Emo Scene Make up Tips and Techniques
Emo and scene make up trends - some styling tips.
Both emo make up and scene make up trends have a number of basic similarities. Both groups are considered imaginative and creative and therefore their makeup reflects that and since eyes are generally considered the most expressive part of the body this is where the main focus is in creating any make up look. Whereas emos tend to favour black or darker colours in all aspects of their dress the scene kids are generally more brighter and colourful and this goes for their make up too – however black remains the firm favourite. Remember scene make up is just another way of catching people’s attention – a must for any scene queen.
Emo and scene make up requires a pale foundation – do not use a white foundation though. Choose a foundation, or if you prefer, a face powder that either matches your own skin tone or ONE shade lighter – you do not want to look like a goth or a clown for that matter. Before applying your foundation/face powder moisturise your skin and apply a primer to your face and around your eyes this will ‘fix’ your make. Cover any spots or blemishes with a cover stick then apply your foundation.
Never , ever use a bronzer or a blusher when creating the classic emo or scene look – nothing has to complete with the eyes and the use of a blusher will only make this make up look disastrous and over done.
Pale or nude coloured lips are so in right now so cover your lips with foundation too and then paint over with either a sheer gloss or the preferred method is to use a chapstick.
So with the face ‘set’ we now move on to the eyes - the main focus of this emo or scene look.
There are lots of ways to achieve a scene make up as it’s all about being playful and experimenting with vivid colours but the use of bold eyeliner is a must. A good quality black liquid liner is great but if you are just starting out then it may be a good idea to first master the technique using a pencil eyeliner with a sharp point which has been softened first on the back of your hand so that it does not scratch your eyelids. Always apply liquid eyeliner with an angled brush whenever possible as it gives a neater and more precise edge to it.
Eyeliner is applied both to the top of the eyelid and inside the waterline on the lower lid. Emo make up tends to favour a rounded edge to the eyeliner whereas scene make up is all about flicking the eyeliner at the outer edge (a makeup technique which when done well looks stunning, when done badly can be a eye sore LOL – flicks have to match on both eyes so be careful). How you edge your eyeliner really depends entirely on the shape of your eye and which style suits you best. Flicks or points look good if you have small or almond shaped eyes. Whether you put on eyeliner before or after your eye shadow seems to be a matter of personal preference. I myself have always put my eye shadow on first. Scene girls may also use an array of coloured eyeliners to accent their black eyeliner by outlining above it in a fine line or replace it completely.
Emo eye shadow is predominantly black – a good way of achieving a simple yet REALLY effective emo makeup is to get a black eye paint – Stargazer do a really good product called wet colour cover which you have to add water to so goes on creamy but dries to a powder. This can be applied to the entire eye socket winging out slightly at the edge of the eye (this is a makeup technique which does not require a great amount of precision so is great for a beginner) – a black eyeliner can be used to colour the waterline of the lower lid and can be finished off with a black eye shadow underneath the eye.
TIP: Always have a dampened cotton bud/Q Tip to hand in case of makeup rescues and stray eye shadow. Pat the Cotton bud, try not to smudge as this can make matters worse!
If you are applying an emo or scene eye shadow there is any number of ways to achieve it.
One technique is to apply a white or silver shadow to the full upper lid then take a black or dark grey to the outer socket and if desired the crease and outer lower lid and get a soft edge brush to blend.
Neon coloured eye shadows are particularly popular with scene girls and one of the most popular colours is neon pink matte eye shadow – this can be applied to both upper and lower lids above the eyeliner. When experimenting with colours in scene make up you may choose two completely contrasting or complimenting colours it is entirely up to you. Put the darker colour on the outer portion of the eye socket with the lighter one on the inner part and blend with a brush. There is also a trend towards using glitter shadows in scene make up.
TIP: If you are applying your eye shadow AFTER your liquid eyeliner make sure that the eyeliner has dried before applying the shadow otherwise it will just smudge.
Men should generally avoid using eyeliner on upper lids just use on lower and get as near to the lashes as possible.
Remember to keep reviewing your make up – you don’t want to look over done or like a raccoon or panda!!
Eyebrows are generally kept fine and neat with a small amount of eye pencil if necessary – but like everything else on the face, the eyebrows should not draw attention away from the eyes.
Using eyelash curlers can make eyes look bigger and wider and brighter. They are usually inexpensive and do not hurt but really make a big difference to the end result – metal eyelash curlers are better than plastic ones. They should be used on clean lashes free of mascara and the best way to use them is to heat them with a blow dryer for approx 5 seconds on a low heat before applying to your eyes. Touch the metal. If it's hot, let it cool for a few seconds. You don't want to burn your eyelid. Open the curler, clamp lashes near the roots. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Never curl lashes after you apply mascara - as the mascara dries, lashes can stick to the curler & be torn from the roots. Don't bother curling bottom lashes.
A volumising mascara in black or in a coloured mascara should be applied in two coats to the eye lashes after the rest of the eye makeup is complete. If you are going for a real scene look, dramatic fake eyelashes can add more drama to your eyes like Jeffree Star
Finally with a fine dusting of translucent face powder to create a flawless finish and your ready to strut your stuff!!