never ‘this is what I have to wear to get out the door’ or ‘this is what I have to do’. I was looking at pictures and seeing how much better it looked with a darker eye and bigger hair, and it almost became a character. she added, “Proper hair and makeup gives you more confidence. Just play with it.… It’s exciting, and it can be more fun than people make it out to be. »
A new look:
Anderson always wears glamor to events, but the style is often different from what she wore when she worked with Vogel. She has also been photographed without makeup or with light and natural makeup, such as in her new campaign for the clothing brand Aritzia and in her Netflix documentary, Pamela, a love story. Makeup artist Eileen Madrid told Elle in January that she had been working with Anderson for two years and had contributed to her updated look. “Everyone already knows what Pamela looks like, that’s why she wanted to be raw and show the world her real authentic face,” Madrid said. Anderson told Elle that her current look is “liberating, fun, and a bit rebellious too.” She explained, “Because I noticed there were all these people doing great makeup, and it’s like me to go against the grain and do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. . She continued, “I think we all start to look a little weird as we get older. And I laugh at myself when I look in the mirror. I’m like, ‘Wow, this is really… what’s happening to me?’ It’s a journey. »
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