These 3 Pride Makeup Looks will have you over the Rainbow
Wear your colors loud and proud for Pride month! June is a month of embracing your truest queer and unapologetic self. It is not only a month of rainbow flags and street parades, but a month meant to honor those who made it possible and pushing the change forward.
Groundbreaking events like the Stonewall riots, or the many queer icons such as Marsha P. Johnson stand as symbols of hope and progress that make up pieces of the colorful history of the LGBTQ+ community.
Whether you are wanting to strut your colors or be a supportive ally, we’re here to help you slay every day. MGB wants to bring you looks that you can wear to Pride parades and parties or for when you’re feeling bold this month (or all year round)!
We’re putting a different spin on that memorable makeup trend! You don’t need to be an artist to recreate this fun eye look. It’s a perfect solution to that pop of rainbow needed to tie your event fit together. All you need is some face glitter, rainbow shadows or face paints, and rhinestones for finishing touches.
For an even look, you can apply neutral shades and liner to your top lid before you begin the fun part. Use a nice white base below the eyes to make the colors pop. We used the Inglot White eyeliner ($16)! Outline how you want your tears to look and fill it in. Next take some eyeshadow and lay the color over the white base. This will ensure that the glitter will stand out even more. Lastly, overlay your fave face glitter like the MAC Loves Pride Glitter Kit ($54) on top of each color for extra drama.
Watercolor Rainbow Eyes
For an Instagram worthy beat and a look that will bring the drama, we took rainbows to a whole new level. Who needs to hide behind a mask, when you can sport your pride! To start, apply the eyeshadow the same as the previous look but make sure to start with a good primer such as the MAC Painterly Paint Pot ($22) or the e.l.f Smudge Pot ($3).
An important tip for this look is to start lightly so that you can build up colors and blend them together with a feathery brush. It will make it easier to achieve a watercolor finish. Try out the Alyssa Edwards eyeshadow palette ($45) for some pink and violet pigments! After applying a rainbow gradient on your eyes, begin to blend the shadow under your eyes down to your cheeks and cheekbones. The overall shape of the shadow will look somewhat like butterfly wings. When the pigment and placement is to your liking, add rhinestone details below your eye and at the tip of your brow. You can also add glitter to your brows for some sparkly edge to your look.
Rainbow eyeshadow is a perfect way to wear the flag and can be easy to achieve! Grab a shadow palette like BH’s Take me to Brazil ($20) or Makeup Revolution’s Reloaded Marvellous Mattes ($7) to rock your pride. We loved the blendability and pigment of MAC’s Art Library It’s Designer shadows ($48)! To achieve this look, start by building a rainbow across the eyes by blending red, orange, and yellow across the right eye.
On the left eye, start with your outer corners by applying a purple shadow and then blending into a blue shadow on the center of your lid. Finally work a green shadow on your inner corner. For more fun with color, apply a rainbow gradient under your eyes but reversing the colors instead. Place purple under your right eye and finish with red on your left.
It seems that from streets to storefronts, the celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and its history of activism is more prominent than ever. With all of the major brands that have come out with clothing or makeup lines for June, it can be difficult to find POC and queer owned brands that you should support. Luckily we did some of the hard work for you and found some companies that will make you look poppin’!
Queer and POC owners Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme created this brand to bring gender neutral designs to the fashion scene. The yellow, black, and brown colors are POC positivity at its finest and the silhouettes give off major street wear vibes which make it wearable for everyday pride. Alongside designs like “Femboi” or “Gender Free” you can also opt for some rad pieces that say “Woman Up!” or “Black Magic!
A great go-to shop for all your graphic/slogan tee needs! Whether you want to show your support for the community or strut proudly with your queer gear check out this brand for shirts around $25. A lot of their designs focus on challenging gender binaries and the boxes we are often confined to when it comes to identity.
An LGBT and Hispanic owned clothing brand, they hope to bring the bold tropical feeling all year long. Not only will you be able to support Pride month, but your Hispanic pride as well. 2s Daze has pride tees that emanate a fierce and colorful attitude. The cute and bright designs are sure to capture your attention, and are a perfect addition to your queer tee collection.
Get a “The Lesbians are coming” T-shirt designed by Jenny Cunningham who is a queer black dancer and artist!
The line also carries an array of greeting cards for queer women of color.
Grrrl Spells (grrrlspells.com)
Grrrl Spells is owned by the proudly queer and POC, En Tze whose designs were inspired by horror all things gothy. If you’re queer or goth or both, this shop has the perfect array of pins and clothes for you!
Interested in a cute crop to wear that celebrates queer activism? The Rebel Roots crop top or tank was made to celebrate the black trans activists that helped to change the world for queer communities. Part of the proceeds from purchasing this top goes to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, named after the famous black trans activist.
Looking for skin care that is not only vegan, but created with non-toxic rainforest botanicals? Taya beauty slays the game with products ranging from shampoos to intensive face masks. If you’re having trouble knowing where to start, you can even search for products by hair type or function. Owned by the first openly lesbian Latina supermodel Patricia Velasquez!
This skin care brand is all about bringing luxury and self care to all. Gloria Noto created products such as the Agender Oil to promote a message of inclusivity. The ingredients are natural, organic, and cruelty free wrapped in simplistic packaging made for anyone. Not only does NOTO spread the message of self love, but many of her proceeds have gone to organizations such as the LGBT Youth Center and the ACLU.
A makeup brand with no gender attached and a message of embracing one’s uniqueness is essential for Pride month! Founders of Fluide wanted to make a queer beauty brand that challenged beauty ideals and diversified the role models we see in mainstream media. They are here to meet all your lip, glitter, and nail polish needs. Their products have a futuristic and fun vibe with holographic glosses and neon color sets.