Emo Makeup Tutorial And Tips

These simple makeup tips will help bring out the creative and inner punk rock diva in you.

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Emo makeup is a throwback beauty trend, and it is one of the most searched trends even today. Many people, especially youngsters, love the emo makeup look. But, are you wondering what Emo is? It is a form of punk rock music, also popularly known as emotional hardcore or emocore.

Emo makeup requires you to master a few signature makeup techniques, such as a cat emo eyeliner look with smokey eyes. This makeup look is specially meant for those who want to experiment and try something unusual with their makeup look. If you are looking forward to trying this out, keep reading to find a detailed guide to creating this look. Scroll down!

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  • Attire: Attire Emo makeup compliments edgy outfits. Black skinny jeans, a graphic band tee, and a leather jacket or black midi dress, studded belt, and chunky boots are all great options.
  • Accessories: Attire Emo style is often characterized by unique and unconventional accessories, such as studded belts, spiked bracelets, and chokers.
  • Layer On Eyeliners: Attire Layering different shades of eyeliner, such as black and gray, can create a more dynamic and textured look. Use a lighter shade to create a base, then apply a darker shade for depth and dimension.
  • Accessorize With Piercings: Attire Emo makeup often goes hand-in-hand with alternative fashion, so consider accessorizing with piercings to add to the overall aesthetic.

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Emo Hairstyles:

Regardless of what hairstyle you choose, it has to be in unison with the Emo makeup. You can pair it with short to medium bob haircuts or sleek straight medium-length hair. Sometimes it can be made totally dark for people having brown or blonde hair or can be jazzed up with funky colors like pink, dark green or even reds. Or you can opt for an alternative, like asymmetrical front bangs are common; you can either go for the short or long bangs covering one eye or both in some cases. Remember, Emo is all about experimenting.

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If straight hair is not your thing, you can try crimping your hair as it also goes well with the Emo look.

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Side-Swept Bangs

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A staple among most goth-ish hairdos, this emo-style side-swept bangs look provides a natural frame for your facial features. The blunt edges of the bangs draw attention to your eyes and help cover a large forehead. Pair the bangs with a short, layered bob to go for the classic rebellious emo look. This hairstyle adds a mysterious and captivating touch to your personality that is bound to turn heads.

Choppy Layers

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Choppy, shaggy layers characterize an emo hairstyle. This hairstyle incorporates different lengths of layers to achieve a messy and bouncy appearance. The sea green highlights paired with the dark black hair add to the goth chick vibes. The messy parting adds a bit of symmetry to your facial features. Instead of choosing sea green, you can pick a vibrant shade that makes your eye color pop.

Emo Makeup Tips For Girls

Emo Makeup: Base

As always, start makeup on fresh and clean skin. Wash your face well, pat it dry and apply a good primer, as this will hold your foundation base properly. Apply a concealer, preferably in stick form, so as to hide all spots and blemishes. Next, apply your foundation and blend well.

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Emo Makeup: Blush

This is a gothic pale look, so keep blush only slightly more pinkish than your skin tone. Do not go for bronzers or dark peachy blushes. Apply on cheekbones in circular fashion while avoiding the contours or cheek hollows.

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Emo Eye Makeup Tips:

Eyes are very important in this form of makeup. If you go wrong with eyes, then your whole look is destroyed. Since you have already primed you eyes and blended the foundation on them, it’s time for some shadow.

  • Apply a matte finish slate eye shadow on the lids, add a little touch of black shadow at the outer 1/3 edge corner of the lids for a smokey and intense eye look.
  • Next, take a liner pencil and apply it on the lash line. Extend a little bit on to edges on both sides, inner and outer corner to form a 2 way jacketed wing.

Using a sponge applicator, smudge the black lining of the top lashes for the Gothic look. Apply a liquid liner over the lash lining for a smoother look with the previously created smudge effect of pencil liner and end it with a dark lining on the lower lash line either with your pencil liner or liquid liner.

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Contour your eyes and define the crease by applying the deepest charcoal shade to your crease and blending the color.

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Emo Lip Makeup:

This is a hard punk makeup look where lips need to be natural without much bold dark lipstick. Line your lips slightly with a pale liner preferably pinkish or light mauve and go for a nude or light pink gloss. For deeper skin tones you can use a rose or neutral pink liner then add a light pink or pale nude gloss.

Eve, a YouTuber, explores a gothic/emo makeup look inspired by TikTok trends. For her lips, she used contour on her lip line, demonstrating, “This seems to be a thing, like this blurry lip line…. I’m just kind of freestyling the lips right now.” She then takes a neutral lip liner to blend in with the contour and applies a dark matte lip and cheek color on the interior of the lips, blending it toward the lip-line. About the entire look she says, “I think this is a pretty universal look… and it does look quite good in direct light. I think this was a success (i)”

If you want to get even more expressive, you can pair your makeup with dramatic black nail polish for an edgy and unique look. This is a funky look and goes well with hooded sweatshirts in winters. Hope you found these emo makeup tips quite helpful!

Infographic: Top 5 Makeup Tips To Ace The Emo Look

The emo look is the epitome of grunge and edginess. Whether you are a fan of grunge music or want to dress up as your favorite emo character or band member, you can easily create the look on your own! All you need to do is follow a few simple tips, and you can nail the edgy punk look that will take you back to the grunge era. In the infographic below, we have listed the top 5 tips to ace the emo look. Scroll down and check it out!

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Emo makeup is one of the most popular beauty trends making a comeback. Traditionally characterized by pale skin, black makeup, and colored hair, today there are several creative variations on emo makeup looks that are reflective of an individual’s personality. Make sure you clean and moisturize your face before applying makeup. Use a liner pencil and sponge applicator to create a smudged effect. Apply liquid liner over the smudged makeup and the lower lash line for a smooth finish. Lastly, line your lips with a lighter shade to complete your emo look!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the typical colors used in emo makeup?

Black, white, and silver are the typical colors used in emo makeup.

How do you maintain emo makeup throughout the day?

Apply a good quality primer on your face, including the eyelids before applying the makeup to maintain emo makeup throughout the day.

Can emo makeup be worn by people of all skin tones?

Ye, emo makeup can be worn by people of all skin tones. People with dark skin tones can use dark greens, midnight blues, and burgundy shades instead of the traditional black and grey palettes.

Key Takeaways

    • A straight, sleek bob haircut is more likely to suit the Emo look.
    • For the perfect gothic look, do not overdo the blush. Keep it a little pinker than your natural skin tone.
    • Focus more on the eye makeup and keep the lips nude, or apply a little pink gloss.
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Get ready to witness the incredible transformation of this emo TikTok makeup! From dark and brooding to stunning and fierce, prepare to be blown away by their incredible artistry.

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