Mum, if you are reading this, don’t freak out! I am not turning into a fully-fledged Goth – just channelling gothic inspired looks like some of our favourite European designers did for the Fall shows last month. And there were certainly a quite few who took their cues from multiple Gothic references! But first, time for a little history/social studies lesson about all things Gothic... (I’ll be brief, I promise!)
The term Goth originally referred to a group of East Germanic people who were thought to play an important role in the emergence of Medieval Europe. However, when we think ‘Gothic’, we usually conjure up one of two kinds of Gothic imagery.
One is the idealised style of the late 18th and 19th centuries within Romanticism (influencing the Gothic Revival period of architecture across Europe in particular) The other is spawned by Gothic fiction, which explores the dark condition of human nature and has manifested in plenty of modern horror books, films and TV shows - as well as the gothic subculture of the late 80’s and 90’s, which was personified in dark music and fashions - remember the rise of Marylin Manson? But don't worry, we won't be giving tips on emulating his look anytime soon!
The Fall shows combined these two Gothic references to showcase a dark, yet ornate beauty - very un-Marylin-esq! Instead, the runways were awash with deep and dark colours, heavy metallic embellishments, ominous prints with a romantic twist, and leather accents - perfect for the cooler months ahead!
Designs from Sergio Grinko, Ferre, Gucci, Frankie Morello, Hakaan and Nina Ricci
The matching beauty looks were equally as dark, but definitely didn't scream horror and despair! Rather, beauty also referenced a dark romantic vibe; one that is actaully quite simple to recreate. Below are our top picks for referencing the Gothic trend without looking too freaky!
An easy foray into the Gothic trend is painting your nails a shadowy shade. Deep greys, darkest blues, and midnight-toned hues are the perfect choices. Ozotic make a brilliant black #004, whilst the newest Ulta3 range of metallic polishes also fits into this trend fantastically - and our lucky members each received one of the shades in the latest April bellabox! My personal favorite, 'Enchanted', a moody carbon with a shiney metallic finish, reminiscent of the liquid silks at some of the shows pictured above, could not be more perfect for pairing with edgy accessories of the season. For those a little shy of the shadowy shades, keep nails short and filed into a ‘squoval’ shape (somewhere between a square and an oval) so as not to look too witchy! Finish nails with a glossy top-coat to keep your tips more polished and classy than predator and creepy!
Deep Red Lips
And here you thought the Gothic look was all about black! The latest incarnation of the Goth trend sees lips coated in deep reds and maroons, punctuating the darkness of the favoured black eye colours. These reds also give a slightly classical element to the look and can help bring some vibrancy to your makeup palette! We can’t get enough of the new Mememe range of gift boxes to hit our online store, and the Rouge Bestseller Bundle is a cute kit to help complete this look. The lip colour is just the right red, and the dark nail colour is also perfect! Just don't discount the lovely cheek colour enclosed when going for a Gothic inspired look; a small sweep of blush will help you feel less zombie-like!
Keeping with the dark theme, a Gothic inspired look is nothing without a signature smokey eye. This is where your Gothic inclinations can determine your dedication to the trend! Trying a subtle smokey eye is a great way in, without feeling too out of depth. It is a look rocked by the Kardashian sister’s (on what feels like the cover of every magazine out there at the moment!) – so not at all subculture! For this look, try keeping your liner and shadow only above your eye, focusing on your eyelid, right above your lashes and blend well.
The more daring you feel, the more you can play with creating a darker eye, like the one pictured above. The easiest way to create a great, dramatic smokey eye is to get your hands on a ‘smudgable’ eyeliner and trace it around your entire waterline as well as just above and below your top and bottom eyelashes. Then get smudging! Just be careful not to ‘drag’ along your delicate skin around the eye. Enhance with charcoal coloured shadows, blending multiple shades outwards for a non-panda-like look. You can’t go wrong if you keep the darkest shades closest to your eyelashes and get softer, and softer, the further away you go, blending the whole time!
Due to the very close proximity of your liner to your actual eye, pick one that is kind to peepers. The Eye of Horus Smokey Eye Pencil is 100% waterproof and a top choice for those with sensitive eyes. After all, it kind of ruins all your hard makeup artistry if your eyes become bloodshot as a result!
Milky soft complexion
It is important to keep your base flawless with the rest of the dramatic makeup this trend entails, and by making your base look milky soft and clear, your eyes will really pop! Before you even step near any makeup, get your hands on a great brightening product. We love Comvita's range, particularly their Brightening Facial Serum. Full of olive extract, it has a huge five times the antioxidantactivity of Vitamin C! Now that is powerful!
To achieve a flawless base, a great, moisturising concealer is a must! One with a thick and creamy consistency won’t dry up and crease on your skin and will cover any dark circles you haven’t intentionally put under your eyes! Try Savior Faire Concealer and Finishing Powder - the fantastic powder actsas a great setting formula on top of your base for longer lasting wear!
Lastly, I couldn’t help mentioning one of our personal favorites here at bbHQ- the Jesus Del Pozo Halloween Kiss Sexy fragrance. Whilst our tips for getting the fashion-forward Gothic look will leave you looking more chic than scary, this fragrance smells so good you may get a fright; you'll think that the whole world has turned vampire when all your friends start scrambling to get a smell of your neck! Spritz on here, as well as in the creases of your arms (near your elbows) and behind knees for a long lasting smell. Devilishly delish!
And there you have it bellas! What do you think of the Gothic influenced trend for this season? Remember you don't have to try each element of the look at once! Pick your favorites and have fun recreating! Let us know how you go! - Lauren