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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Is Justin Bieber wearing makeup? Do we care?

By Liz Kelly

(Image courtesy Todateen)

A few years back Justin Bieber was busking on a street in Canada. Now he's launching branded products lines (nail polish and a unisex fragrance), written a gushy, photo-filled memoir and is on tap to host a reincarnated "Punk'd" for MTV.

He's also, this week, appearing on the cover of Brazilian teen mag Todateen in what appears to be lipstick and totally smoked out eyes. That, coupled with the strategically mussed mop top gives Bieber more the air of a young Natalie Portman or Hilary Swank than, umm, a young Justin Bieber. But did he really wear makeup for the shoot? Since I don't speak or read Portuguese I asked my friend Genilson Brandao, possibly D.C.'s best-dressed resident and originally from Brazil, to translate the accompanying text.

According to Genilson, the mag claims to have a spread of over 70 photos of the Bieb, "including 10 poster-sized photos and shirtless shots." Ick.

There is also a note from the editors in response to criticism of the cover shot. They claim the photo was not altered in any way, but fail to mention whether or not he was actually wearing makeup. Bieber, they added, is super-handsome naturally and they see no need to alter any photo of


I could get all super-snarky here, but I'd rather open up a discussion about what image Bieber, or his management/parents, is trying to project. And whether a 16-year-old boy wearing makeup and appearing (if it's true) "shirtless" is of as much concern as Miley Cyrus's new mature (read: scantily-clad) persona or the "Glee"/GQ photo spread kerfuffle.

I'm interested in your take. Comment below and we'll check back throughout the day to keep the conversation going.

Source: TodaTeen

More about the Bieb:
In August, the Bieb was beaned with a water bottle.

In September, Bieber avoided a water balloon-related arrest.

Also in September, Bieber was rumored to have speculated that he is "the Kurt Cobain of my generation."

Earlier this month, Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent read selections from Bieber's memoir in a video that went mildly viral.

Complete Justin Bieber coverage

By Liz Kelly  | October 27, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
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1. Of course.
2. No.
I'm told by those who should know that Curt Cobain actually had some talent. Therfore the Bieb is much closer to the Leif Garrett of his generation.

Posted by: reddragon1 | October 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. The Bieb looks far more like a 12 year old girl than a 16 year old boy. Just sayin'...

Posted by: cookgirl1 | October 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He is a sissy!

Posted by: mbrumble | October 27, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Could be Clearasil, or maybe someone threw a pancake at him. Or he walked into one.

Posted by: kabuki3 | October 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

He totally looks like a sweet girl. If that is the look he's going for good for him. I think its some publicity stunt. He's got us talking about it. I'm ashamed he's from Ontario.

Posted by: beflemin | October 27, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Totally wearing makeup.

Adults who play teenagers appearing scantily clad in a magazine, civilization as we knnow it has come to an end.

Actual minor (and under federal child porn laws, minor ia anyone under 18) appearing shirtless that you just KNOW the pedophiles will be scarfing up, oh ho-hum, isn't he cute.

My head hurts.

Posted by: epjd | October 27, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was auditioning for the Dr. Frank-N-Furter role on "Glee"??

I wish he would cut that stupid hair - whenever I see the kid on TV, to keep it in place, he tosses his head back and forth like he has a tic.

Posted by: ounanm | October 27, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

You never saw Donny Osmond looking so pancaked up. This cover is just creepy.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | October 27, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Could be a young teenage girl with a trendy pixy cut. So obvious he's wearing makeup!

Posted by: carusocm | October 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

(1) Yes, more than most women I know!

He looks so much like my niece it's uncanny.

Posted by: Californian11 | October 27, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Dude can wear whatever makes him happy; it's just the photograph that's creepy. Looks like a very bad (or very good) photoshop.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | October 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's trying to outdo all the young lesbians with Bieber haircuts...

Posted by: cjbriggs | October 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Forget Justin Bieber. Genilson Brandao is fantastic!

Posted by: Maisyandme | October 28, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Forget this tween. Let's see some pics of DC's best dressed resident!

Posted by: KingofDC | October 29, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Forget this made-up tween. Let's see some pics of DC's best dressed resident instead.

Posted by: KingofDC | October 29, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

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