Remember the days when goth makeup reigned supreme in the beauty world? You know, when it was all about oxblood lips and dark smoky eye makeup. Well, these days, the dramatic ‘90s makeup trend has taken a colorful turn with the emergence of pastel goth makeup. That’s right, instead of making dark shades the star of your makeup look, this trend welcomes color into the mix. Ready to embrace your edgy side with a touch of color? Follow along as we share a step-by-step makeup tutorial that will help you embrace the pastel goth aesthetic.
WHAT IS PASTEL GOTH MAKEUP?
Before we dive into the wonders of pulling off pastel goth makeup, it’s only right that you know exactly what it is. A spin-off from traditional goth makeup, pastel goth makeup is all about matching the pastel goth girl aesthetic. This is done by softening up your standard goth looks via soft pastel eyeshadows, sparkly eyeliner, and face gems. The look can still maintain some of the normal goth edginess you love with the help of bold lashes and purple lips. Pastel goth makeup is also often paired with pastel hair to really elevate the look and offer the perfect blend of sweetness and gloom.
HOW TO GET PASTEL GOTH MAKEUP
Want to transform into a pastel goth girl? Below, we’re sharing a pastel goth makeup tutorial that will help you do just that!
STEP #1: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME
No matter what makeup look you’re going for, you should always start things off with makeup primer. Primer helps to give skin a smooth base for your makeup application and allows your look to go the distance. Set the stage with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer, smoothing a thin layer over your skin.
STEP #2: PERFECT YOUR SKIN
Once your primer is in place, it’s time to take things up a notch with flawless skin. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a seamless finish.
STEP #3: DEFINE YOUR FEATURES
Now that you’ve achieved the perfect visage, you’ll want to add some definition to prevent your makeup from falling flat. First, apply the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and jawline to give your skin a sun-kissed look. Then, dip your blush brush in a neutral blush shade from the L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush line.
STEP #4: BUILD YOUR EYESHADOW BASE
As we mentioned above, colorful eyes are a huge part of what brings pastel goth makeup to life. You’ll need to start your eye makeup off with a light base color to prevent your colorful eyeshadow from sporting a muddy appearance. Swipe the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach all over your lid, and you’re ready for the next step.
STEP #5: BRING ON THE COLOR
Get ready to play with pastel color! Grab the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Always Pearly Pink and apply the soft pink shade on the center of your lid. Next, follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Amethyst Quartz and blend the color onto the inner third of your lid and your lower lash line. Follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea on the outer third of your lid, blending it slightly into the crease.
Finish up with the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in String Of Pearls on the inner corner of your eye for a stunning highlight.
Editor’s note: Think this color combo isn’t for you? Not a problem, any blend of pastel shades is perfect for a pastel goth look. Pastel purple is popular, but we also love soft pink eyeshadows all over the lid.
STEP #6: ADD SOME FLAIR WITH EYELINER
Take your eye makeup look to the next level with the help of sparkly eyeliner. Line your lids with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold for a flirty touch, or if that’s too much for you, opt out of the sparkle, and use good old black eyeliner to create a wing.
STEP #7: AMP UP YOUR LASHES
Liven up your eyes with volumizing mascara. Swipe a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume onto your lashes for a curled and lifted finish. It also doesn’t hurt to apply a pair of falsies, but we’ll leave that up to you!
STEP #8: BRING ON THE FACE GEMS
The pastel goth makeup trend is not one to hold back on the dramatics, and face gems tie the look together perfectly. Apply three to four tear-shaped face gems in a vertical line just below your lower lash line for an extra pop.
STEP #9: COLOR YOUR POUT
The pastel goth aesthetic naturally calls for a standout pout. Make your lips do all of the talking with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in I Voodoo, adding a shimmering, dark purple touch to your lips.
STEP #10: SEAL THE DEAL
Your pastel goth makeup look is complete! To ensure it lasts throughout the day and night, spritz four to six sprays of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray over your face in “X” and “T” shapes. This face spray will give you a “just applied” makeup look that lasts.
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