In a new video, Gene Simmons teaches his daughter, Sophie Tweed Simmons, how to achieve his legendary black-and-white makeup.
The Cosmopolitan video begins with the rock star slathering white makeup over his daughter’s lips, cheeks and forehead. He then moves in on the details, using a makeup pencil to draw in a widow’s peak and eye detailing.
At this stage, it looks a bit messy, so Gene takes a makeup brush and dusts off all of the excess makeup. He also shares the story behind the face paint.
"We wanted to put together the band that we never saw on stage," Gene explains. "And one day we said 'Well, why don't we wear makeup?'" The 64 year old's own mask took inspiration from horror and sci-fi movies, and he cites Phantom of the Opera and Batman as inspiration.
To finish the look, the KISS singer takes black makeup and a paintbrush and with successive, long singular motions, fills in the holes.
The cherry on the top of this KISS sundae is a fresh pair of black lips.
Finally, Gene offers a trick of the trade for his infamous red tongue. He says he takes a red lifesaver and swishes it around his mouth for thirty minutes before any show. The result is ablood red tongue that he wags and extends throughout any given KISS show.
Gene Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley were in Toronto yesterday (Aug. 13) visiting babies at Mount Sinai. The hospital is holding a Rock and Stroll fundraising walk to support high-risk births on Sept. 28, 2014.
This was hot on the heels of performing at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Tuesday night.