10 alternative makeup looks to try during social distance

alternative makeup tutorials

[Photos via Sharon Needles / Cosmo, Harley Quinn / Jackie Wyers, Poppy / Geaux Gretchen, Doll / Toshi Salvino]

How many times have you sat down to watch your favorite beauty personalities on YouTube, just to think to yourself, “When could I ever wear this look?” Artistic take on makeup trends can be creative and exaggerated, but that doesn’t make them realistic for the everyday viewer. However, in our current social distance reality, there has never been a better time to get a wild look from makeup tutorials from the comfort of your home.

Whether you are a makeup amateur or a self-trained professional, there are endless tutorials online for guidance. Buy your stock to join one of our choices below or come up with your own inspired take on a full face. You will be amazed at what to do when the usual social norms for appearances are thrown out the window.

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Here are some of our favorite over-the-top looks that you should try at home.

1. Phyrra Nyx – Unbranded Makeup Guide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBMip3kl92s [/ embed]

Phyrra Nyx features cruelty-free makeup and gives you a smoky eye step-by-step routine with an extra twist: no brands are mentioned in the tutorial. A routine like this is perfect when you’re trying to get involved at home, because there’s no pressure to use what’s shown in the video. All final selections can be determined by you and what’s in your own makeup bag. The shiny lining and bold lips are a pop of color that is badly needed on quiet days indoors.

2. Geaux Gretchen – Poppy I do not agree album art look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsbKpbVy-MQ [/ embed]

In the official launch of her album-inspired makeup look series, Geaux Gretchen takes the spirit from Poppy“S latest release, I do not agreeand makes a tutorial based on the illustration. While she mentions that her goal is to make every product in the series ‘portable’, some may find the finished product a comfortable place to start experimenting with their facade. Other videos in this series include Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin and also recent AltPress cover stars, Green Day.

3. NikkieTutorials – bride from hell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–aOisk7Hf8 [/ embed]

NikkieTutorials proves that makeup is art in this next clip. At first glance, the visible jaw design looks like a sticker or other SFX material, a common practice shown on YouTube. However, Nikkie shows her entire process of signature the gruesome tear on her cheek. Halloween may be more than six months away, but practicing makes perfect – and who says it’s not suitable for a casual Friday?

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4.Toshi Salvino – seriously creepy IRL doll

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZv6LAv4V4Y [/ embed]

Toshi Salvino takes dramatic makeup to the next level as a self-proclaimed ‘living doll’. With methods more common in the drag scene, this spooky pop tutorial can test your skills to see how you can use your tools to completely transform yourself from head to toe. Bonus idea: loot your closet for the perfect finishing touch – fake black blood not included.

5. Bailey Sarian – Mystery & Makeup: The Night Stalker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZkXDuKto_Y [/ embed]

Fans of real crime, rejoice! Bailey Sarian regularly posts stories of a true crime story as she applies her makeup in her Murder Mystery Makeup Monday series. This video shows an intense icy blue eye look that takes full advantage of the liquid glitter liner as Sarian discusses Richard Ramirez and his crimes. Watch out beware: these videos are only for an adult audience.

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6. Sharon Needles – COSMO Queens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFLXUE4G3ps [/ embed]

The original spooky queen of our hearts, Sharon Needles, takes her turn in the hit COSMO Queens series Cosmopolitan in this tutorial on the next speed. By slowing down the process, you can follow it as you take off your liner and go for the black and red glittery lip that you wish you could wear to class at least once in your life.

7. Macy Lycan – “daily” easy emo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhMorsN1ynE [/ embed]

Depending on what you find easy, this video might be the perfect first step to experiment with more bold eye looks, while balancing the rest of your steps with simpler, natural-looking accents. This tutorial even includes Urban Decay’s Gash eyeshadow, famously loved by none other than Gerard Way. Macy Lycan has also recreated the ‘Helena’ makeup in another video.

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8. Alice Lockhart – dark makeup for e-girls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4-TSgmBV4 [/ embed]

Lean in on current trends and embrace playing with both your makeup and your hair. While the tutorial looks pretty standard, Alice Lockhart adds extra fake lashes below her eyes to exaggerate the finished product. Delicate hearts complete the eye design, but feel free to experiment with your own shapes and sizes to become your own version of what’s hot right now.

9. Jennifer Chang – simple tutorial for creating galaxies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tBVTqyPp48 [/ embed]

Who doesn’t want their entire face available as a canvas? This Jennifer Chang look is the ultimate example of excessive use of space from ear to ear to create a dreamy purple galaxy. Although you are sometimes concerned about the loss of eyeshadow under or around your eyes, it would be almost therapeutic to use a large soft brush to take the color beyond the usual limits. Adding extra sparkle to the lips or eyebrows is optional, but we think this look can handle it.

10. Jackie Wyers – Harley Quinn Birds of prey make up explanation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXBXri7sWhU [/ embed]

A bit of good news that has recently come out of the world is that theatrical releases are available via streaming ahead of schedule. Birds of prey might be on your list to check out then, and what better way to get into the Harley Quinn mood to give her classic look a try? Master this look from Jackie Wyers and you are ready to order the matching clothing and accessories to complete your transformation.