It’s that time of the year again when people paint their faces for the mardi gras and I must say I have never once seen someone give thought on how they looked with their face painted or their henna done.

Maybe this year we should. With the street parties banned, there will be lesser drunken rowdy crowds who will ruin your makeup. Ha!

But seriously though, the tribal designs painted on the face is meant to signify something for the celebration. People just draw on random tribal art to mimic those designs, which gives me more reason to opt for a rational, a little low-key look without being boring about it.

You’ll be amazed at what vibrance the primary colors can bring. (Excuse the crappy video quality.)

Let me just get it out there, yes I did not contour nor strobe; yes I didn’t comb my hair before I did my do; and yes I might have done stuff that do not conform to the proper ways of makeup. Sue me.

I chose 90’s icons Bjork and Gwen Stefani as my nu look inspiration because they always had a way with exuding artistry in looking eccentric.

90s Icons Bjork and Gwen | Like Seriously

The stuff I used for this look are:

  • Water-based theater makeup by Bruynzeel-Sakura
    A.K.A. Face paint
  • Black liquid eyeliner by Nichido
  • Revlon eye shadow
  • Black pencil eyeliner by Nichido
  • Blue pencil eyeliner by Make Up For Ever
  • Red lip cream by Nyx

You don’t necessarily have to use face paint. What I used were just stuff lying around the house. Real makeup is actually better for longevity reasons. I just can’t afford highly pigmented makeup brands that’s why I went for this alternative. It’s totally safe – I checked.

And if you’re not feeling the color combo, you can always mix it up.

The great thing about this look is its versatility. You can use it for other festivals or rave parties (if you’re into that kinda thing.)

Hopefully this stirs some ideas for you before you hit the streets.

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