Thursday, 22 September 2011

Eye make-up for Goths

We've covered the very basics of Goth make-up, and even how to Goth up your eyebrows, but I don't think I've really taken the subject of make-up any further. Which, as someone who intends to one day launch their own make-up line, is rather remiss of me...

So, without further ado, here's a more in-depth look at an area of Goth make-up - more specifically, eye make-up.

In Goth make-up, as in more 'traditional' make-up looks, the eyes are generally the focal point of the make-up and therefore are the most dramatic (there are, of course, exceptions to this - TV Goth Abby Sciuto has dark lips and very neutral eyes).

When most people think of Goth eye make-up, chances are they think of black eyeshadow and an excess of eyeliner, which in many cases isn't too far wrong. For a basic day-to-day look, I suspect that many of us like to stick to basic black. Whilst heavy, dark shadow and liner is, therefore, a tried-and-true Goth look, and can look great if applied carefully and with a modicum of skill (blend nicely, Gothlings, and practise with that liquid liner before you leave the house), it isn't the be-all and end-all of Goth eye make-up.

In fact, many Goth girls and guys enjoy experimenting with colour, glitter, and fun accessories like stick-on crystals (and I think most of us have glued little sparkly bats to our faces with eyelash glue at one point or another) and crazy false lashes. Bright colour often works well in Goth eye make-up because it provides an exciting, vivid contrast with black clothing and dark lips.

I have mentioned before that swirls, curliques and other such ornamentations are rather stereotypical embellishments for Goth eyes, but that doesn't mean that we don't all play with such decoration from time to time. Liquid liner is the best tool for this, although felt tip liner isn't too bad either. Of course you can never go wrong with black, but don't be afraid to try red, purple, blue, pink, green, silver, or even glitter eyeliners (or a combination) to create more daring, playful looks for clubbing and other events.

For a simple, smoky line, dip a soft pencil liner in a matching shade of eyeshadow. Or you can draw on a line and smudge over it with a little bit of eyeshadow on a small brush (I do this underneath my eyes). Smoky black eyeliner is a good place to start for young gentlemen who would like to dabble in the world of cosmetics but don't want attempt anything too daring just yet.

Applying heavy make-up around the eye is likely to make your eyes look smaller. We've all heard the oft-repeated tip to use white eyeliner on the inner rims - also, you don't have to line the entire eye; leave the lines unjoined at the inner corner to make your eyes look more open. If black eyeshadow across the entire lid is too heavy for you, use a lighter shade such as white, light brown or a pastel colour such as pink on the inner third of your eyelid and blend outwards into the darker colour.

Another staple Goth look is the retro-style cats-eye flick at the outer corner of the eye. This looks simple but it can be surprisingly difficult to make your wings even. I found it easier, when I first began to experiment with dark make-up, to draw a swirl extending upwards; bigger details are easier to make symmetrical, at least for me. You can always draw your design in pencil first, correct any mistakes with a damp cotton bud, and then go over the design with liquid or felt tip liner.

I can't think of a single eyeshadow colour that you can't use in some way to create a Goth look, so don't feel you have to chuck out all the pinks and neutrals you collected in your early teens. Silvers, greys, and browns can create sultry, smoky looks; bright colours (including those pinks) will make perkygoth or cyber designs really pop. You can look around at people's make-up on this site (or search 'goth' on Tumblr) for a whole wealth of ideas in a myriad of colours and styles. YouTube also has some fantastically outlandish tutorials.

Mascara, too, doesn't have to be black - red or white mascara are also popular, but don't forget glitter, or highlighting the tips of your lashes with something in a bright shade.

Be careful when applying glitter near your eyes - make sure the product you are using is eye safe. Larger particles of glitter can get into your eyes and irritate; you need to use only glitter that is very finely milled. Use a larger brush to add a shimmer of iridescence over your entire lid; this is a nice way to liven up a simple black make-up look, or use a cotton bud, small brush or finger tip to dab glitter onto certain areas.

In summary: be brave, be bold, don't be afraid to experiment, and don't forget to have fun with your look - that's mostly the point, after all!


Maggie said...

I usually stick to dark browns/blacks and some eyeliner for the day (Maybelline's Lasting Drama gel eyeliner is my new best friend), but when I go out, I experiment with colours. Nothing wrong with sparkly purple, blue or - dare I say it? - pink, if it's applied the right way :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,

Yep, this is the same Anon that also asked for your advice on getting a blog, but I now have a different name. Good news.....I got one! :-D I've not posted much so far but I'm working on it! -

xo :-)
.P.S. - Thanks for responding last time, I really do appreciate it.

Anonymous said...

Goodness dear Amy, your blog is so amazing! You awarded my blog back in January, I since then have changed it to 'Boneflowers and Oddities'. Would really love to chat with you sometime!

Sabarae said...

I've been experimenting with makeup, especially eyeshadow, a lot lately, so I'm pleased to see this post! And my goodness, I do believe I now must fine some sparkly little bats! This search is on!


Ps. I was wondering if there were any plans for posts on more tone-down versions of the more elaborate fashion styles. For example, a way to make romanti or victorian goth more everyday friendly?

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