Grunge Make-Up Is Back And It Has Been Reinvented For 2023

grunge make-up

You may have noticed that recently there has been a return to grunge make-up. This trend was born in the nineties and has made a major comeback just in time for 2023. This is thanks in part to the hit series, Euphoria, which has been a big influence in the beauty world since it started in 2019.


While we’re not suggesting that you attempt to rock the famous glitter-tears look (it should really be left to the pros!), there are other ways to experiment with this soft-grunge trend. Here are the items you’ll need.

1. Eyeliner

The foundation of any grunge make-up look is dark, smudgy eyeliner. For a soft take on the trend, you can opt for a lighter shade, such as blue, green or purple. The best formula to use is kohl as these liners offer the stability and precision of a pencil but are easy to blend.

Inglot Eyeliner Khol Pencil
Inglot Eyeliner Khol Pencil
Le 9 De Givenchy Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Le 9 De Givenchy Couture Eyeshadow Palette

2. Eyeshadow

After you have applied your eyeliner, it’s time to go in with some colour! Or not! A classic take on this trend is to use black and grey-hued eyeshadow. But, just like your liner, you can experiment with different shades and even blend them with black for an ombré finish.

3. Mascara

To finish off a grungy look, you need a few lashings of mascara. Go for a pitch-black shade to pair with your dark liner and make your lashes more defined. Apply a few coats to add thickness. Fortunately, for this trend, you don’t need to worry too much about smudging or clumping!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid
MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid

4. Glitter

To finish off a modern grunge make-up look, your last step should be to add some shine! Apply loose glitter with skin-safe glue or blend a shimmery eyeshadow into your eyelids. If you are using a liquid glitter, apply it using a separate brush so the product doesn’t get contaminated with eyeshadow.

Are you going to be trying the grunge-reinvented trend? Let us know in the comments below!


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