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Alternative Makeup Is The Edgy Trend You Need To Try This Fall

September 21, 2020

If you’re a fan of trends like goth makeup and eGirl makeup, you’ll be happy to hear that alternative (alt) makeup is a thing. Alternative makeup is the latest makeup trend to hit the scene, and it’s all about embracing an edgy, rocker aesthetic. Basically, it’s perfect for anyone looking to convey a bit of attitude with their makeup style. To help you join in on the moody movement, we’ve compiled four alternative makeup looks for you to try. Read on for step-by-step tutorials.

Look #1: Everything Burgundy

When it comes to alt makeup, burgundy is essentially the new black. Use this deep red shade in place of typical black staples, like smokey eyeshadow and even mascara. Here’s what to do.

Step 1. Prime Your Eyes

To begin, smooth on an eye primer to prep your lids for the rest of your eye makeup.

Step 2. Use a Matte Nude On Your Lids

This look is all about the lower lash line. Rather than applying a colorful hue to your lids, keep it simple with a matte nude shade. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte It Up.

Step 3. Bring On The Burgundy

Next, reach for a matte burgundy eyeshadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Acro-Matte. Apply the color using a small eyeshadow brush to your lower lash line, extending the shade past your outer corner to create a sharp, dramatic wing. Take a blending brush, and buff the color downwards to blur any harsh lines. This creates a smokey look.

Step 4. Line Your Eyes

A traditional black eyeliner shade creates the perfect contrast against a burgundy-centric eye. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black to line your upper and lower waterline.

Step 5. Layer On Mascara

To finish your eyes, swipe on a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Bold Eye Mascara in Deep Burgundy for an added dose of this haute color.

Step 6. Color Your Pout

Take your burgundy look up a notch by complementing your burgundy eyes with burgundy lips. Use the L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in Prepared to color your pout.

Look #2: Purple Eyes

Purple is another popular hue in the alt makeup world. Specifically, purple eye makeup is having a resurgence.

Step 1. Prime Your Eyes

You know the drill: smooth on an eye primer to start your makeup look.

Step 2. Apply Purple Eyeshadow

To create your purple eyeshadow look, start by coloring your lids with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Burst Into Bloom. Then, deepen the look by using a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply Perpetual Purple on the crease. Blend the two shades for a seamless, smokey appearance.

Step 3. Line Your Eyes

Amplify your makeup look by applying white eyeliner to your waterline. This helps to create the illusion of larger eyes. Then, line your upper lash line with black liquid eyeliner, such as the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Black.

Step 4. Coat Your Lashes

Finish your purple alt eye makeup by layering on a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable.

Look #3: Make It Black

Burgundy may be the new black in terms of alt makeup, but black still holds a leading spot in this makeup trend. If you’re ready to embrace your inner goth fully, go bold with black lids and black lips.

Step 1. Apply Eye Primer

Use your index finger to pat an eye primer onto your lids.

Step 2. Pack On Black Eyeshadow

Reach for a matte, black eyeshadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Noir Cest Noir, and pack on the color with a flat eyeshadow brush. Then, blend the color into your crease using a fluffy blending brush to create a smokey look.

Step 3. Line Your Lower Lash Line

To make things even smokier, line your lower lash line with the same black eyeshadow. Then, use your index finger to gently smudge the line for a softer appearance.

Step 4. Coat Your Lashes

Grab the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume, and swipe on a few coats of mascara (in black, of course) to bring your lashes to life.

Step 5. Color Your Lips

Complete your black alt makeup look by coloring your pout with black lipstick. If you’re nervous about wearing such a bold shade, check out our article: Can You Pull Off Black Lipstick? Yes!

Look #4: Heart Accents

This alt makeup look may remind you of the eGirl makeup trend, but the heart accent crosses over between both aesthetics. Even better, it only takes a few seconds to create. Use black liquid eyeliner, like our L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, to draw a tiny heart underneath the center of each eye as a finishing touch to any makeup look. Easy!

Next up: If you want to stick to edgy makeup looks, here’s How To Get a Rocker Makeup Look.

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