Amanda Seyfried for W Magazine

Posted on March 17, 2014

We’ve said it before: this is a girl that absolutely does not need to have her eyes enhanced with makeup. Not that any lady “needs” to; but this is one who probably should avoid it.


Amanda Seyfried covers the April 2014 issue of W magazine in Chanel photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Edward Enninful.

On getting her first acting role: “I was a teenager when I booked that part, and acting was definitely not the most important thing to me then. I was undecided about my career: I could have been a waitress in Allentown [Pennsylvania] for the rest of my life! But Big Love cemented my feelings for acting.”

On acting: “Acting kind of bit me in the butt. On Big Love, I realized that I didn’t want to lose this thing that I had stumbled into. Now, I’m at the mercy of my calling. I was lucky back then and a little naive. Now I’m addicted. Addicted and scared but never bored. I get to be other people all the time, and there is nothing dull about that.”

On her dog Finn: “When I landed in Korea recently, there were people holding up pictures of Finn. In the past year, people just learned how to pronounce my last name correctly (Sigh-fred), but they all know everything about my dog.”

Michael Kors Bikini | Tiffany & Co. Bracelet | Lucchese Boots

Michael Kors Cardigan | Louis Vuitton Bikini | Lucchese Boots



It’s like putting visible lip liner on Angelina Jolie. When the feature is so dramatic on its own, any attempts to enhance it tend to cheapen it.

Is it us? We’re not saying she can’t ever sport a smokey eye or even strong eye makeup, but when you start trying to change the shape with things like heavy liner or false lashes, it’s not to her benefit.

And these shots are weird.




[Photo Credit: Craig McDean for W Magazine]

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  • Latin Buddy

    Yea, not her friend. She looks like a Bratz Doll. The spread looks…uninspired.

    • Sarah

      “Spread” is actually quite accurate. These have a soft-core porn feel to me…not good. I don’t understand why she thinks anyone wants to see her bikini-clad taint.

      • AnaRoW

        It’s most likely the photographer who thought we’d want to see that.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes but. Isn’t there an art director or editor who selects the actual photos used? I am pretty sure the vibe is a team effort, especially for a magazine that is as intentional about being of the zeitgeist – if not actually determining it – as W.

          • Nancer

            I agree – the blame for this “spread” is shared by many. I wonder where team Seyfried was in allowing this to go forward? It just seems like it’s time to switch up her look after Lovelace, not double down on it.

        • BKagainwiththesweatpants

          Is someone actually trying to emulate Terry Richardson??? WHY would you want to do that????

      • kmk05

        I’m happy I’m not the only one feeling the softcore vibe. It’s all a bit dated, no?

        • conniemd

          The way her hands are posed in the last shot is like they are tied up. Definitely porn vibe.

          • kmk05

            Now I can’t unsee it! That or the ‘inviting stretch’ as someone shoots pics before the porno actually starts.

        • formerlyAnon

          I assume it’s intentionally dated because it’s now cool to evoke the dingier aspects of the 1970s.

          • kmk05

            I think what’s jarring is that the front cover and the inside are on opposite ends of the spectrum (modern sex vixen tousled to old school 70s). I mean, fine, you want to evoke dingy porn 70s, great, but don’t make it come across as a photographic non-sequitur.

          • formerlyAnon

            You’re more generous than I am. I am really, really, good with saying “do not assault me with the miasma of association dingy ’70s porn evokes.” Not. Ever. To be fair, this is probably more about some of the people I knew and places I passed through in the ’70s than anybody’s photo shoot.

          • kmk05

            To be fair, the 70s vibe never seems to work out, so you’re right in not wanting to see it. There was this other photoshoot a few months ago where the actress looked like some sort of drug addict (that one might have been Terry Richardson). It’s never fun and always sleazy when editors and photographers aim for it.

      • Lucía Gavello

        Well, she IS promoting “Lovelace”, so there’s that.

      • gabbilevy

        Right down to the prophylactic-covered couch.

    • Raspberry2012

      You’re spot on with the Bratz Doll!

  • RussellH88

    They really beat her mug.

  • Carleenml

    I can’t get much beyond what looks like hideous photoshop work in the last pic. Boots are cute.

  • KinoEye

    Yeah, I’ll agree that her makeup artists should usually (not always) lay off on the heavy eye makeup. I have similar eyes, and it’s tricky. In that first shot it’s taking her straight to Dragsville. Not a bad thing, but I’m not sure that’s what they/she were going for.

    Yes. These shots are weird. Beachside cowgirl?

  • Karen Belgrad

    All I can think of is how she would’ve been much better than Hough in the Footloose reboot.

    (I seriously only own red boots so I can say “My daddy hates it when I wear these red boots”)

  • Sarah

    I agree about the makeup, and I disagree with the pose in the green bikini. The ol’ “up the wazoo” angle is not flattering at all, nor is sticking a nekkid person on a plastic covered couch.

    • Capt. Renault

      They don’t call it a photo spread for nuthin’.

      • Sarah


  • SewingSiren

    Okay this reminds me of this one time when we were kids and my dad took use to this man made lake to go swimming and the public bath rooms were just like an outhouse. So anyway, my dad never went any where in short and when it was time to leave he goes in the outhouse/bath house and he turned right around and came out with just his boots and trunks on (cause it was foul in there). Us kids howled with laughter, but we had to dry up before he got to the car. This fashion spread reminds me of that and I’m glad I got a good laugh on this dreary day.

  • Anastacia

    I completely agree about the make up. As for the spread…not at all one of their best…this just seems a bit awkward..xo

  • @Biting Panda

    The whole thing is giving a sex doll vibe, that makes me feel a bit sorry for her.

    • Constant Reader

      I agree. She deserves better.

  • AES

    I was surprised to see this wasn’t Terry Richardson. Plastic covered reflective furniture and a crotch shot seems right up his alley. She deserves better.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I agree, I had just checked and was totally surprised also. I was typing when your comment came up. Reverted to Lovelace. That couch is disgusting!

    • @Biting Panda

      That was my first thought. But then I saw there were things like set design and lighting. Also a noticeable lack of objects in her mouth, so I knew it wasn’t a TR special.

    • AnaRoW

      Nah. The poses are his style but the pictures don’t look like they were shot with an old Polaroid Instamatic.

    • Alicia

      I knew it wasn’t him because the lighting was too good.

    • kmk05

      Was about to type this! The missing old Polaroid feel is what tipped me off that it was a more modern guy, ha. It’s still uninspired softcore 70s.

    • MK03

      Not enough washout for a Terry Richardson shoot.

  • Kate Andrews

    I hate how contorted she seems. Don’t make her pose that way!

  • ballerinawithagun

    From the cover I thought we were about to see her in some beautiful couture. Such a stunning woman and they reverted back to Lovelace???

  • marlie

    Surprisingly, I like her eye makeup, but I hate the color of her lipstick. That’s what pushes this over the line into “porn star” for me. That, and the crotch shot in the green bikini.

    • Constant Reader

      Before I even clicked on the thumbnail, I thought “eyes or lips, but not both.”

  • elemspbee

    she CANNOT sport the smokey eye even though the attempt is to see if something else can be done with them eyes. They got their answer–not the smokey eye. And these poses are skanky for no reason. how unfortunate. on to the next post. this hurts after a morning woken up by an earthquake here in LA!

  • Imasewsure

    Can’t say I like the pictures but she is one of my favorite Hollywood faces.

  • deelup

    I actually like the eye makeup in the second and third shot, ie from a distance. For the cover shot it almost looks like purposely overdone stage makeup. And that’s not attractive unless you’re on, um, stage. Also, crotch, crotch, crotch, crotch, crotch!

  • Kiltdntiltd

    A rather trashy looking spread overall. Yeah, they really didn’t play to her strengths.

    • Pennymac

      Trashy is a kind adjective when faced with that green bikini crotch shot.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        You are so right, I was trying to avoid saying, “base and vulgar”. lol

  • BlairBear

    Hate the poses and the styling (cowboy boots and bathing suits? really?) like the bikinis but feel they should be staged differently. also I really like that lip color on her

  • Jeanny House

    You talk about these things as though she had a choice. When people do a spread like this for a magazine, aren’t they essentially dress-up dolls and blank canvases whom the people designing the shoot make the decisions about?

  • Betsy

    She has such amazing eyes. Why did they do this? And the photos cheapen her and border on tasteless. I don’t get any if it.

  • mary mary quite contrary

    oof, that middle shot is so awkward.

  • ErikaM812

    I agree, this is a strange shoot. Her eyes are amazing, no need for such heavy liner. And red cowboy boots! Any How I Met Your Mother fans here? lol

    • kimmeister

      “PULLING. THEM. OFF.” (But not in Amanda’s case here, when paired with the swimwear.)

  • SugarSnap108

    Definitely agree. Using false lashes to “enhance” her eyes actually detracts from them. But the lashes are way less cheap and awkward than the poses.

  • Leslie Streeter

    She looks like Madame the puppet’s 70s porn star sister.Or a victim in a “Saw” film. Yick.

  • Anna

    Well, the cover is appropriately W Magazine. Not sure what the connection is with the creepy/casting couch-themed editorial on the inside though.

  • formerlyAnon

    These photos look like illustrations for one of those short story collections that feature bleak situations, people at dead ends, poverty or the desperate struggle to keep out of it, and a sleazy existential angstiness. Except everything is a bit too clean. Not a fan, if you couldn’t tell.

    I like the eyes, in a weird way. Not for live appearances, and I’m not sure it would hold if she smiled, but in photos,it connects her to a historical, theatrical, almost sculptural context, at least in MY head. I thought of the famous bust of Nefertiti (which does not, actually, sport nearly this much eyeliner) and some of the studio photographs of 19th century actresses & dancers in costume that were sold to that era’s fans.

    • Sarah

      Lurleen is thinking of SELLING her BODY to make this month’s trailer parking payment. Her friend Delta lent her the bikini, but by gum, she’s gonna wear her red cowboy boots (that her daddy gave her before he ran off with the rodeo) just so she doesn’t forget who she really is, on the inside.

      • formerlyAnon

        I LOVE YOU.

        (Also, we obviously had the same reading list at some point.)

        • Sarah

          The feeling is mutual, my friend.

  • RoseJB

    I saw the rest of the photos at Blog Invoga and all of the shots are really awkward. And so many of them are of her sort of crossing her legs in underwear and cowboy boots. Girl cannot pose. And the fashion story sucks, to boot.

  • Mary Lauer

    Gorgeous boots tho

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me, but it still does when fashion editors and photographers take a young woman with striking features (i.e, those eyes) and shoehorn said young woman into whatever hot trend is in.

  • NurseEllen

    It seems we are in pretty much total agreement that the photos here are not doing Miss “Sigh-fred” any favors. And I must add that the sharp, pointy antler base on the table in the last photo is making me twitch, it’s so painful looking, and when paired with the “tie me up” vibe in her pose, it’s just too much altogether. That said, I would like that blue Kors sweater when she’s done with it.

  • Gatto Nero

    Never liked her in “Big Love,” or in “Mamma Mia” — stopped watching her after that, and find her overrated.
    The bikini shots are kinda creepy.
    Nice boots, though not my style.

  • B_C_J

    I am in the minority. I like the eyeliner. It’s heavy but it’s editorial. Reminds me of other women from the past who could mesmerize you with their eyes: Sophia Loren, dovima, la Callas.
    However the inside pictures are tasteless

  • Gaby

    Bunny Lebowski.

    • KinoEye

      “I’ll suck your c**k for a thousand dollars. Brandt can’t watch, though, or he has to pay a hundred.”

      • Gaby

        You can just hear it.

  • kimmeister

    The heavy eyeliner makes her look like a fashion drawing rather than a human being. All she needs is some New Look Dior, a toy poodle, and a parasol, and she’s ready to be illustrated.

    • formerlyAnon


  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Did Terry Richardson do her makeup AND shoot this?

  • Trickytrisha

    I can’t hate on her, but I can on the stylist and photog. Any supposed glamour shoot that features the tacky carpets and cowboy boots is questionable at best.

  • Victoria Anzalone

    Very awkward poses.

  • Danielle

    I would rather have a spread of her dog.

  • Judy_S

    Agree about the makeup. It makes the eyes look as if they’d been painted over her real ones.

  • docholly

    besides my Italian grandmother who actually uses the gawd awful plastic seat covers anymore? and to put bare skin on them? ew.

  • Alloy Jane

    It’s not just you. This spot was the big pic on “trending” and my first thought was that it looked like some grotesque cartoon version of her. Makes her eyes look too wide apart, like Admiral Ackbar.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Those pics are all low-rent hooker.

  • alyce1213

    She’s never looked worse. That’s not the objective.

  • MilaXX

    I wouldn’t mind if they had switched the eye makeup in this editorial. It not bad, it’s just not that good on her. The pictures are another story. I really dislike them. The green bikini one is is Terry Richardson levels of bad.

  • Raspberry2012


  • Kent Roby

    That makeup was applied with a trowel. Um, no.

  • crash1212

    I’ve seen an enhanced eye on her and liked it. This wasn’t that eye. Whoever did the makeup for this shoot should be shot. These are weird, but I must confess to being a sucker for an oversized cardigan over a bikini.

  • Beardslee

    Why are young women expected to pose like this? Or rather, I know why and it is profoundly depressing. What a cheapening of a person who is successful at her job.

    • formerlyAnon

      Right. Exactly. She’s a *successful* actor. Successful male actors also do some fairly cheesy, borderline exploitative photos, but it seems to be so far, far, less often.

      It is problematic to me, though, where the line is between “it’s a reasonable choice given the realities of the profession” and “we all (including the actors of both genders) have been taught by endless repetition of the objectified, implicitly sexual image, that it’s a reasonable choice.”

  • mickiemonkey

    I hope she sprayed some disinfectant on that couch.

  • Clash D

    Amazing how the styling makes her look like Lindsay Lohan. Not a compliment.

  • berkeleygirl

    Spot-on… My niece is virtually Seyfried’s doppelganger and, gratefully, gave up eyeliner before her senior year in high school. Six years later, she’s stuck to minimal mascara on her huge blue peepers, and is all the lovelier for it.

  • DuBey2

    I’ll go out on a limb and admit I loved her eye makeup and her whole cover look. Not so much the styling inside.

  • cocohall

    My mother is knitting for Michael Kors? That sweater in the last shot looks like something my mom would make for her grandkids – and they in turn, would wear it once, in a photo. Too weird paired with the bikinis and the soft porn poses. She deserves better than this.

  • Sunraya

    Eyes are terrible!! And do we really need a direct shot of her crotch?? And why do actresses who have talent allow this?

  • luludexter

    Wow they took a beautiful girl and made her look trashy and cheap, what a shame

  • Fuchaforever

    OMG…that eye makeup is SO awful….I mean, she looks like a pantomime mask or a cheap Venetian harlequin carnival ball mask from Party City…how could she allow that? How can W, THE W, do that to her? I’m in shock.

  • icm

    Almost porn.

  • LeelaST

    The green bikini shot made me say “horrendous” out loud. She is one of the most “self-aware” actors in the business. That is not a good thing.

  • susan6

    I’d say she looks a bit drag-queen-esque, but most queens have better makeup skills than that.

  • quiltrx

    Weird spread, and the makeup actually makes her eyes LESS pretty.

  • JynxTheCat

    If I were her maker up person I would have a VERY hard time NOT playing with those peepers. Not unlike a pushup bra on Marilyn..

  • BrooklynBomber

    Definitely weird. Though I do want that blue sweater.

  • SierraDelta

    The green bikini shot is very disturbing. She looks so young ordinarily that when she’s this overmade-up, there’s a really unsettling kiddy porn vibe, as if the goal is to make a young girl look older.


  • kingderella

    I actually think the cover is phierce as phuck, and the second shot is just on the right side of the “sexy/cheap”-divide. The third shot doesn’t do much for me.

  • OhSheila

    It’s necessary for the scene they’re setting which is very…trashy. The trashy motif lends itself to excess

  • A.E. Boredom Queen

    I actually love the cover, but the other two shots are just ridiculous. No one sits like that, unless you’re an ex-dancer like me who finds awkward positions comfortable due to years of stretching, which made your legs immune. It’s a shame that they made Amanda look so trashy as well, especially when that isn’t even her normal look.