Saturday, 30 July 2011

Goths on a budget - what brands are best for makeup?

As someone who's been funding her gothery with pocket money, allowances and student loans for a long time, I've had to get good at knowing what makeup is worth shelling out for and what's easily accomplished with cheap, ubiquitous high street brands.  Here's a quick list of what I use or have tried in the past and feel are worth recommending, almost all £10 or less (many less than a fiver).  A lot of use use a LOT of cosmetics and they can eat into one's budget very quickly, so I hope this'll be of good use.
List will be updated sporadically if anything else pops into my head or gets a strong recommendation.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Things I Would Like to Cover

A brief list of everything  I can think of that I think would be relevant to some of your interests:

  • Eyeliner
  • Foundation - powder, liquid - especially WHITE foundations
  • Lips
  • Piercing care
  • Bat-shaped cookies (because I get hungry).
  • How to survive your first visit to the goth club
  • Bands I'd recommend to cover at least SOME of the range Goth has to offer
  • More hair, including cutting one's own (something I have done for nearly 10 years without a single regret.)
  • Clothing and DIY (sewing basics, what fabrics are useful, possibly a couple of full garment tutorials along with accessories and customising)
  • What Goth is and isn't
By no means an exhaustive list.  Suggestions welcome.

I plan to get a better webcam next month.  Here's to a less blurry future.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Backcombing for long fine hair

Goth's roots in 70's punk has given rise to some very distinctive styles; the archetypal gothic hairstyle is messy, ratty, teased, backcombed, wild and above all BIG, a la Siouxie or the infamous death hawk. I've long admired these great cloudy styles but have the problem of having very long, fine hair that won't hold a curl and back-combs extremely reluctantly, collapsing and straightening rapidly over time no matter how much spray and crimping I use. However, if one in my situation still wants a big spiky style, there is a way - you must first take the weight out of your hair. Here's one example of a style I use that happily stays up for as long as one would like.

YOU WILL NEED: a brush, a fine toothed comb, Kirby grips (bobby pins), bun pins, hairspray. OPTIONAL - spiral pins (shown in video).


1) Wash, brush and straighten (if hair is particularly curly or unruly) your mane.

2) Brush hair into a ponytail at the top-centre of your head. This doesn't have to be too neat. DO NOT TIE; hold in place.

3) Twist hair up tightly as if for clipping with a bulldog-grip or making a roll.

4) Using bun pins and spiral pins (if you have them), tightly pin twist to head, from base of twist to the top of your head at the back.

5) Loosen twist slightly. Holding the length of your hair along the centre of your scalp, use Kirby grips to tack it down along one side.

6) Pull out a few strands of the hair from the top and arrange all loose hair down one side of your head. It should hang between your ear and the corner of your eye.

7) Lift small sections of loose hair from the top and backcomb by sliding the comb up and down the length. Repeat with all loose hair. Hang backcombed sections to opposite side of head to keep them out the way.

8) Hairspray the lot, concentrating on the base of the strands (nearer the scalp) to support and hold the backcombing.

9) Push hair back to original side of head, arrange/tame. Enjoy.

The Intro

Hello, hello!  Welcome, blaaaa, suck your blood et cetera.  I'm here to chew ass, kick gum and write tutorials, but now both the donkey farm and Wrigleys has issued restraining orders I can really only do one thing.

I'm a 22 year old ladygoth from the murky, moist, muddy land of Scotland.  I have been attending goth, rock and other alternative clubs from the moment I turned 18, and I consider my demure, plain-dressed days of high school to have been a phase of which I'm glad to have grown out.  I now look and dress the way I've wanted to for at least a decade, and listen to everything from Aphex Twin and Bauhaus to Radiohead and Corpus Delicti.  I'm far from an expert of 'the gothic scene' and freely admit I don't know it all, but I doubt anyone can really say that.

So, if I don't know everything, what am I writing tutorials on?  Basically, everything that's bugged me.  The people who forget the golden rule of Don't Touch The Goth.  People who apply white foundation like a five-year-old with Snazaroo's trying out their first clown costume.  People who 'can't do eyeliner' but clearly have never tried.  People who say they want to experience the goth scene but then decide they only like the fashion and keep asking for Kings of Leon at the goth club whilst loudly complaining about how shit all this 80's whineycrap is.  YOUR FACE.
It won't all be negging though.  I have loads of people come up and ask me if I can teach them how I did a certain makeup style, or where I learned to sew, or what bands I'd recommend to someone who is just starting out.  Having been there not so long ago, I know how scary The Scene can seem for someone who's never really experienced it before, and it's not helpful to just write them off as posers and try-hards and the never give them a chance to have fun and develop.

The scene's not dead, kiddos.  Welcome in - but please, take note of what others have to say and don't make too much of a tit of yourself, okay?  We live in the world of the internet - you have even less of an excuse than the older ones did.  GET YERSEL' LERNT.