Beauty Renegades: Biggest Rule-Breakers
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Beauty Renegades1 of 10
Most of us use hair and makeup to enhance our natural looks — to open our eyes or call attention to our cheekbones. But these rebels use their beauty resources to provoke, inspire and express their daring style. Whether their signature look is retro glam or hardcore punk, they always make a statement.
Björk2 of 10
Before Lady Gaga was out of grade school, 1990s electro singer Bjork was using hair and makeup to create an alter ego that was both impish and sci-fi. Memorable looks include a face covered in crystals, a rainbow-colored eye mask, gunmetal-gray lipstick and a mummy-white face punctuated by slashes of blue and turquoise eye shadow.
Amy Winehouse3 of 10
No celebrity since Brigitte Bardot has sparked mania for winged eyeliner like Amy Winehouse. The wild-child British chanteuse caught our attention with her smoky voice and kept it with her edgy beauty style — marked by out-to-there black liner and a mussed-up 1950s beehive that puts Snooki's poof to shame.
Karen O.4 of 10
As the singer for New York garage band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O. made the bowl haircut seem edgy and face painting (think sparkly purple lightning bolts spanning from eyelid to chin) feel grown-up in the early 2000s. Though she’s softened her style as of late, the singer’s original arthouse look matched her vibrant performances and laid the tracks for modern face-painters, including Ke$ha and Lady Gaga.
Dolly Parton5 of 10
The spider eyelashes, the baby-blue eye shadow, the high-gloss pink lips (and let’s not forget the big country hair, that cascading mane of platinum blond curls that seems as wide as it is long). From early on in her career, Dolly Parton played by her own rules when it came to beauty, fashioning a hyper-female image that’s made her a kitsch heroine and a style icon.
Madonna6 of 10
Before Madge became a mom, she was a true-blue beauty and style chameleon, repackaging her entire look with nearly every new album. Marilyn Monroe-style bombshell, techno goddess and earthy cowgirl are among the memorable looks she’s inhabited throughout the years. But it’s the crimped, highlighted hair (sprayed into gravity-defying shapes), thick brows, lacquered lips and famous mole from her early days that still feel the most maverick.
Lady Gaga7 of 10
What beauty look hasn’t Lady Gaga tried? She has experimented with everything from Barbie-sweet, pink-toned makeup to faux blood and facial prosthetics. Famous—or infamous—for the exaggerated human-hair bow, the pop singer’s locks are equally pioneering. A living, breathing art installation, we can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with next.
Grace Jones8 of 10
The Jamaican-American model, muse and musician, who burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, would have been a stunner without a stitch of makeup. But Grace mixed killer looks with raw power — and challenged conventional notions of femininity — with her androgynous flattop, arched-to-the-moon eyebrows and Technicolor makeup, defined by a shiny, crimson lip and jewel-toned eye shadow.
Siouxsie Sioux9 of 10
The gothic rock movement boasted plenty of gals in black lipstick and raccoon eyes. But Siouxsie Sioux, singer for the legendary British new wave-goth band Siouxsie and the Banshees, made dark, intricately made-up eyes her beauty calling card. The look imitated a masquerade mask, relying on multiple lines of eyeliner — both under and over the eye — that looked like they were airbrushed on. Spooky, yes, but also striking.
Cyndi Lauper10 of 10
In the 80s, Cyndi Lauper’s playful punk style was the spunky to Madonna’s sexy. Lauper’s makeup—metallic silver lips paired with pumpkin eye shadow and flecks of primary-colored face paint—added to her sassy legacy.
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