After nearly two months offline, Zayn Malik has made his triumphant return to social media and not to celebrate the One Direction anniversary like many imagined, but rather, to show off a bomb “makeup” selfie. Yes, seriously.
On July 31, Zayn took to Instagram to share a caption-less photo of him wearing what appears to be eyeliner. While many were quick to think it was eyeliner under his eyes, fans online have pointed out that it’s not and have referenced the cultural meaning behind the photo.
“Hey babes, Zayn is not wearing eyeliner….it is Surma, we Muslims put in on Eids and other occasions,” tweeted one fan, explaining that Surma, or kohl, “is not considered makeup.” Another explained further, “It’s not eyeliner It’s kajal more specifically Surma which both men & women apply on Eid It’s a South Asian tradition.”
While Zayn didn’t specify in this caption the meaning behind…