Euphoria received critical praise for its raw depiction of modern teens. It depicted the complex explorations of trauma, teenage love, and addiction, while providing an artistically stimulating viewing experience.
Many fans are especially fond of the fashion moments of the show. Every character has a distinct sense of style, and their appearances are very often overlaid with sequins, glitter, sharp eyeliner, and radiantly shadowed eyes—courtesy of Doniella Davy, the show’s lead makeup artist.
It’s hard to watch Euphoria without being incredibly obsessed with Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer). She really is a dream character. From the moment she said, “Bitch, it’s not the ’80s. You’ve got to catch a dick! “, in reaction to discovering that Kat was still a virgin, I realized that I was going to love her forever. But the sad thing is that Jules had a tough time growing up. Jules started to transition at the age of 13, which Hunter states is “very young in the trans people scheme.” Hunter also claims that Jules was able to transition so soon because she had a very loving father.
The most intriguing aesthetic in the show is that Jules’ make-up seems like a medium of emotional expression, an evocative canvas that reveals the teen’s way of moving through self-discovery and love.
So here is a splash of Jules’ most iconic looks that inspire us for this month of love!
Hot flares of neon
Jules normally wears playful, bright makeup. Personally, her looks naturally seem vivid and not overthought. It shows her confidence that she’s bold and fun. No matter what her ensemble is, her make-up doesn’t seem to be anticipated. Her lids are a palette with strokes that fly free. Here are some tips to get it right.
When Jules falls in love, her makeup is particularly imaginative
Jules’ eye make-up above that consists of warm lines of yellow and red that create an abstraction, pastel hair, and the skinny outfit, definitely paint her mood. This scene is from when she is infatuated while texting a boy.
In this short scene, Jules had yellow brows and a blue semicircle drawn across her eye
The artiste, Davy says “Blink and you’ll miss”. For each outfit Jules has new eye make-up. This beautifully portrays her character as a vision in trance, only to break out of the cocoon as the angel she is, at the end of the season. The Gen Z discovered their love for make-up on the internet and are pretty expressive through hues and shadows. Hence, her character incorporates an unpolished reflective image of all of us.
Lustrous Red Eyes
Jules’ looks challenge beauty and make-up norms, there is no single theme she adheres too. These hues make a dramatic and visual impact as she cries orange and red tears. Time to time, certain montages pencil her as a character not on screen but on a canvas, reflecting the state of mind of the creator.
Thunders around her eyes remind me of Egyptian eyes with rays painted on pyramids. Loud, striking and powerful.
Seen smoking here, Jules imagines the bully Nate Jacobs burning on a chair. Her ensemble spells demand; after her breakdown in the show she embraces her self and takes on a path of self-discovery.
Minimal and delicate clouds around the corner of her eyes portray her floatin’ state of mind. This is when she is falling in love with the boy she is texting earlier in this list. At the same time, Rue, her future lover becomes gloomy as she realizes she wants Jules for herself. She tears up and breaks down in front of her, Jules comforts her. Marking a beautiful friendship of love and comfort.
Goth and Gold, an angel revived
Jules also dons a long white dress and angel feathers. Jules contemporary twisted angel look parallels Claire Danes’ Juliet from Baz Luhrmann’s film “Romeo + Juliet.”
This final look is why I was blown away with the portrayal of Jules. Her beauty, her sexuality, her personhood, her blossoming polygamous identity, all explode beautifully as she steps out of her cocoon.
What the audience found admirable was that the show did not make her gender identity the totality of who she is but as one part of her luminescent identity. Jules’ looks are artworks that are intended to help you rethink the way you interpret masculinity and femininity.
Both Schafer and Jules are artists, as Davy points out. “They’re artists who want to transcend gender stereotypes,” she says. “Even though the character of Jules is transfeminine, I wanted to make sure that her makeup looks had a not-too-polished rawness to them that was more experimental and had an artistry to it that wasn’t labeling itself as something.”
What I see is when pastel pink hues are incorporated, it shan’t be viewed as something stereotypically girly and when her make-up is iridescent with glitter flares that should not be assumed as androgynous either. “She is simply Jules”, Davy says. And I couldn’t agree more.
Jules’ character is self-assured, and is the perfect icon for why and how make-up as a tool is vital for young queer folks. It is the perfect medium for self-creation.
Come March, I hope Jules inspires you to glo-up and embrace each day with renewed enthusiasm. We assure you; you’ll fall in love with yourself even when it doesn’t turn out right and you end up looking like a racoon.