For anyone interested in looking Goth, you must know how to use the color black. A typical Goth look is all about a pale complexion, black clothing, black hair & black makeup. And though it may seem simple, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Over the years, this look has evolved thanks to people who wanted to transform it into something chic and trendy that was more fashionable than what it started out with, keeping the Goth essence intact.
And today, besides black, you could also use deep blues, dark greens and greys, blood-reds, purples and even ivory for gothic makeup.
Your makeup is very important for you to look the part. As far as makeup is concerned, the main areas to focus on are your:
- Face (pale complexion)
A pale complexion is typically required but fashionably optional. For those who would like their complexions to look pale, begin by using a good base. Those with dark skin should use a base that’s a few shades lighter than their natural colour. After that, lightly apply white powder over your entire face, not forgetting to cover the areas below your jawbone too.
For those who do not possess a pale complexion, begin by using a good base. Those with medium to dark skin should use a base that’s a few shades lighter than their natural color. After that, lightly apply white powder over your entire face, not forgetting to cover the areas below your jawbone too.
The Eyes & Lips
The next parts of your gothic makeup are the eyes & lips which are always fun to experiment and play around with. The basic essentials are a black eyeliner and black/red lipstick.
You could use either a liquid liner or a pencil. Liquid eyeliner is great especially for those who have a steady hand. While applying the liner, make sure you have something wet at hand to quickly correct your mistakes.
You could use either a liquid liner or a pencil eyeliner to define your eyes. Apply dark eye shadow for that smokey effect and add a pair of huge fake eyelashes. Complete your gothic look with blood red lips.
Try different shapes around your eyes in liquid liner to get sharp, defined edges. Don’t forget to use mascara; the darker, the better.
This silver and black combination is a glamorous way to look gothic. A black or red lipstick and black nail polish will do wonders.
Many Goths apply eye liners only around their lower eye lid. You could use a liner all around your eyes instead. Pencil liners are perfect for that smoky effect around your eyes.
Black hair is an integral part of the Goth look. But today, Goth hairstyles are just used as an artistic expression of oneself and can be worn in any way and in any colour.
Lastly, don’t forget to accessorize; be they in the form of piercings, earrings or false eyelashes, to complete your look.
And remember, the trick lies in how you get your look together. If you want to look different, you have to be creative.