How to Apply Gothic Makeup
Wash & dry your face a
few minutes before applying makeup, oily skin will make makeup look
greasy and plastic as well as clog your pores and create pimples. It is
equally important to not sleep in your makeup.
Morbid Pale Complexion:
you put on your makeup drape your shoulders with a towel to protect your
clothing and dust your face with baby powder. It is transparent and
will give you a very pale look without looking fake. Baby powder can
also be applied to neck, shoulders, arms and cleavage but be careful not
to get it on clothing. Remember to go lightly, only clowns overdo it.Eyeliner:
Both goth guys and goth girls apply black eyeliner. Most Goths apply
eye liner around their bottom lid just inside or below the bottom
lashes. Applying only to the bottom lid will make your eyes look
smaller. Professionals warn against using eyeliner on the inside bottom
lid because it causes clogged tear ducts and sometimes infection.
If your eyes are sensitive then stay outside of the lash line to
prevent itchy, runny, watering irritated eyes. Popular mainstream
gothic eyeliner looks include Dawn's three tears, the Egyptian look and
the Eric Draven look from the movie "The Crow".
You'll want to look different and not like everyone else, so
show in your creativity. Liquid black eyeliner lets you be really
creative. Have a few wet Q-tips ready to use like precision erasers in
case you make a mistake Tilt your head back with eyelids half closed
and apply eyeliner. Don't open and close your eyes until the liner
If you don't have a steady hand and find pencils easy to work
with don't buy a cheap pencil they smear and smudge and just don't look
Buy a separate pencil
sharpener for your eyeliner pencil. Using a regular pencil sharpener
that has pencil shavings only causes nasty eye problems.
Pressed powder is
the easiest to work with. Dip or smudge your brush into the powder, then
tap on the container or blow excess off the brush or it will sprinkle
on your face. eye shadow creams and sticks are greasy, wear into the
creases of your lids and smear very easily.
is a must, the blacker the better. As a note, Gothic guys do wear mascara; it brings out more drama.
Blood red and black are the most
common colors for Goths. Be unique - try blue, green or even purple to
match your outfit. A suggestion is emphasize only one feature, so if
your wearing lots of eye shadow down play the lipstick or vice versa. If
you apply lipstick with a lip brush you will get a much better look.
You can find really nice gothic makeup in true colors at your local
theatrical supply shops. Quality products make a big difference but if
you're on a budget then the corner drug store will do, but really look
at the colors and how thick the pigment is. In winter if you have
chapped lips try not to bite or lick them, apply lip balm to keep them
soft and supple. You can also wear lip balm under lipstick.
Usually applied first before
lipstick helps define the lips shape and prevents the lipstick from
feathering and adds a more finished look. Choose a lip liner that is the
same color or is a shade or 2 darker thank your lipstick. For the
Brandon Lee/Eric Draven look from "The Crow" extend color horizontally
past your natural lips corners.
The purpose of blush is to put more color in your face. Goths do NOT wear blush!
The most popular nail color for
girls and guys is black. Other gothic nails colors include deep dark
blue, purple, green and blood red. You can also paint each nail a
different color, but not like a rainbow, keep it dark. Nails must be
short and preferably bitten back to be truly goth. I have never seen a
goth with dragon lady nails.
There are all kinds of glitter
but pixy dust is the best. Craft stores sell very fine glitter and you
can make your own body lotion, hair gel or just dust it on straight out
of the bottle. Be warned though, this stuff is hard to get rid of and
gets all over everything. Be careful not to get it into your eyes.
Shiny is bad, always carry a
compact with powder to do touch-ups when your out to keep that matte
look. You may also want to carry a few q-tips incase you have lots of
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These are just tips and suggestions to experiment with. Don't wait till
15 minutes before you leave for a big night out to experiment with a new
look. It's fun to play "dress up" and experiment when you're bored and
have nothing better to do. That way you'll have plenty of time to relax
and experiment. It's also fun to experiment with a group of friends;
that way you can get immediate feedback!
Take a step back from the mirror and take a good look to make
sure things are even. Things sometimes look a little different with
perspective. Dressing up in front of a mirror is one thing, but going
out in public is another.