If asked, what comes to your mind when hearing the words “grunge”, a lot of people are going to drop things like: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, dirty, angry, frustrated, acting like you don’t care (though you probably do), cynical outlooks, resisting the urge to follow every trend there is and you could lead this list on and on.
But Grunge isn’t just a view on life, music or attitude – it became a fashion statement. Everyone, simply everyone out there knows the oversized flannel shirts, band tee’s, ripped jeans, boots, beanie looks. We’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we probably do it ourself. I am for sure, though I’m not adjusting my whole wardrobe to grunge. My grunge commitment is rather placed in the makeup department. I love me some grungy makeup.
Wait?… Grungy makeup? What does that mean? Well hello there, I got you! I’m going to tell you a few things about my favorite way to paint on my face. Just to be clear, it may not be the things everyone consider as grunge and some may have different opinions on that subject, which I do appreciate and respect, so please do respect my. And here you go with my little grungy twist.
First of all! Try to avoid looking super tan. It helps looking a little fairy – and believe me, I got this covered in a very special way. 😀
Grungy makeup tend to be in darker colors around the eyes, but in a dirty way – forget your classic smokey eyes – smudge the dark reds, maroons, browns or some blacks around your eyes. Dare yourself to drag it down. It has to look like you didn’t sleep the whole night. Don’t forget the black eyeliner – pack it on! But try to avoid a heavy wing. It’s not about glitter, not about shine. Try to keep the eyes matt.
The thing with the eyebrows… You can keep your brows unplucked, natural and undone but I do not like this option to be honest. Back in the 90s everyone had this thin brows, plugged to death – I got them myself for a long time. But in times with all these Cara Delevingne brows and the Instagram brows filling our screens day by day no one seems to like them anymore. And I do not like them myself. What were we thinking back then? Why did we do this to our faces? I don’t know anymore. Well bak to the brows. I like to fill in my brows, for I have very light, small brows which look ridiculous with any makeup look.
For lips pick up some of the darkest shades you have. If you do not wish to take such a huge risk, try your darkest nude color. I prefer dark, deep reds or browns. Some pick up a black lipstick, but since I’m wearing the grungy makeup on a daily basis almost, I pick something more suitable for work and life. But you do your thing, go ahead. Dirty red shades work perfectly fine as well. Nothing too shiny, nothing to pretty and clean please
Some say the grunge makeup may look a little sickening and the people look like they’re on crack or haven’t slept in days. This may be true, if you’re not careful in applying. I guess the things you see these days in grunge makeup and what I myself prefer is called the ‘modern grunge’. It has these grungy vibes, but looks cleaner, without looking too clean – if you know what I mean 😉
This may not work for everyone out there, which I do get. But dare yourself and try it out. I’d love to hear your opinion about grungy makeup, so feel free to leave a comment down below.