During Pride Month, rainbows are everywhere, and while we’re 100% into everything the LGBTQIA+ flag represents, we wanted to make a look that honors those colors while still remaining true to our dark hearts. So we created a pastel goth look for all you creepy queers! Our version will combine a classic black smoky eye with a pastel toned rainbow (using all the shades from the Kat Von D Pastel Goth palette) and some intense unicorn highlights.
Step #1: Priming! You know the deal: to ensure that our shadows stay vibrant and stunning throughout the day we’ll start by applying our favorite primer all over the lid. I used Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance, as usual.
Step #2: Apply a layer of Kat Von D Beauty’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches and blend it with your fingers before it dries. This layer doesn’t have to be particularly precise but it will give us an idea for the placement of the rainbow crease. It will also help us build a long-lasting and intense black lid later on.
Step #3: It’s rainbow time. Apply the first color with a small eyeshadow brush and blend it into place using a fluffier one. Since we will be using all six shades in the palette I decided to have Star on the inner corner and move upwards with the cool toned shades first.
Step #4: Repeat the packing-blending action with the rest of the colors. To make sure that the transition of the colors is as seamless as possible you can dab the brush into both shades when building the color in between them before packing the next shade. The white shade in this palette comes in handy when blending towards the brow bone too. Just a touch of white on your brush will help you create a perfect faded shade of each color that will make the transition with your skin even easier.
Tip: spice things up by changing the order of the rainbow on the other eye!
Step #5: Now that we have the pastel rainbow all done, it’s time to go back and complete the smoky eye. Pack your favorite black eyeshadow; here I’m using Melt’s Dark Matter, with an eyeshadow brush all over the lid stopping at the crease. Apply some of this black on the lower lid too.
Step #6: To blend that black eyeshadow into the colors, we will use the grey shade from the Pastel Goth palette, called Dagger, with a small blending brush. Make small circular motions all across the crease until there isn’t a harsh line between the black and the rainbow. Repeat this on the bottom lid.
Step #7: Apply your favorite black eyeliner on both waterlines, making sure there aren’t any gaps between your lashes and the black eyeshadow. I used Urban Decay’s Perversion pencil liner.
Step #8: No look would be complete without highlighter, and since today is a special occasion we’re going full unicorn with this! To create a shiny rainbow across your brow bone and top of your cheeks, apply matching highlighters to each shade on the outer C of your eye, blending them with your eyeshadow. For example, the KVD Alchemist palette comes with the perfect shades to connect with the purple (Amethyst), the pink (Opal), the green (Emerald) and the blue (Saphyre). You can find the rest of the shades on the Solstice palette by Sleek, yellow (Subsolar) and orange (Equinox). Apply the corresponding highlight to the inner corner too!
Step #9: Give those lashes some love. A few coats of your preferred mascara; Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Waterproof is still my favorite, and a pair of beautiful and cruelty free lashes complete the look. These Magnolia Lashes by Aether are my new obsession! if you’re looking for some stunning and truly cruelty-free -NO MINK!- lashes I recommend that you check them out.
Step #10: Face and lips. Rituel de fille’s Eclipse hasn’t left my face since my previous tutorial! Perfect for a cool toned contour, easy to blend, and buildable. On my cheeks (and nose!), I love a pinkish tone. It makes me feel like a cartoon character! I’m wearing KVD’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get their Lolita Blush, or if you live outside the US like me, this is a great alternative. Their Studded Kiss Lipsticks are incredibly versatile and very easy to blend!
For the lips, I bring you two different options. Being such a colorful look, it matches with pretty much every lipstick shade! Here I paired it with my favorite black lip (KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches to outline the lips and Necromancy Cosmetica’s Morgue to fill them in) and with a glossy, pink, bitten-like pout, very much inspired by Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick and Korean makeup.
To create this effect, I started by applying some of NYX’s Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé in Pink Lace on the inner part of my lips and blended it by tapping it with my fingers, keeping the intensity of the color on the inside. I repeated the process with KVD’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV and later Exorcism. Finally, apply a layer of Sephora’s clear gloss and you’re done!
Let us know what you think of this look and be sure to tag me and Dear Darkling in your recreations. We hope you’re having a great Pride month full of love, celebration, and activism, and can’t wait to see all your colorful faces! Until next time, darklings.