Emo Eye Makeup And Fashion With AFI

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Like so many trends in fashion and beauty, the style we now know as emo initially revolved around a genre of music.












Originating as a subset of hardcore punk, and evolving into more indie punk-ish bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jawbreaker. "emo” was so named due to the occasional outbursts of emotion exhibited by its performers while performing.

Just give a listen to the passion in Ian McHaye’s voice on a Fugazi track and you’ll start to get an idea. With many songs dealing common, albeit tragic themes like heartbreak and unrequited or disappointing love affairs, the music grew in popularity – spurning its very own style of, well, style. A cinch with those more terrifyingly emotional of all creatures, teenagers, this scene look has definitely been most commonly rocked by younger folks.

Boys started borrowing their sisters jeans, girls began buying their pants a size or two smaller (ushering in the narrowed leg of the ubiquitous skinny jean that is now ever so popular), scooping up long, narrowly cut "vintage” band tees. In a bit of a throwback to the days of punk, safety pins and metal studs found their way onto bags, shoes, and, instead of leather jackets this time, hooded, zip-up sweatshirts.

Hair got spikier, longer, bigger and higher – almost cartoony, and almost always dyed black. And thick, smoked out black eyeliner found its way onto the faces of boys, girls, rock stars, and the like.

If you’d like to add a bit of an angst ridden edge to your look, here’s a crash course in the smokey, edgy, punk-inspired eyeliner. It can be tricky to get the hang of at first, so practice, practice, practice! First, find yourself a good, black as night eyeliner. You may want to seek out one that is waterproof, to avoid smudges that aren’t deliberate, but find one that is softer still and blends a bit.

Make sure it is freshly sharpened, as a duller pencil can tug at the eye and be far more uncomfortable. Starting with bottom lid, draw a line along the bottom lid of the eye, staying as close to the lash line as possible, or even creeping into the inside of lower eyelid.

Next, line along the top eyelid as closely to the lash line as you possibly can – making that line a bit thicker for smudging.

Then smudge out the eyeliner with either your finger, or a sponge-tipped, pointed smudging tool. Blend the color out for that slept-in eyeliner look.

If you’re a fella trying out eyeliner for the first time, there are a couple of rules for successful male forays into the world of makeup.

Keep that facial hair either shaved off, or at least neatly groomed and trimmed. This is emo, not the grunge movement, after all.

Take good care of your skin. Nothing highlights any fashion statement like clear skin.

Drink lots of water and use skincare products designed for your skin type.

Then mosey on over to our styling tips to find out how to style some emo-esque spikes of your own.



afi band  members Davey Havok  Jade Puget Hunter Burgan Adam Carson

"I flee to decemberunderground. As you exhale, I breathe in the
water underground and I'll grow pale without you”
"The Interview,” AFI

Davey Havok (vocals) - Jade Puget (guitar) - Hunter Burgan (bass) - Adam Carson (drums)


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