17 June 2010

Gothic make-up tips for the summer (olive skin)

Here is the kind of post that my followers love to bits: fashion tips! Everytime I do one, it seems like half of the internet stops by to check it out. The visits go through the roof!

One of the main problems of Gothic fashion is that is a winter fashion. For british goths/goth enthusiasts or people who live in Britain, this is not a big problem; as summer doesn't exist here. However, for the rest of the world, specially in the Mediterranean, this becomes a huge huge problem. So, after so many requests, I am starting my new fashion tips series: Gothic fashion for the summer. This post will cover some make-up tips for olive skin, as this is the tricky one, and no-one seems to have bothered with the subject.

During summer, I don't know if this is your case, I cannot wear full make-up because the sweat will sweep it away. Therefore, the old school trick of applying talc or white powder to make you look paler doesn't work anymore. It is time to confront the golden sun-tan your skin is achieving and embrace it. This means, either leave it plain, naked; or use a blush to accentuate it (pastel or deep 80s style strawberry shades)

I am pretty sure, you must be wondering how you can still achieve that "dark" look, then? You can still dramatise your eyes with deep eyeshadows and/or deep make-up. It is not going to look as edgy as it would on a fair skin person. It would look slightly more harmonious as your skin is alread
y dark and any light shades you apply to it, it would absorbe them.

These are the options I can think of:

(deep make-up on the eyes, and that's it - no dark lips, no shade on cheeks). It doesn't have to be always black or grey. You can still achieve amazing dark results with other deep colours such as gold, turquoise or deep blues (I'll do a post about).

However, with the black or grey colours, you can achieve the exact density of pigment you want on your eyes.
You can make it soft so the eyeliner stands more or for a daily look (see picture1) or you can make it properly pitch black (see picture3), however this one is extremely difficult to apply because is incredibly messy. So while I am writing this post I am arranging the next one, which will be about its -several- methods of applying.

e your skin is of an olive shade (due to sun tan or genetically), you can get away with a full make-up look, during the sunny day.
I have broken down this idea in two further option
s you could go for:
red lips - for a classier look but still lo
oking very vamp (picture2),
dark lips - for an edgier and alternative
look. These can be black or any other extremely deep shade of red and purple such as aubergine (picture3).

As you can see, both full make-up looks work well with either soft blush or deeper strawberry shade.


Merula von Mondlicht said...

This is an interesting article, thank you for addressing the issue, as I often find my own skin getting a bit tawny in the summer.

I find that olive skin can range in different tones -- some people have pink or red undertones to their olive skin while others have more of a yellow tint; then again, there are some who have a combination of these undertones. The shades of olive can vary all the way from a very light pale yellow olive tone (said to be the characteristic of Greek women, an almost phosphorescent olive tone) to a darker tone like Jessica Alba or something.

There is also another way to lighten or brighten olive skin, specifically by using lime or lemon juice masks every night before going to bed. In the summer I use a lime mask. It's not recommended for dry skin though. Vitamin C serums also work well.

TheBlackWardrobe said...

Oh! I didn't know that! Thanks very much for sharing, Merula.

Miss Bobo said...

Yes!!! Thank you for posting this. I never really know how to establish that dark look without looking ridunkulous. I am sure to be up to date with your blog for more fashion tips.


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