The beauty world isn't abandoning dark colors this summer, either. Some people grumbled at Bite Beauty's collection of six lipsticks for Summer 2016, which included a dark brown, a navy blue, a gray-purple, and a blackened green. But I don't see many complaints about Anastasia's new Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette, an assortment of deep browns and berries, or Kat Von D's jewel-toned Serpentina palette, the ideal gift for the Slytherin in your life. Instagram is still dominated by brown lipstick; fashion is still drawing inspiration from the '70s. Even k-pop has joined the summergoth game—I love Hyelim's vampy makeup in the new Wonder Girls MV (totally worth a watch). Modern nostalgia for '70s nostalgia for the '20s—is there anything better, makeup-wise?
Technically speaking, "goth" might be the wrong word for the aesthetic I'm pursuing right now (plus, I hear that bona fide goths don't take kindly to casual appropriation of the word), but "Jazz Age Hollywood meets k-pop's dream of the '70s meets '90s teen witch" takes so much longer to type.
Really, this FOTD was born of my desire to wear MAC Antique Velvet before September. I found myself missing it while I was in England (yes, I miss specific lipsticks when I travel), and once I returned, it seemed silly to ignore it for the sake of a seasonal propriety that no one else gave a shit about. I mean, I paid $17 for this lipstick; I have the right to wear it whenever I please. So here's the face I put together two days ago. That dark background makes me look a bit—but only a bit—paler than I really am.
And here are the products I used, clockwise from top: MAC Antique Velvet, ColourPop Lunch Money highlighter (still haven't hit pan despite using it several times a week for the past few months), Illamasqua Zygomatic cream blush, the dark brown sparkly shade from my theBalm custom palette, Seventeen Statuesque eyeshadow.
A better look at Lunch Money (and my new moonstone earrings from an outdoor market in Oxford):
I felt trapped in a makeup rut before I left for the UK, but traveling forced me out of my usual routine, and now I'm creating looks that I'm actually happy with. I suppose this particular look is a disheveled version of Instagram trends (come to think of it, almost everything I do, makeup or not, is a disheveled version of something else). I've got the dark matte lip and the highlighter, but my eyes are less defined, my brows are messier, and I'm not glowing like a cyborg wrapped in Christmas lights, not that there's anything wrong with that. In retrospect, I could have made my eyes a bit smokier: the dark brown eyeshadow is smudged along my upper lashline, but it doesn't show up well in photos. Still, I like the casual feel of this version; I also like how well the dark lip goes with my very '90s-influenced new sundress. I want to unearth my tattoo choker from 2000, though if you're old enough to have worn it the first time around...
|But I was 12!|
Have you accepted the #summergoth aesthetic into your heart?