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Andie MacDowell, 1996 | Source: Getty Images
Andie MacDowell, 1996 | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell, 65, Mocked for Wearing 'Spooky' Eye Makeup which 'Ruins' Her Stunning Public Appearance

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Oct 04, 2023
07:00 A.M.
  • Andie MacDowell recently made waves at Paris Fashion Week, capturing the spotlight with her daring runway appearance that defies conventional age standards in the fashion industry.
  • In a black ensemble that flaunted her midriff, she not only held her own among younger models but also sparked a frenzy of reactions from fans across social media.
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Andie MacDowell, the timeless star, recently graced the runway during Paris Fashion Week, and boy, she turned heads! The 65-year-old actress sent shockwaves through the fashion world as she confidently flaunted her midriff in a sleek black bra and leather suit.

MacDowell's age-defying display left everyone in awe as she strutted down the star-studded catwalk alongside other famous faces. She effortlessly held her own among younger models, proving that age is just a number.

MacDowell's runway ensemble was an all-black affair, elevated by towering platform heels and her signature curly locks, worn loose. But what truly caught everyone's attention was her dramatic gothic makeup. Sporting a smoky eye and a nude lip, she brought an edgy and unique touch to the show.

Andie MacDowell, poses for a portrait in Deauville, France on September 7, 1996. | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell, poses for a portrait in Deauville, France on September 7, 1996. | Source: Getty Images

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L'Oreal's Grand Showcase

The event, hosted by the renowned French cosmetics brand L'Oreal, provided a dramatic backdrop with none other than the iconic Eiffel Tower. This was the perfect setting for the "Walk Your Worth" show celebrating womanhood that empowered all present.

Yseult Onguenet, Eva Longoria, Cindy Bruna, Andie MacDowell, Viola Davis, and Aishwarya Rai grace the runway during "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" Show as part of Paris Fashion Week, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Yseult Onguenet, Eva Longoria, Cindy Bruna, Andie MacDowell, Viola Davis, and Aishwarya Rai grace the runway during "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" Show as part of Paris Fashion Week, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

MacDowell and fellow ambassadors Eva Longoria and Cindy Bruna made a powerful statement as they held hands during the show's grand finale. The list of celebrities who graced the event was nothing short of impressive.

Eva Longoria, Kendall Jenner, Cindy Bruna, and Andie MacDowell grace the runway during the "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" show during the Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Eva Longoria, Kendall Jenner, Cindy Bruna, and Andie MacDowell grace the runway during the "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" show during the Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

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Kendall Jenner, 27, stole the spotlight with her elegant silver gown, while Helen Mirren, at 78, radiated charm in a silver gown of her own. But MacDowell dared to be different, opting for an edgy black PVC coat paired with a matching bralette and high-slung PVC trousers. Chunky silver heels completed her runway look, and her dramatic makeup highlighted her delicate features.

Andie MacDowell walks the runway during thef Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell walks the runway during thef Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Mixed Reactions on Social Media

As pictures from the event flooded social media, fans had much to say, and their opinions were diverse. Some commented that her eye makeup had a "spooky" quality, while others felt that the '90s makeup style didn't quite fit the 2020s. Some even compared her to a masculine figure. Another user wrote, "Make up ruins it."

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Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

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Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/DailyMail

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In one side-by-side comparison with Mirren, fans playfully dubbed them "Halloween witches" due to their eye makeup and wild hair, adding that the "eye make up is really bad." Most commenters agreed that both ladies are beautiful but found fault with their makeup. Some thought the hair was fabulous, while others insisted that the makeup was the issue.

Andie MacDowell walks the runway during "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell walks the runway during "Le Défilé L'Oréal Paris - Walk Your Worth" Show as part of Paris Fashion Week at the Eiffel Tower on October 1, 2023, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/InStyle

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/InStyle

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Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/InStyle

Fan comment dated October 2023 | Source: facebook.com/InStyle

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Defying Ageist Expectations and Challenging Age Stereotypes

But amidst the varied opinions, one thing was clear: MacDowell's choice to embrace her natural gray hair was greatly admired. In an interview, MacDowell explained that the decision was influenced by her desire for authenticity and feeling more empowered.

Andie MacDowell attends the after-show of "Le Défilé Walk Your Worth" show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell attends the after-show of "Le Défilé Walk Your Worth" show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Earlier in the year, when talking to Katie Couric about her decision to go gray, MacDowell laughed off comments that her gray hair made her look older, emphasizing that she is proud of her age. She pointed out that societal pressures to look young can be exhausting, and she's done with trying to turn back the clock.

Andie MacDowell graces the runway during the "Le Défilé Walk Your Worth" by L'Oreal Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell graces the runway during the "Le Défilé Walk Your Worth" by L'Oreal Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2022, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

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MacDowell's confident embrace of her age, her unique fashion choices, and her powerful presence on the runway serve as a reminder that age is no barrier to being bold, authentic, and unapologetically yourself.

Andie MacDowell is present at Le Défilé L'Oreal Paris during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019, which took place on September 30, 2018, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

Andie MacDowell is present at Le Défilé L'Oreal Paris during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019, which took place on September 30, 2018, in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images

In the end, whether people find her makeup spooky or stylish, there's no denying that MacDowell continues to be a trailblazer, challenging norms and inspiring us all to embrace our true selves.

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