‘Romantic Goth’ on the Catwalks of AW13


By Cece Hensman

Makeup is simply an extension of your natural beauty; it has the ability to enhance, highlight and change the appearance of any outfit, from day to night, simply by changing the colour of a lipstick, from a Mac deep berry – “Crèmesheen” to a frosted pink – “Pure Zen”. The runway has recently bared witness to the likes of London Fashion Week and the summer into fall catwalk transition. With this transition has emerged the ‘Romantic Goth’ makeup look, seen on the catwalk of Victor & Rolf, Gucci and Nina Ricci, to name but a few.

The Autumn of 2013 sees the trend of dark lips, such as dark berries and wine reds with dark smokey eyes in coppers, blacks, and deep browns. This look is completed with flawless skin with minimal blusher and contoured cheekbones. This makeup look has been kept matte by withholding the use of lips stains, glosses and glittery eye shadows, with minimal highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones and the cupids bow.


Here is how I experimented with the look, inspired by the catwalks of AW13:

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cece4The lids were primed first to ensure that the colours were as intense as possible, with bass colours of a deep copper and rich dark burgundy. Black eye shadow was then swept through the socket on a Mac 224 brush and blended with a Mac 217 to ensure an intense smokey look. Under the eye, a matte black and burgundy were also applied with a slick of black eyeliner and generous layers of mascara.

The skin has been kept to a very minimal matte look, with the use of bronzer and a cream contour which, due to the lack of blusher used on the cheeks, draws the attention to the eyes and the lips,keeping the use of strong colours balanced and not overpowering.



The lips are primed by using a hydrating lip balm, then a warm nude-coloured lipstick, and finally, a second layer or dark wine red lipstick is applied using an angled brush (Sephors) to ensure precision. After the lips are completed, using another brush, concealer is applied around the lips to ensure a neat chiseled look.

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Eyes: Rimmel London Glam Eyes Pallets in Black and Copper, Soap and Glory lid stuff quad palette, Urban Decay Naked Palette, Soap and Glory ‘It’s about Prime’, Rimmel Scandal Eyes black eyeliner, Mac Painterly Paint Pot, Mac eye shadow in Carbon and Typographic, Clarins intense moisturising cream, Rituals and Benefit mascara, Lancôme and Rimmel London liquid eyeliner and Blush Professional 120Pallette.

Face: Sephora foundation, the professional face primer by Benefit, Soap and Glory kick ass concealer, collection illuminating touch concealer, gosh concealer, Clarins moisturizer, natural collection face powder, benefit high beam and hoola bronzer.

Lips: Rimmel lipstick in Nude Delight, Benefit lipstick in Berry, Clarins lip perfecter and Clinique Chubby Stick in Watermelon.

cece7 A quick tip to use when doing a Smokey eye is to ensure that all brushes are clean beforehand so that eye shadow is not smudged up to the eyebrow. Always remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you should never need to conform to fashion; put your own spin of this seasons trends, – you never know you may surprise yourself.

Photographer: Scarlett

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