Pride marches aren’t just for dressing up and they’re certainly not all rainbows and butterflies. Nevertheless, it’s fun to unabashedly show your fabulous side while helping create more awareness for the pressing issues that the LGBTQIA+ community faces—the fight for the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill, justice for victims of hate crimes, lack of job and housing opportunities, etc.
This Saturday, June 26, the Metro Manila Pride 2021 Virtual March and Festival will be held at 7 PM. In case you’re planning to add a bit of color to your ‘fit, here’s a list of Pride makeup looks that you might want to try out.
The collage-slash-scrapbook aesthetic has been a trend for quite some time. Self-taught makeup artist Katie Farhood has incorporated it in this rainbow eyeliner look by adding Pride letter stick-ons above the lid and star stickers on the brows.
To make it more festive, Farhood matched the brow color with the blue eyeshadow used to add the sky details. For more drama, they used white mascara on the bottom lashes.
Peruvian makeup artist Carlos Zavalaga is queering a “Cruella” look and we’re loving it. Instead of using black for the airbrush effect over the eyes, you can use rainbow eyeshadow to paint over the stencil of “The Future.”
You can customize the look by replacing the phrase with statements like “Makibeki” or “Wag mashokot.” The outcome looks like a placard or protest graffiti on your face.
Filipino makeup artist Drian Pili Bautista is a master of looking otherworldly. Case in point is this ethereal rainbow moth goddess look with wings and antennae attached. To make the colors pop, they even used a silver base and silver wig.
To create the wings and antennae, you can apply highly pigmented eyeshadow (or paint, if you prefer) on watercolor paper. Then, for that added drama, use long falsies that may or may not resemble moth legs.
Usually, the colors are made to look like they’re dripping down your face in this trend. Mexican American makeup artist Riquelle Medrano shows us an alternative that makes it seem like you have rainbow skin underneath the foundation.
First, apply your rainbow eyeshadow. You can extend it over your lids so you can maximize the space. Then, use an earbud with makeup remover to create the drip effect. Use black eyeshadow to create the dark outline and shadow to complete the illusion.
If you’re a cut-crease fan, Nigerian beauty educator Linda Nwaora’s rainbow eye and lip combos will fit your style. As they show in their tutorial videos, you can start by blending different colors of eyeshadow on the top of your lid. Add dimension and shapes with the help of a white liner. Color in the spaces and add another layer of liner for a starker contrast. To complete the look, blend colors on your lips afterward.
Instead of using the rainbow flag’s colors, you can also choose your Pride flag’s. Don’t be afraid to use bold colors. As Nwaora has shown, they look great on dark or morena skin as well.