In a normal world, My Chemical Romance would be arriving in the UK next week to perform three shows of their reunion tour at the Milton Keynes Stadium. I managed to get tickets for the Saturday show and was really looking forward to seeing them live. Unfortunately, we now have to wait until 2021 for that experience. However, to commemorate the postponed tour, this week’s makeup tutorial is inspired by Gerard Way’s ‘red eyeshadow’ look that he often wore during the ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ era. This step by step guide will show you how I achieved my interpretation of this look.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional make up artist, I just enjoy experimenting with makeup and have been practising for a few years. All these steps can be adjusted to suit you however you like. Makeup has no rules so just have fun! :)*
Step 1: Start by moisturising and priming your skin, I’m using the Benefit POREfessional face primer.
Step 2: Next, I fill in my eyebrows using the Morphe Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Mocha. I start by brushing out the hairs using the spoolie end and then I filled in the gaps in my brows using hair-like strokes with the pencil.
Step 3: Next, I take a fluffy blending brush and the shade Red Hot from the Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless Fire Palette and run it through the crease of my eye using a back and forth motion. The eyeshadow application can be as messy as you like, Gerard’s look isn’t particularly neat and it still looks awesome. I then ran the shade underneath the eye and around the outer corner.
Step 4: Taking a flat eyeshadow brush and the same shade, I then placed the colour all over the remaining portion of the eyelid. Keep adding and blending the eyeshadow until you achieve the desired effect.
Step 5: I then took the Benefit BAD gal BANG 24 Hour Eye Pencil and roughly ran it along my top lash line. Taking a small pencil brush with some of the Red Hot eyeshadow, I then smudged the eyeliner out so it appeared softer.
Step 6: Next I took the same eyeliner and ran it through my waterline. If you’re uncomfortable with waterline eyeliner than you can skip this step. First, make sure your pencil is clean by wiping it on a clean tissue. Then, gently pull the skin under your eye to reveal your waterline and softly run the pencil along the waterline and lower lash line. Then, taking the small pencil brush, smudge out the eyeliner on the lash line.
Step 7: I chose to curl my eyelashes before applying the mascara but this isn’t a necessity. For mascara, I used the Benefit BADgal Bang Volumising Mascara and applied a few coats onto my top and bottom eyelashes. *side note* I’m aware that a lot of Benefit products have been used in this tutorial as I’m a fan of the brand, however, there are many drugstore alternatives that can be used instead that work just as well.
Step 8: For foundation, I took the Loreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Freshwear Foundation (as you can see, mine is used often) and a large fluffy blending brush. I blend the foundation into my skin using circular motions. As Gerard uses a very light foundation, I decided to take the lightest shade in my Makeup Revolution Ultra Creme Contour Palette and blended it lightly on top of the foundation using my Real Techniques Beauty Blender.
Step 9: I took my Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer in the shade C0.5 and applied it under my eyes, on my chin, in the centre of my forehead and on the tip of my nose. I then blended that all in using the Real Techniques beauty blender. When blending underneath the eyes, be careful not to cover any of the eyeshadow already placed there.
Step 10: I then set that all in place using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and a flat top face brush. Instead of sweeping the powder over the skin, I prefer to lightly press the brush into the skin to ensure all the liquid and creme products used before arent moved or disturbed in any way. As Gerard’s look has barely any colour in the skin, I didn’t use any bronzers or blushers.
Step 11: To complete the look, I used the KIKO 3D Hydra Lipgloss in the shade 20 Chestnut on my lips.
Grab yourself some MCR merch here and then you’re ready to pretend you’re attending one of their shows this year!
– Chloe Berrell