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As the temperature drops, you might be noticing dramatic goth makeup rising to the top of winter beauty trends. And, if you think about it, it makes sense. When the weather is frigid and gray outside, it doesn’t quite make sense to wear summer’s brightest colors. But, a gorgeous oxblood lipstick and charcoal smoky eye goth makeup look? Oh yes, now that sounds perfect for the chilly days ahead.
Before throwing on your very darkest makeup in a rush, we recommended giving your idea of a goth makeup look a modern update with a picture-perfect dewy complexion and precision blending. Not sure where to start? We’ll take you through every single step to achieve your soon-to-be favorite winter makeup look with our goth makeup tutorial below.
Embrace your dark side by following our goth makeup tutorial below.
Step 1: Apply primer. Whenever you’re going to put the time into applying makeup, it doesn’t make sense to start with anything other than primer, which can help create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application. If you have oily skin, blend a dab of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer onto your skin; if you have dry skin, try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer.
Step 2: Color correct your complexion. Before moving straight to applying foundation, reach for color corrector to help neutralize the appearance of any redness, sallowness, or dullness. While you might think that concealer should come after foundation, it’s actually best to apply color correcting concealer first, since this will give you an idea of just how much foundation you’ll need to use to cover up any remaining visible imperfections. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons, which come in a variety of shades.
Step 3: Apply foundation. Now you’re ready to move on to foundation. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation if you have oily skin or the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation if you have dry skin. Whichever foundation you choose, squeeze some of it onto a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and gently stipple the color onto your face.
Step 4: Create a subtle glow. Whether you have oily skin or dry skin, you can rock a glow. To soften your goth makeup look, squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer onto your makeup blender and stipple it along your cheekbones, jawbone, and the tip of your nose.
Step 5: Apply concealer. Just because you’re aiming to perfect a goth makeup look doesn’t mean you want to walk around with bags under your eyes. To brighten up your under-eye area, apply some of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer in upside-down triangles beneath your eyes. Gently stipple the concealer with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to blend it in without disrupting the makeup beneath it.
Step 6: Set your face makeup with finishing powder. Now that you’re complexion looks positively flawless, set your makeup by dusting on a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Finishing Powder.
Step 7: Apply a dark smoky eye or monotone lid. If you want to go the smoky eye route, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to blend some of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Meet Me in Paris across your lid. Be sure to go up just a bit above your crease in order to give your next color something to blend into. Once that’s applied, use a crease brush to dust some of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Noir Cest Noir into your crease to add depth to your goth statement eye. Finish it off with a shimmering highlight in the inner corner of your eye, the middle of your lid just above your lash line, and just below the tail of your brow using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadow in Petite Perle. If you take the monotone eyeshadow route for your goth makeup look, unscrew the cap of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Mistress Noir and apply the creamy black eye shadow across your lid, extending from your lash line to your crease but not beyond.
Step 8: Rim your eyes in black eyeliner. No goth makeup look is complete without thick black eyeliner—that’s something the ‘90s definitely taught us, right? So, rim your lash line using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black. If you do decide to take it to your lower lash line, avoid tracing at the inner corner of your eye, because sometimes ths can look a little too harsh. Your best bet will be to keep your eyeliner confined to the outer ¾ of your lash line.
Step 9: Add mascara. A goth makeup look wouldn’t be complete without mascara. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara in Blackest Black, which features a primer on one end and a fiber mascara on the other.
Step 10: Perfect your brows. Remember, the ultra-defined brow is a relic of the past; nowadays it’s all about full, natural-looking brows. To get the look, fill in your arches using the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara and make them pop by highlighting the undersides of your brows with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo.
Step 11: Finish with liquid lipstick. Last but not least, it’s time to apply liquid lipstick! Pucker up and fill your lips in using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick in Roseblood.
And there you have it; the perfect goth makeup look with a chic modern twist for winter.
Next up: How to Transition Your Makeup Routine from Fall to Winter.