Monday, 17 September 2012

Makeup Monday: Goth Glam Beauty

Makeup has had a serious injection of gothic over the past year due to what I choose to call the "Rooney Mara Effect". (Have I mentioned previously that she is a major girl crush of mine? Well, she totally is.) Since her transformation from blonde American Sweetheart into the punkish computer-hacker-heroine Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, fashion houses have latched onto Rooney's gorgeous take on goth-glam like stylish little ticks. Just take a look at Gucci's A/W runway or Givenchy's Haute Couture collection and you'll see her style influence at work.

No longer the sole domain of Emos and well, Goths, adding some darker shades into your makeup bag doesn't have to be scary. Or have people mistaking you for a morbid black-lace-and-patent-Dr Marten's-wearing goth chick circa 1995. (Unless you actually want to look that way. No judgement here!)

So how does one try the goth-glam look without looking like a brooding teenager? Think sophisticated deep reds, cherry, plum and aubergine shades in both matte and shimmery finishes. Make it more adult- friendly by focusing on only one feature at a time: a smoky eye, a deep lip or a vampy nail polish colour will save you from going overboard. Here are my top product picks for getting goth-glam:

1. MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Hang Up ($36) is the perfect black cherry hue for budding goth-glam gals. Pair it with a neutral eye for a sophisticated evening look that'll set you apart from the rest.

2. Every girl needs a couple of vampish nail polishes in her collection and Priti NYC Nail Polishes in Cherry Ripe and Bowles Black ($16.95) fit the bill perfectly. One is a classic deep wine shade that looks good on everyone and matches every outfit (true!) The other is a playful spin on gothic black with its dusting of pretty silver shimmer. Plus they're both completely non-toxic! And available in our online shop! *blushes over shameless shop plug*.

3. Benefit BADgal Eyeliner ($39) is the ultimate black liner for glamorous goth chicks (and it has an awesome name too, don't you think? Like it's the kind of thing you'd want to be wearing when you're getting up to something naughty.) This classic pencil has achieved cult status due to its blacker-than-black intense colour and superior ability to be smudged into smoky eye perfection.

4. Lancome L'Absolu Creme de Mat Lipgloss in Cashmere ($49) is a new matte lipgloss/lipstick hybrid with serious staying power. This deep pink/red is a great midway colour for those who don't want to go too dark with their lippie but still want to try out the trend.

5. Using a product like Stila Smudge Crayons in Dazzle and Umber ($32) is a super easy way to give yourself a bit of smoky eye action without having to fuss around with lots of eyeshadows as these babies can be used as both a creamy eyeshadow and an eyeliner. Pretty smart huh?

6. Bobbi Brown's Smoky Eye Collection ($160) is the classiest collection around to help you achieve a modern smoky eye without wandering into Pandaland (and yes, I did just make that word up.) With five matte and shimmery grey eyeshadows you can experiment to your heart's content and find the smoky eye look which suits you best. It also comes with a pot of the fabulous Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black plus some Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara to finish everything off. A drool-worthy addition to any makeup collection.

Seriously loving the Rooney Mara/Lisbeth Salander look? Want to amp things up a bit? Then why not add a few accessories to the mix? Tattoos and body piercings optional. (Although they are fun! Go on, you know you want to...)

1. This McQ by Alexander McQueen Leather Razor Wrap Bracelet ($83) is stylish yet edgy. Perfect for when you want to go punk-lite (another newly made-up word of mine.)

2. Maria Francesca Pepe Stud Ring ($84) and Ear Cuff ($60). I can vouch for the ear cuff being fabulous because I own one! Pepe truly is the queen of tough-yet-glam accessories. Rihanna is a big fan, and if she likes something its gotta be good, right?

3. This Noir Jewellery for L.A.M.B. gold plated spike necklace ($162) is goth at its most gorgeous with its crystal detailing.

4. River Island Wolf Front and Back Earrings ($10) are tough and cute at the same time. Everyone wins!

5. These House of Harlow 1960 Triple Skull Studs ($54) will add a touch of (fashionable) morbidness to your look.

6. Carry this Koku Clutch ($254) to toughen up a casual outfit. Also perfect for those night's out too- it goes with practically everything.

7. This ASOS Triple Spike Bracelet is truly a punk style bargain at only $10.

Are you loving Rooney Mara's look at the moment? Or are you crushing on someone else's style? Would you try rocking the goth-glam look or do you prefer to keep things a bit more natural?

Have a beautiful week!



  1. Goth glam? I'd do it! The first lip colour is to die for!

  2. You have just made me go down memory lane... big time! This use to be my look many, many moons ago when I was a little glam goth! Sigh... those were the days!!! Too much fun :)

    I totally agree Rooney Mara looked so cool in that film!


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