First of all I want to say thank you to all your lovely comments! It's so fun to read them and hear your opinions! :D
Yesterday I was attending a work interview. It's a job that will lead me in the right direction on my career path even though it's not makeup related. :)
When going to a work interview expressing all your gothiness might not always be a good idea. But you still want to keep some of your integrity without having employers judging you by your shadowy appearance. So how do you do it?
There might not be a general answer to that question but I'd say that toning down your style and makeup might be a good idea on the interview or when starting a new job.
A natural kind of makeup doesn't necessarily mean using browns and beiges. Here's a suggestion how you can create a very toned down goth-look using gray and black.
The eye-makeup is kind of the classic pinup cat-eye, but I've smudged out the eyeliner a bit to achieve a more smokey effect. If you don't like the pinup-style look, then simply skip winging out the eyeliner in the outer corner. You can also smudge it out more than I have done, but be careful not to take it too high up on the lid, since you want a more natural look. Putting eyeliner along the lash-line will make the lashes look fuller and darker. To me, this is very suitable since my own lashes are rather thin and sparse.
When doing a work look I spend more time on my skin. Since the eyes are so toned down a lot of focus will fall on the skin instead, so I want it to be as flawless as possible. And since pale skin is an important part of my (and many other goth's) style I chose to emphasize this instead of focusing on the eyes. After all, they can't tell me that I'm too pale for a job (unless it's a job as a model for a fake-tan product XD).
A pale face might look a little flat though so I used a cold-toned blush, Shy by e.l.f. on the apples of my cheeks to add some dimension. I like this blush because it doesn't give too much color.
For the lips I just added a little liquid lipstick in the color Cherry tart also by e.l.f. No lipstick at all would work fine as well, and probably be a little more gothic! :)
So here's a tutorial for the eyemakeup! :)
Step 1. Prime your eyelids. Bet you didn't see that one coming, huh? ;)
Step 2. Apply a soft wash of matte white eyeshadow over your lids. If you have darker skin then you can use a darker color, since white might be too harsh.
Step 3. Apply a gray eyeshadow in the outer corner of your lid and in your crease. Blend out well! The shadow I've used is Stealth by Makeup Geek.
Step 4. Using a gel liner and a small brush, line your upper lash-line and waterline. Take another brush and smudge the line out a little.
If you get black gel liner on your waterline, remove it with a Q-tip, since we are putting white there in the next step.
Step 5. Apply a white eyeliner on your waterline before you add black mascara to your top and bottom lashes. Fill in your eyebrows with a dark brown. You can also use black if you like, but to get a more natural result wipe off the brush first and then always start by filling in the tail of your brow.
I hope that was helpful to some of you.
Have a nice day!