Blake Lively Responds To 'Offensive' Comments About Her Makeup
Many thought the actress was trying to express a feminist statement by going makeup free but it wasn't actually the case.
While Blake Lively, 32, is known for being ultra glamorous on the red carpet, a key part of her work is transforming into different characters for the screen. Most recently, this was for a role in her new film 'The Rhythm Section'.
The movie follows the character Stephanie Patrick (played by Lively), who is on a mission to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that saw her family killed three years prior.
As such, Lively's transformation involved her appearing like she had been through a difficult period in her life. Yet when Lively shared her character makeup to her Instagram account, some mistook it for a makeup free selfie.
"Facetune broke," she wrote along with the caption, later amending her caption to include a tag with the name of Vivian Baker, the makeup artist responsible for the look, in an attempt to provide further context.
Lively spoke about the misunderstanding while appearing on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, explaining that it left her feeling 'very offended' that people assumed that's what she looked like without makeup.
“[The makeup artist] did this really rough look, because my family has experienced a lot of tragedy, and anyway, so she did this really rough look at the beginning, and then this is once I sort of clean up," she said.
"But when I posted it, people were saying: ‘Wow, Blake bravely shows what she looks like before and after makeup.' Some people think that’s what I look like without makeup, which I find very offensive because that takes an hour for her to make me look like that.”
Lively then explained that the situation left her feeling conflicted because while it took Baker and hour to create the look, she noted that as a feminist it made her question why we expect women to meet certain beauty standards.
"This is a partisan issue. I'm vacillating between my vanity, which is ... 'I don't actually look like that' and also being a feminist, like, 'Why do we expect women to wake up looking like this? This isn't realistic that you wake up this beautiful,'" she said.
"But, I would like people to believe that I wake up that beautiful," she joked.