"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing," Mick Jagger once said. The Rolling Stones frontman, who turns 76 today, applied this mantra to every facet of his life, even outside of music (see him snaking his hips onstage, or flexing his sartorial swagger). And when it came to beauty, Jagger took a bold, gender-bending approach that was, with the exception of his contemporary and collaborator the late David Bowie, unprecedented for the time.
First, to state the obvious, Jagger had great hair, and knew just what to do with it (see again his hips and his swagger), all thanks to his mother, who was a hairdresser. His brunette mane was a continuous flux of shapes and lengths, yet always anchored by shaggy, brow-skimming layers that were smartly and seductively anti-establishment. And like Bowie, Jagger, by virtue of his big blue eyes, hallowed cheekbones, and pouty lips, had a great face for makeup. Beginning in the late '60s and throughout the '70s, Jagger flamboyantly decorated his visage for shows with traces of lip liner around the mouth, black pigment smudged into the water lines, electric-hued shadow that he swept across the lids, and spangles of sequins splashed, sometimes subtly, most times strikingly, on the outer corners of the eyes. Here, a retrospective look at his most enduring beauty moments because it's his birthday, and because, Mick Jagger.