“I appreciate really genuine people. If I had to think of three qualities I love, it would be caring people, honest people, and genuine people.”
Here, at The OutsiderZ, we believe in freedom of expression, whether we’re talking about words, ideas, perceptions or style. We also believe in the power of makeup. I am a self confessed makeup geek, I love its transformative power, the way it allows me to switch it up and bring something creative out of me. We’re also firm believers in the fact that everyone should have the right to use makeup, be it woman, man, cat or anything and anyone else who wants to paint their faces. Other’s however, believe that makeup is intended for girly use only and that, as a man, you should stick to doing manly stuff such as drinking beer and crying/showing any kind of emotion only when you’re sure no one is around to see you. We strongly disagree, that’s why we’ve started a series of interviews with young creatives who are here to prove that makeup on men is hella gorgeous. Today we’re talking to Seth.
1. The basics – tell us more about you
My name is Seth Garrington, I’m 18, and I’m from Washington state!
2. When and how did you discover makeup? Tell us more about the very first time you tried it on.
I discovered makeup when I would watch my Grandma using it when I was younger (my mom never wore makeup) but I didn’t actually do it on myself or anyone else till I was like 13!
3. Your favourite memory from your childhood?
This is hard! My favorite childhood memory was probably getting to dye my hair for the first time in third grade. I cut off this long ponytail and donated it to Locks of Love, and I got to color by hair bright green because of it! It started my self expression journey you could say, haha!
What are 3 qualities you appreciate in people?
I appreciate really genuine people. If I had to think of three qualities I love it would be caring people, honest people, and genuine people. It sounds weird but I can tell if someone isn’t being themselves or is putting up a front, which I hate. I love just being able to connect with people and those qualities are key!
Do you think makeup has anything to do with someone’s sexual orientation or the gender they identify as?
I don’t think so. I think society has put a weird stigma on makeup making it so taboo for boys to wear. But I know straight guys who wear makeup. Male actors have been doing it forever!
What is your sexual orientation?
I’m pansexual. (Basically gender is the last thing I look at. If I’m attracted to you, I’m attracted to you.)
What’s it like dating as a pansexual? Is there any stigma attached to it?
My current boyfriend, Barent, is the most supportive person I could have asked for. He understands it, unlike most people. Most people hear the definition of pansexual and go “oh, so bisexual?” Which is so frustrating! Once I explain to people pansexual means all, and how I love someone for them and their qualities and personality before their physical attributes, then they go “ohhh.. well me too!” And then they can relate. I think pansexuality is more common than we think, people just don’t want to put a label on it, or just don’t know it’s a thing.
People claim wearing makeup is something shameful for a man, a sign of weakness if you will. What do you think?
It’s hard being a man in makeup, and I think anyone brave enough to go out in public the public eye full beat, and be prepared to be stared at or looked at in a bad way, is a very strong person, most of the time stronger than the people staring
How would you define normality?
I define normality as the qualities and behaviors we see everyday, almost like we’re expected to act a certain way. There’s masculine and feminine normalities, like how men are supposed to be burly and super masculine to be manly, which I don’t think is the case.
Why do you think people are so quick to judge men who wear makeup? Are you bothered by it?
Because it’s “different.” People want to make themselves feel better by looking down on others and singling them out. I used to be bothered, but honestly if you go through life stressing about other peoples thoughts and how other people perceive you, you’re not going to have any energy to focus on yourself.
Do you have any role models?
I look up to a lot of other makeup artists. I look up to Desi Perkins, Lustrelux, Tati Westbrook, and Manny MUA. They were the people who got me into makeup, and they’ve helped me be a lot more comfortable with myself and realize that if I love doing makeup, why would I ever care about what other people think?
Have you ever been bullied or harassed because of it?
I’ve been bullied and harassed, made fun of, the whole 9 yards. But you have to realize at the end of the day if it makes you happy it makes you happy.
Why do you wear makeup?
I wear makeup because it’s a form of art and expression. I’ve been doing traditional art my whole life (painting, drawing, etc) and I don’t think it’s much different. You can do SO much with makeup, it truly is an art. Hence why people are called makeup artists 😉
What’s your favourite lipstick?
I love brown lipstick! Limbo by Colourpop was my first brown lipstick and it’ll hold a place in my heart.
What tips would you give a guy who wants to wear makeup, but doesn’t know how / where to start?
I always tell people just do it. If you’re waiting for the right time to start wearing it or the right day, it probably won’t ever seem like the right time. Just start wearing it, practicing, and it can take you places.
Besides makeup, what else are you passionate about?
I’ve always been an artist, in my eyes. Whether it be traditional art such as drawing or painting, or coloring hair which I plan to do as a career with makeup, I’ve always been creative which I used to be sad about because when I was younger I would have rather been book smart, but now I’ve come to love my creativity and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
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