The Fine Art of the Cryface

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No one is pretty when they cry. OK, fine. Nicole Kidman is pretty when she cries, and Lauren Conrad didn't look terrible that time she cried streaks of mascara down her face. But the rest of us — gorgeous actresses included — have what is known as a "cryface." And it's almost invariably hilarious.


Cryface is having A Moment right now. While a longstanding Tumblr has been documenting Cryface for some time (bravo, cultural curio collectors of the internet!), a Pinterest board consisting exclusively of Claire Danes' limited range of chin-crumpling cryface has brought even more attention to that ugly red contortion the front of our heads make when something has deeply upset or disappointed us. And rightly so.

So, in honor of the Cryface, let's all blow off some steam this weird Wednesday with a parade of the best cryfaces in the biz. Ready? Sob.


[Daily What]

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Claire Danes' crumple-chinned cryface makes me tear up in response, at least in part because of some kind of weird self-inflicted Pavlovian conditioning I developed watching Romeo + Juliet approximately 40 sprillion times when I was 12. Thus, the average episode of Homeland leaves me severely dehydrated and close to death.