I came across ‘Where’s Miley Cyrus Been?’ on OMG (my fav quick guide on what’s happening in the celeb world) while looking at her photo, my eyes wondered passed her floral dress to her hair and make-up. Flipping through the photos I tried to analyse what type of make up look she was wearing- a hybrid between gothic and sunkissed glow creating a soft, sultry yet bold statement- briging to center stage the romantic rather than horrific component of the word Gothic!
With the emergence of gothic rock, gothic make-up has been widely associated with rock hence the title on my blog.
Contrary to the stereotype, Gothic make up does not have to be only about the pale Adam’s family white skin and blood red lips, doesn’t have to be dark all around and can be made suitable for day-time, red carpet events and the runway once you have a hang on basics!
In 2008, Rock & Republic showcased what they called ‘a rock style spring smokey eye’ on luminous skin for their Spring 2009 Collection. In Itally Spring-Summer we saw a similar trend on Emilio Pucci’s models.
I like to think of Goth make up as divided into these elements:
- Eyes defined in black eye-liner which is usually smoked out.
- Black eye-shadow
- Black Mascara
- Bright lips – usually red
- Pale skin
To make it more romantic and less of a horror:
- Use a warm/natural pallete to create a soft smokey eye.
- Skip the pale skin and let your skin glow.
- Substitute the blood red lips and go for natural lip colors or soft tints to match your skin tone.
I’m not a fan of Gothic/Rock style but I would probably wear it to an informal night party.