Pride Makeup Look

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Pride makeup look for both London and Brighton. I did a similar rainbow eye for both, and I had so many lovely comments and questions about the look that I thought i'd do a little product run-down and mini tutorial post for anyone curious.

I simply searched 'Pride makeup' on Pinterest and was met with a sea of inspiration. This was the particular photo I drew most of my inspiration from. I didn't want to do a complete copy, but I used this as a base to work from in where the certain colours should go. Of course, you can just improvise the whole thing, but I find it a lot easier to have some kind of guide!


The products used to create this eye look (in order of application) are Urban Decay Primer Potion (£17.50), NYX Ultimate Brights Palette (£16.00), Maybelline Master Ink Matte Waterproof Liquid Liner (£5.99), Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara (£8.99), ELF Glitter Primer (£3.00), Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Silver (£4.59), The Gypsy Shrine Glitter (£6.95) and Faux Mink Lashes (£3.98).

The star of the show for this look is obviously the palette, the which has been my go-to for any coloured look for the last few years. The quality of the palette is good, with most of the shadows giving really strong and heavy pigment. The only colours that slightly lack are the yellow and red, but these are proven to be difficult colours to create by many brands, and with a bit of build up you can definitely create a strong enough colour as you can see. Some other rainbow palettes that i'm sure would do the job just as well, if not better, are the Morphe 35B, Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions, Sleek I-Divine V1, 08 Editorial Brights, Juvia's Place The Zulu and Stacey Marie Carnival Palette.

Once you've got your bright shadows, you're pretty much good to go. Everything else i've found to be improvised to whatever suits you. Last year's pride I went for a more subtle wing and lashes, whereas this year I went full sha-bang with massive lashes and additional glitter. It's completely up to you how you want to make it work! 

If you want to go all out, when all the colours are down, add your eyeliner wing and mascara, and then play around with glitter placement. For London Pride (pictured) I went for a full glittered lower-lash line, but for Brighton Pride I focussed more on the inner corner, and a shooting star effect on the outer lower-lash line. I then chucked on some massive super cheap eBay lashes and I was all set.

My only real two tips would be firstly, use an eyeshadow primer - there's a lot of product on your eyeballs which goes through a lot of movement everyday. If you're anything like me you'll have super oily eyelids that need all the help they can get, and the Urban Decay Primer Potion is the only eye primer i've found to actually secure my pigment. The second tip would be to refer to a picture when applying - it's so much easier to have a guide on where the colours should go. It's very easy for you to give up early when it looks a mess before it all comes together. Just have some patience and you'll be fluttering rainbow in no time!

If you need a little more guidance than just an image reference, YouTube is swimming with Pride tutorials, and some of my personal favourite looks are by James CharlesChloe Morello, Lesley Marie, and this was the exact tutorial I followed in 2017 to achieve this look (that skills glow up though).

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