Sunday, May 22nd is World Goth Day. It’s a wonderful day dedicated to being as goth as you want to be. When people think about goth’s they typically envision caucasian people. However, there are many of us who are not white. I am mixed race and I have known many goths of various ethnicities. Why does this matter? It matters because diversity matters. Within the goth scene there is great diversity in fashion and music tastes and it should be noted that there is diversity in racial backgrounds as well.
BUT! This post isn’t going to be a rant about people not acknowledging diversity. I like to keep things light hearted around here and that’s a bit too heavy for me. Personally I have felt that the goth community has accepted me better than most other groups I have encountered regardless of race . This post is about how to embrace goth fashion and a darker skin tone at the same time. This is about make-up!
When I see videos of people playing with goth make-up the first thing they do is paint the persons face white to make them super pale. If you already have fair skin this look can work for you. If you have darker skin this technique con make you look crazy. Just love the skin you’re in! Be proud of your natural skin tone. This goes for all people! Take a trip to Sephora or any other retailer where they have artists on staff who can help you find the right product for your skin and match your shade.
Pro Tip: Wait to apply your face makeup until after your have completed your eyes. Eye shadow can fall onto your cheek bones and ruin your look. This way you can wipe off any excess on your cheeks or any mistakes without ruining the rest of your hard work.
When it comes to spooky eyes the smoky technique is one of the best all purpose looks. You can mix and match any colors you want using the same steps. My advise is to work with your skin tone (and eye color) for the best effect. I love sparkly metallic silver eye shadow, but my skin tone is too warm for it to look nice. I tried for years to make it work and it just doesn’t. I can use matte dark grey at best, but typically I go with purples or greens. Colors the look good with my green eyes and can be found in warmer tones so they work with my skin.
Of course black eye liner works on basically everyone. Have fun with wings or other designs as you see fit. You can always wash it off and start over if you don’t like the look. And don’t forget a good mascara.
A note on mascara for everyone, spider eyes are not a good look. Maybe you don’t agree, but your look is much better if you don’t let it clump on your lashes. One way to prevent this is not to pump your mascara wand. If you need more product on the brush swirl the wand instead. Pumping adds air into the tube and will dry out you mascara preventing it from applying neatly. You can also you an eyelash comb after application to help separate your lashes. This handy tool comes with an eyebrow brush on the other side.
If you have gone big and dramatic with the eyes you need to add balance with your lips. Black lipstick has come a long way since I first tried it in high school (I won’t tell you the year, but it wasn’t yesterday). It can work well on many people. However I think the contrast can often make teeth appear very yellow. If you never smile or open your mouth this isn’t an issue. But if you plan on speaking to anyone or having fun during your day you may be doing your smile a disservice. My favorite look is blood red. Kat Von D has the best shades of red I have found. I have also been known to use my black eyeliner as a lip liner and then blend it into the red for a slight ombre effect.
Nail art knows no limits when it comes to ethnicity. Anyone can wear any style they want. I have been an Essie girl for years. The selection of colors is vast and always growing. OPI is my back up if I’m looking for a specific color that I can’t find with Essie. Get as creative as you want with designs or colors. When it comes to shape or length, go with the most naturally attractive for your hands and fingers. Make sure you go with something functional in your everyday life. If you type a lot having super long stiletto pointed nails may not be the best….if you are know how to type 100 words a minute with the tips of your nails then rock them as long and pointy as you want.
Ethnic hair can be incredibly fun. Not everyone needs to look like Morticia. If your hair is thick or curly you can be just as edgy and spooky as anyone else. It’s all about embracing who you are and your natural assets. Of course if you want to make chemical changes to your hair their’s nothing wrong with that either. It took me years to stop straitening my hair and embrace my curls. I stopped because it was ruining my hair and was too much maintenance. I do color my hair because I think its fun.
To boil everything down, be yourself and work with the natural shapes, colors and textures of the body you have. Let your imagination run wild and have fun. And always remember, you don’t have to fit into anyone else definition or label, be you.