Festive Look Book: Gothic Inspired Makeup Looks, and some shedding of Fears…

Hi lovely readers,

Hope you’re still reeling in the festive fever. I think I’m too, because just as much I have nothing to do with Halloween, I just had to snatch the opportunity to do this post. I prefer going easy on makeup most times, but in today’s post I have looks that we all should try, at least once in a while! It took me quite some courage to step out of my comfort zone, and create some dark looks with a dose of Gothic. But again, a few of them are subtler versions that you can categorize under fall makeup as well. For a look or two, I put my creative hat on and let Pinterest inspire me. 🙂

I won’t be elaborating a lot on the base, as there’s a lot to talk about the color cosmetics. The base makeup has the Colorbar Perfect Match PrimerL’Oreal True Match ConcealerMaybelline Fit Me foundation and The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion foundation. Also for all the looks I kept my brows really stark and used the darkest shade from the MUA Brow Kit. It is a dark brown that works pretty well for me.

Look 1 : The Red and Orange Harlequin –

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What I used :

  1. MAC Colour Rocker lipstick in Carmine Rouge
  2. Colorbar Definer Lip Liner Just Coral
  3. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Deep Black
  4. Maybelline Hyper Curl Volum’ Express Mascara

This actually is the easiest look to try if you can carry it off. I’m not used to a combination of bold eyes and bold lips, so skipped the blush and contour entirely for most looks in this post today. First I created the border for my eyes, sketching a line from the mid of the crease till outside, finishing just beneath my brows. The texture of the Colorbar Definer is extremely smooth and the color-payoff is excellent, which actually made my job easier. Thereafter I used MAC Carmine Rouge all over the lids, and filled in the outer corner with Colorbar Just Coral. Took a blending brush and blended it over the crease to avoid sharp edges.

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The red-orange harlequin look…

Although this eye look is easy-peasy to create, I would hugely suggest you to use a red eyeshadow atop the lippie because if it’s not really matte, the color will start settling into creases. This is particularly a problem with oily eyelids. For the lips, I filled the outer border with the orange lip definer and filled in the inner pout with Carmine Rouge. Again used a blending brush to diffuse both colors into one another. I also lined the waterline of my eyes with the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal, that helped define the eyes better. Finished off with the mascara which further enhanced the definition.

Look 2: The Traditional Red-Black.. please keep steady my lovelies…

What I used :

  1. MAC Colour Rocker lipstick in Carmine Rouge
  2. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Deep Black
  3. Maybelline Hyper Curl Volum’ Express Mascara

I have used the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal since ages now, and still swear by it. The creamy, velvetty texture, the ease to smudge, the longevity and staying power – all these make this beauty a staple for me. Now this look once again is very easy to create, but you’re going to need a lot of dare to pull it off. 😀 The process is very similar with the steps followed in Look 1. Just that you need a lot of blending to make this work. But then, if you’re doing Halloween, there’s no convention. So follow your heart, and don’t skip the mascara! You can use even a colored mascara for this, but I used a black one. 🙂

This is the final look :

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Now this is strong… a suiting dress and you can topple almost anyone off their feet… took me a bundle of courage to create this…

Look 3 : Plum Brown Smokey Eyes –

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Goth enough? Please ignore the hair flyaway though… 😀

What I used :

  1. Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Color – Coffee Lite
  2. Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette
  3. MAC Work It Out In Extreme Dimension Mascara – Heart Rate’s Rising
  4. L.A. Girl Blush Palette in Glam
  5. Lakme Eyeconic Kajal in Deep Black

I have paired this eye makeup with three different lip shades. First off, I applied the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal on my upper lashline, and smoked it out with a smudging brush. Thereafter, applied Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Color – Coffee Lite on the eyelids. I just gently patted on the mousse all over the lids, and once again the texture of this product is extremely convenient for doing the eyes. To further intensify the brown, I used a brown eyeshadow from the Revealed 2 palette on the lids, the lower lashline and the crease. I love the plum from this palette, it’s gorgeous and has a smooth texture, with minimum fallouts. Then I topped off all with a plum eyeshadow, also from the same palette, to create a halo effect over the brown. To define the eyes, I tightlined my eyes with Lakme Eyeconic Kajal.

Finally to add to the gothic spirit, I applied Heart Rate’s Rising in two coats on the top and bottom lashes. This is a gorgeous, stunning red mascara that looks beautiful with all the volume, definition and color that it gives to the lashes. I’m not sure if it shows really well in the pictures, but it’s an opulence that will not be missed. Now I also added a peachy pink blush from the L.A. Girl Blush Palette in Glam. You can use any other coral or peachy-pink blush with this, or may even use Coffee Lite. 🙂 For a subtler version (I told you I do a subtle for almost every intense look :P), I used Coffee Lite on the lips as well.

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Wearing Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Color in Coffee Lite on the lips
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And for a second look, used Lakme 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip and Cheek Color – Burgundy Lush on the lips. I didn’t realize what a stunner it would be for this look. Loved it! Finally, I used MAC Colour Rocker lipstick in Carmine Rouge with the plum smokey eyes. Red adds such a bewitching spark to the look. I love it. 🙂 I also added some highlighter from the L.A. Girl Palette on the high points of my face. You can use any highlighter whatsoever.

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That’s some blotted out Burgundy Lush on the lips
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And that’s Burgundy Lush on in full throttle…love the effect…
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MAC Carmine Rouge for those Halloween ready red lips…
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Brown-Plum intense smokey eyes with red lips… Can you catch Heart Rate’s Rising on the lashes?

Look 4 : Ahem… a drawn-on Masquerade… a never-trodden-upon territory…

No tutorial, just the look. Don on your creative hats, and in case you want to know the products used, hop on to my insta page (@ambersityblog). I wasn’t perfect, but hey at least I have put the creative bugs in my head to rest. 😀 This did take a lot of courage on my part to do it, and I’m glad I tried my hands at this finally.

drawn-on masquerade mask
drawn-on masquerade mask
Heart Rate’s Rising still on the lashes…

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed creating the looks. Let me know which is your kind of gothic look? Drop me comments below and talk to me. You know I love ’em comments!


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