6 Top Grunge Makeup Looks You Have to See

Aug. 17, 2020
These last couple of years has seen the comeback of a number of ‘90s trends, including grunge. This trend never fails to give you some attitude, and no matter how you decide to add grunge to your outfits, your makeup look is the key to tying everything together. Here are some ideas for grunge makeup looks that are sure to allow you to stand out from the crowd.
1. Dark Eyes


A black eye look is the perfect way to make a statement with any grunge look. You just need to apply black eyeshadow or a black eyeliner pencil all over the lids like this look by influencer @xknifeplay. Pair with a warm lip to keep it grunge.  
2. Statement Lips


A simple yet effective grunge look is to create a really bold lip with heavily lined eyes. Using a bold, unconventional color really helps to take your makeup look to the next level, just make sure you stick to deeper tones like navy blues and deep purples.
3. Neon


Neons are a great way to add a pop of color to your grunge look as long as you keep an overall dark vibe. Try out this look by makeup artist Alyssa Marie, with neon eye makeup and a deep burgundy lip.
4. Red


Red makeup is another classic look when it comes to grunge. Using deeper or cherry reds, like this look by Stefania Viks, really takes the grunge look into the realm of vampy. Add thicker lashes for a darker feel. 
5. Matte Black 


It’s all about dewy, glowing skin at the moment, but if you’re looking to create that really classic grunge look, matte skin is the way to go. Pair perfect skin with an all-black look like this one by artist @evyxo_ if you’re brave enough! 
6. Black Lip, Bright Eye


A solid black lip is another staple for creating a grunge makeup look, but there is always the risk of going too hard on the black, making you look more gothic than grunge. This look, with super colorful eyes and a black lip creates the perfect balance of grunge and femininity without veering into goth territory.
7. Peach Blush 


What stops grunge being goth? Often, it’s dialed back with a bit more color, and adding blush is the perfect way to do that. This look by MAC Cosmetics perfectly shows how you can pair grunge trends – tope eyeshadow, matt warm red lipstick, and plenty of eyeliner – and keep it classy. 
8. Woke Up, Added Lipstick 


One thing grunge does best is that rolled out of bed, low-effort look. You can do this so easily by going relatively barefaced and using a soft-edged lipstick. Fashion photographer Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy captures it best, here. 
Grunge can be easily embraced by walking the line between perfect and messy – wear it with confidence for the best results! 
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