Julia Fox Finally Explains the Inspiration Behind Her Dramatic Eye Makeup

Julia Fox may now be synonymous with her dark black, graphic eye look, but the actor explained that the bold makeup look was actually her backup plan.

Josh Safdie‘s muse recently appeared on the cover of highsnobiety‘s fall 2022 issue wearing a strappy leather outfit with studded platforms, a latex face mask, and her now-signature swipe of geometric eyeshadow that she first debuted during Paris Fashion Week in January while attending the Kenzo runway show with then-boyfriend Kanye West. At the time, she encouraged speculation that West was behind her her new dramatic eye makeup, posting a clip to her her Instagram Stories showing the rapper touching up her cat eye with an eyeliner pencil. She wrote over the video, “Wanna kno [sic] who my fave makeup artist is?” But it was actually famous makeup artist Pat McGrath who was responsible for Fox’s extreme new “graphic winged glamour.” McGrath revealed that she achieved the look by using the “Xtreme Black” shade from Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette – Sublime in addition to the PermaGel Eyeliner Pencil and, Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner, finishing things off with her FetishEyes Mascara.

In the interview that accompanied her new cover, Fox told the outlet that her eye makeup was actually born out of necessity. “Look, I was losing weight from being so busy, and my ass went away,” she explained. “And so, I had to focus on my second-best feature—my eyes.” Fox has previously said that she was so busy during her month-long romance with West that she lost a bunch of weight. In March, she told the New York Times of their relationship, “I tried my best to make it work. I already had a jam-packed life. How do I fit this really big personality into this already full life? It just wasn’t sustainable. I lost like 15 pounds in that month.”

Regarding West, Fox told highsnobiety that he didn’t just teach her about branding, but also about the importance of being willing to call the paparazzi on yourself no matter how famous you are. She revealed, “[West] was the first person that I ever saw call the paparazzi or stage situations. I would’ve never done that. Self-promotion. Shameless. Don’t be ashamed to call the paparazzi. When I would hear about celebrities doing that, I used to be snobby about it. ‘What losers. LOL.’ But now I’m like, ‘No, that’s how it works.’ It’s not the most flattering thing to admit. But it’s the fucking truth—and they all do it.”

The Uncut Gems star added that those heavily-documented street style moments are also a great way to promote up-and-coming designers. “I can get a photo taken that’ll get reblogged a bunch of times, and this designer’s going to get put on and I’m going to look fucking amazing in this amazing outfit,” Fox said. “I’ll wear their stuff and then they’ll get their first write-up in Vogue or something. It’s a win-win. Stuff like that gives me fuel because it’s like, I can do good with this. I would never put on a head-to-toe Dolce & Gabbana ‘fit and call the paparazzi. Like, what a douchebag.”

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