The gothic lifestyle is classified into 80's Goth and Victorian Goth style. But whatever type of gothic lifestyle you follow, the most basics of being Goth means that you listen to gothic music (there are sub types of Goth music but anyone of them should do), you dress the part (combat boots and torn shirts for both boys and gals, fishnets stockings for girls and band shirts for guys), you know about the Goth subculture and you have developed the gothic attitude (having deep thoughts, avoid shallowness, becoming more aware in things rather than be depressed about them - which is largely the difference between emo and Goth). You are already the true-blue, non poser Goth. All you need is the correct gothic makeup.
Makeup for Goths has usually been characterized as white, scary and mask-like. That is the danger that you have to avoid when trying to pull off the Goth makeup. Here are some easy to follow guidelines in putting on makeup for those with gothic lifestyle.
1. Start with a washed, toned and moisturized face. If you already have a pale and white face, you can leave it as it is and just use powder on top of the moisturizer to create a matte effect. If you have an ebony skin, also best to skip this part. For those with fair or light tan skin, then apply cream foundation (cream lasts longer but not advisable if the temperature is warm as you'll just end up “melting") using a triangular sponge, its color has to be slightly lighter than your skin tone. Make sure to cover up until your neck area, or up until where your shirt meets your neck. Dust it with loose powder for the matte look.
2. Use liquid eyeliner as this has longer staying power. If you are unsure on how to use this, ask a friend to apply it for you. Black eye pencils also work but they end up erased after a few hours. If you end up using pencils, smudge it with black shadow. Make sure you stay close to the lash line so you avoid raccoon eyes.
3. Face decoration is big in the Goth scene but you may choose to skip this part as well. Choose designs that are subtle if you are just a beginner and bolder choices for more experienced Goths. Remember that trends change so if you want you can go original in this step.
4. For lipsticks, you can go daring and use black or deep plums or for a more conservative route, rich chocolate or deep reds can also work. Use a lip brush for a more precise paint and use a lip liner so the color will not leak.
Gothic makeup may sometimes be confused with emo makeup but basically the attitude of the wearer (and the lipstick because emo use lighter colors for the mouth or none at all) is where the difference lies. If you understand and truly live the gothic subculture, then it is impossible for people to confuse you with emo.
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