Black clothes, black hair and black makeup are definitely clear signs of a goth. But goth has expanded to include iterations of the subculture like fantasy, fairy, and Victorian.
With all the ways to express an interest in the darker side of life, there shouldn’t be just one makeup either.
Depending on the type of goth vibe you like to express there’s definitely some cool makeup trends to inspire you. Look to a bleached brow to make a seemingly sweet palette more sinister or play up shades of soot like gray for a pastelized black. For more purists a classic bold lip in the the darkest burgundy can be a not so light escape from the expected noir.
And is there anything more vamp than blood red on the lips? Smudge up the eyes in bright color or blurred neutrals to rekindle 90’s morbid high fashion heroin chic look.
Check out some of the best goth inspired makeup trends that aren’t black.
Bright pink, red, purple and even summery orange are anything but happy when emblazoned across the lid in bad-ass, in your face proportions. The less subtle the less happy the vibe. You get color with a dark edge. Keep lips a blank slate with lipstick or gloss in sheer nudes or clear.
Get a little alien in shiny silvery metallics. Easily done in all one color eyeshadow but adding a bit of white for an ombre affect can also create depth. Bright glitter shadows can offset the black in a goth outfit or compliment the plaid in a rockabilly, vixen goth’s wardrobe just fine. Pro Tip: Try a deep navy lip for a dark lip with a twist.
Navy and royal blue shades on the eyes are a great alternative to black eyeshadow and eyeliner. Go all out and do the lids, lashes and liner for the eyes in various shades of blue to crate an indigo take on the smokey eye.
Bleached Out Brows
Take all the color out of your brows with a mild bleaching powder and look kind of angry/ alien all the time. Not to mention otherwise boring tones like brown will totally pop as they fade up into where your brows should be. Bonus, you can add color to bring them back to your natural color or some not so natural shades like pink.
New Dark Lip
Yes, black is always a go-to for goth. But deep burgundy looks downright blood stained when done in an ombre fading the darkest hue from the center of the lips to the edge or over an unlined lip. While a matte burgundy feels just as sullen as black when it’s as dark as it can get. The trick to make these colors moody is keep everything bare so the lips stand out.
Shades Of Gray & Mauve
You may not want to powder your face like an 18th century French lady or then again maybe you do if you’re a ghostly goth. Either way shades of purples and gray can go a long way to look sullen and moody.
Bare It All
Nothing says you don’t give a damn like a bare, well seemingly bare face. Take off all the color and play up neutral shades of brown, tan, nude maybe even a bronze or copper in eyeliners, eye shadows or bronzer. Be sure to pick colors that compliment your skin tone to give a subtle accent to the eye or cheekbones while still looking like you just woke up from a very long night.