We live in such a great time to experiment with any kind of makeup look, and I am honestly living for it. Want to wear a bold lip? Go for it! Trying out an elaborate eye look? Yaaaaas henny! So now, more than ever, I think it’s a great time to step out of your comfort zone and have fun with your makeup, no matter who you are.
One of my favorite things to do is to interpret my favorite fandoms into an inspired look to wear to work, out shopping, or even around my house. I pick the main color palette of that particular fandom, see what I have, and then experiment. It’s like how other people paint in their spare time, but just on your face!
It’s also a great way to wave your geek flag in an environment that doesn’t allow you to do so, like maybe work or a wedding/formal function.
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are seven looks that should appeal to any fandom you subscribe to!
All 4 of these Hogwarts House looks were completed with just 5 shades each, making them versatile and easy to pull off! The drama really comes in with your choice of lip color, false eyelashes, and eyeliner.
I mainly used a mixture of shades from the three Morphe palettes I own that were made in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill, but I kept it to around 5 shades per look: a base shade, crease shades, lid color, and highlight.
Comics–DC vs. Marvel
Are comics more your style? Take a gander at these two looks inspired by my two favorite heroines: Batgirl and Captain Marvel.
The Batgirl look has a slight batwing eyeliner to represent the logo, and was inspired by the purple suit we see in the original Batman show and the Batgirl of Burnside suit. I mostly used shades from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vault palette called Bling Boss (see my video tutorial for how I created this look!).
The Captain Marvel one has a striking red/blue/gold look, and features a red cut crease for more of a pop. This would be perfect for the movie premiere in March, especially if you’re one who likes to subtly flaunt your nerdiness. The shades I used for this look were a combination from ColourPop, Morphe, and NYX.
Per my last post where I sang the praises of My Hero Academia, I whipped up a Deku-inspired look. I never really get a chance to play with green looks too often, and I thought it’d be fun to bring out the green of his hair and represent the red sneakers he always wears.
This was a fun one to do, and is a bit more involved, but it was a great way to flex my creative and blending skills for a cohesive look. It was also an excellent comfort-zone-pushing palette as I rarely get an opportunity to work with green.
Do it Yourself!
I suggest having a main color, two complementary shades which get darker gradually, and a highlight (shimmery or glittery shadow).
As you get more comfortable with playing around and experimenting, you can add additional shades and effects, different styles of eyeliner, and false eyelashes.
For example: the Gryffindor-inspired look consisted of a nude color all over the lid and brow bone, a red on the lid (middle shade), a golden yellow in the crease, a darker red and a ruddy chestnut brown to deepen the crease an add some smokiness, and a shimmery champagne highlight on the upper brow bone and inner corner.
Once you break down the look you want to create into basic colors, the prospect becomes less daunting! Also, most eyeshadow palettes come in complementary colors specifically for this purpose, so trying to put together shades isn’t so tricky if you’re not used to applying makeup.
See? Being subtly nerdy isn’t so tough after all!
So, which look was your favorite? Did you like my tutorial? WOuld you like more looks and how-to videos? Let me know in the comments below! Also, if you do decide to try any of these out for yourself, share them with me over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! I would love to see your creations!
Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for?