Intro to Punk
Ask 10 different people to define punk and you’ll get 10 different answers. It’s a music genre, a mood, and most importantly, a look. Punk makeup is all about bold colors, big strokes and creativity. And it’s coming back in a big way. If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your anarchy, check out some of the best punk makeup looks we’ve ever seen.
Punk makeup starts with foundation. Choose a shade that’s two to three shades lighter than your skin tone. The paler your skin is the more the color will pop. Plus, it’s part of the aesthetic. Punk means you’re too busy rocking to get much time in the sun.
Bold color is Punk 101. Purple, hot pink and teal are great directions to go. But stay away from neutrals and primary colors. If it’s not loud, it’s not punk. If it looks like it belongs on a Bratz doll, it’s going to be great at Punk-ing up your face.
Give It Wings
When it comes to making your look punk, the eyes have it. The key to a great punk look is bold swoops or wings. As long as you keep that in mind, it’s impossible to go wrong. Play with liquid eyeliner, pencil or blush. Just remember to go bold or go home.
To Lip Or Not to Lip
The next step in your punk look is a bold lip. Match the color to your eye shadow or go rogue. There are no rules in punk makeup. You don’t even have to do a lip at all. A little gloss is sometimes all you need to set off a bold eye. It’s a great beginner trick for going big without getting overwhelmed.
Blush It Out
You rarely get the chance to get this bold with blush. Follow your cheekbone from near your ear to the end of the apple. Stick with one hue or layer the colors. If your cheekbones are your best feature, now’s the time to play them up. It will make you look fierce and slim down your face.
Punk is about freedom. Once you learn the rules, you can throw them out of the window. Play around before you settle on a look. Break some boundaries that will turn heads. It’s all about making a loud statement that’s hard to forget.
Shape It Up
Sometimes punk goes avant garde. Want to color outside of the lines? Take some inspiration from David Bowie. Create bold shapes on your face. It’s really punk if it overlaps your eyes.Draw with bright colors, bold outlines or even glitter. Take a few photos and you’ll be the talk of your Tumblr page.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be Soft
Punk make-up doesn’t have to be about hard lines. Wings are cool, but so is a shock of color. Instead of stopping near the corner of your eye, spread the color out. Everywhere from your eyebrow line to the apple of your cheek is fair game. Match your eye shadow to your lipstick for a modern look. Or go retro with a complimentary color on your lips.
Punk doesn’t always have to be about color. If you’re having a dark moment, go with a dark eye. Start with thick black eyeliner. Then apply a black or gray eye shadow. Now pencil in your eyebrows to give them drama. You’ll end up with an eye so smoky it can only be punk.