If you’re stuck for great makeup ideas that embody everything there is to embody about grunge, don’t stress, because it’s really quite easy once you get the hand of it.
Many people want to adopt the grunge look, but don’t quite know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a bundle of sourced images that will hopefully inspire you to let the inner grunge cultivate and blossom.
Take note that grunge is about making things your own, drawing and incorporating, and molding things to your tastes or requirements. Don’t take this as a rule book on how to become grunge, but more as a reverence guide to understand what the look is about.
Makeup is a tool to both bring life to your fashion looks, and to build upon things that your fashion choices have already established.
They can both add to a look, and create a look entirely out of its own merit, which is what makes makeup such a fun and exciting thing to talk about!
Now lets take a look at these awesome looks. Shall we?
The basics of grunge makeup, from winged eye liner, to smokey eye shadows, and easy lipstick ideas
First and foremost, we need to get the basics covered.
There are a few, I would say, fundamentals to grunge makeup that should be considered, although nothing is a must every single time — grunge doesn’t really have any commandments like that.
But just for reference, here are some of the basic yet stylish and aesthetic looks that can be achieved with a simple grunge makeup finish.
This shows a simple yet effective eye liner that can really do far more to a look than you’d think. It makes eyes pop and stand out, and is a favorite in the grunge scene.
It’s called the winged eye liner effect, and this one has been done in a jet black finish — making it all the more bold and fierce.
Another fine example of a well-executed winged eye liner, so simple yet so effective.
It’s enhanced even more by having a defined brow, with different angles and styles producing different yet measurably great results.
This shows how you can combine the winged lashes with other features for a more complete and extravagant look.
The lustrous lashes add fullness to the eye, and I simply cannot get enough of full and plump lashes — can anybody?
This urban inspired look showcases how you can bulk up your eyelashes just slightly, and combine it with a light eye shadow to have a totally chic and picturesque appearance.
This look features a full and thick lash game that when combined with the striking eye liner really does make the eye pop and stand out.
The black shadow is not overdone, but adds a little extra touch to the look. This one would be perfect for summer months — simple, easy, but well and truly enough to get the job done.
Using platinum hair as a tool to create cool and edgy looks
Hair is always there to compliment your makeup choices, so don’t be afraid to work with it and incorporate it into your look. Here are some of my favorite looks that go so well with the platinum color, or otherwise known as the “granny” hair trend that I just love to see rocked with a fierce makeup combination.
Rich and deep eye shadows match platinum hair styles really well, and colorless to even potent color schemes can all work. This particular look sports a black smokey eye finish on the eye, which really brings them out to seem powerful and bold — accentuating the platinum’s statement. The lusciousness of the Batalash eyelashes is paired with the lusciousness of the curly high pony style, and I also love the bright inner corner spot on the eye: it really adds a different dynamic to the look.
This style is more of a mix between grunge and goth — dare I say, a match that needs to be made more often? Yes, I dare. The platinum blond stands out starkly against the gothic makeup, but the makeup isn't too gothic to the point where it’s bordering the darkness, as the grunginess brings it to the equilibrium. The eyes are bold and defined, which just about sums up this great hybrid look.
Another intense eye combination with platinum hair, but this one is a little different in that it throws in some pastel lipstick which is really brought out against the black and white backdrop. The hair is also platinum faded, which brings a whole other layer to the look.
This platinum hair style is accompanied by a host of stylishly excellent features that you simply have to try (if you have the granny look, of course!). The lipstick is almost a dark wine color, and the eye shadow is of an ash orange sort of hue. I love this look, and once again, the platinum hair simply begs to add oomph to your makeup choices.
Red lipstick can almost look too good on a paler canvas, and if you dont believe me, just take a look at this image. Really loving how creative people get with platinum hair styles, and this one is certainly hard to beat!
Making red a key feature to looks, from hair, to eyeliner, to shadows, to lipsticks
This makes for a perfect segue to my next point — red, everything red. Because, who doesn’t love red? I know I know, it can be a little tacky, especially if you’re begging for attention in your status symbol car, but if you do it right, it can elevate your look from mediocre to near perfection.
Red dyed hair, red smokey eye shadow, and stark red lipstick, this look works so well, and the red certainly doesn’t seem overdone. I also love the winged eye liner and full lashes.
A simple winged eye liner look – perfect for those days when you’re a bit bored of the grunge makeup classic black, and want something that will stand out a bit more. An easy yet effective technique, if you don’t own red liner, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life, because I own bag loads of them! Not really, but still.
Red lipstick goes great with bright red hair, as shown here, and the intense eyeliner makes everything seem utterly fierce. Love the reds, and this look does it oh so correctly.
If you really want to use red, but you don’t want to be too out there, a more faded red is the perfect solution as seen here. The ash red eye liner when combined with the shadow makes for a wonderful makeup choice, something new, something fresh, and something grunge. The color is almost reminiscent of autumn months.
This K-Pop inspired look is so cute, and I think it would go even cuter with a fringed haircut. The Cherry Bruise lip gloss gives a glossy red look, with all the shine and potent coloring you’ll ever need.
Retro 90s grunge look resonating with a pale glow, the red lips, red blush, red hues around the eyes captivate the beauty of the face excellently. Working with the bone structure in unison, to create a simple, yet beautifully aesthetic look.
Pastel color ideas that go great with a whole host of specific looks, from inspired looks like pastel grunge makeup, to simple choices, and hair colors
The pastel color scheme, drawing inspiration from other trends like pastel grunge, is a great way to inject some oomph and color into your makeup look.
Love the colors in this one. The pinky purple pastel eye shadow is really unique, and even the eyebrows and lashes are colored. This would go excellent with almost any hair color, even something just as extravagant as the makeup.
Pastel pink lipstick and faded pink eye shadow, this particular look is a perfect example of a grunge/pastel goth hybrid.
Pastel grunge inspired water color hair in aqua, proves to be an excellent addition to this look, and goes great with the ashy eyeliner and full lashes. It really brings out the eyes. Also love the dark lips.
Glittery features that make looks burst with life and energy, from lipstick, to eyeshadow, and everything in between
Don’t be scared to add more than just color to your look, and glittery elements can add new dimensions to your makeup that other things can’t. This job is usually left up to jewelry, which has been brought more and more onto people’s faces to achieve this result. I say just drop the hassle of piercings and go for makeup, at least it rubs off! Which may not be a good thing if you’re in the rain, in which case, stick to those septums.
These glittered eyes give almost an ocean feel, with some of the sparkly and glittery elements coming together to give an appearance reminiscent of rainbow scales. Inspired by nature, this look features glittery stars that adds just that extra amount of extravagance, without ruining the foundations. It comes together nicely, and stays that way. I love it. The scale effect is clever, and looks so darn cool! I really must try it sometime (if I’m talented enough that is!).
Metallic gold Vanille winged eye liner and sparkly shadow, this just proves that glittery is definitely an option at your disposal. I love sparkly, but not everybody does, which is quite alright, but just try it out one time and see how it goes. You never know, you might find that you suit it!
This glittered eye look goes great with the pastel pink hair, and would probably go even better with a pastel colored lipstick. Either pink or apricot, but lime or mint could also work (although this would be a little out there!).
A simple glitter finish, sparkled and shiny lipstick. This is definitely something you need in your makeup box (even if you only use it on rare occasions!).
Embracing blacks and darker shades are great for a whole host of looks, and can go especially well with certain hair styles
Don’t be afraid to embrace the darker shades in your new grunge makeup look, and you’d be surpassed by how much life can be brought out of a look sporting darker shades, if you rock it correctly.
Black lipstick here goes excellent with the chalk black hair, and I’d have to say, it’d probably be even better with dark eye liner. Not to take it over board, but just to add to the foundation for a more intense appearance.
Black on black on black. This look inspires me to get the dark shades out and start going to town. The winged eye liner really brings out the eyes, and the dark shadow follows suit. Of course, the black lipstick can’t be ignored, because it simply injects so much into the look. An example of how well black lipstick can look.
This black lipstick almost has a purplish hue, and this hue goes excellently with the greyish smokey eyeshadow — they just match so well! Again, I love when eyes are really brought out, and the beauty in them is enhanced, which this makeup style certainly achieves.
Love the dark red Occ lip tar this look sports, which is contrasted by the bronze smokey eye yet matches up to create a completely unique and cool feel.
The contouring also accentuates the bone structure, something that I simply love to see.
Multicolored lipsticks are the accessory you’re looking for, great to inject color into looks, and fabulous for adding vibrancy and uniqueness
Multicolored lipstick is a favorite of mine, and any time I’m feeling like I want to take my look to the nth degree, and I’m tired of played out looks, I crack one of these bad boys open.
You may think it’s a thing that should have stayed in a kid’s pencil bag in the 90s, but I’m here to tell you that it’s actually really cool, which will be demonstrated visually below.
This multicolored lipstick has almost a goth punk feel to it, and I would feel would go excellent with a brighter hairstyle to offset the goth.
Platinum hair would go great, as too would red. It would also be excellent in a look that has ashy eye shadow and full lashes.
These luscious multicolored pastel lips simply glow with vibrancy.
I love the pastel look ordinarily, but a multitude of tones really makes it seem almost completely unique.
The complete look, featuring every element coming together perfectly, from eyes, to lips, to cheeks, and the added bonus of a synchronized hairstyle
Here is an assortment of complete looks that I personally think embody everything there is about grunge, from head to toe, and from top to bottom.
To get an idea of how things can go together and really work towards creating a fluid and complete look, look at the way these have been put together for reference.
It will really help you get an idea of how it can be achieved.
This first one features a slight pink eye shadow, defined eye brows, and full lashes.
It also displays an excellently executed eye liner, which makes the yes come to life.
I love the way this look flows together, with every element intricately adding to the overall appeal.
This look is one of my personal favorite, with the Mauve smokey eye really taking this look to the highest degrees of aestheticism and utter style that humankind can ever reach.
Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but just look at it, it’s stunning.
The voluptuous lips in crimson red are deep in color and full in size and shape, which is complimented by the slight bluing on the cheeks that add definition to the cheek bones.
These are a mix mash of different looks, with each one displaying how flexible this fashion trend is. You’ll never be bored by the bland and bleak, because it’s absent with grunge.
The first displays how ashy can complement platinum hair almost seamlessly, how smokey and defined can bring together a look featuring darker hair, and how beauty with dark shades can be accomplished.
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