The Prettiest Holiday Makeup For Witchy Girls

Photographed by Franey Miller

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It’s now December, which means our calendars are likely filled to the brim with holiday-related events of all sorts for the next few weeks. But just because we’ll be hopping from one festive dinner to another festive party, doesn’t mean we need to douse ourselves in glitter and rock a bright red lip. What about holiday makeup looks for those of us that lean slightly toward the darker side?

Witchy girls, rejoice. We’ve compiled six looks to help you achieve pretty—but definitely not typical—holiday makeup creations, so you can let your goth flag fly. Makeup artist Clara Rae tells us how to perfect our witchy vibes well throughout the holidays, and what typical, glitzy holiday makeup trends we can finally ditch.

Click through the gallery below for a little bit of mystery, a little bit of sultriness, and just the right amount of grunge for that soiree you'll inevitably have to attend.

Photographer: Franey Miller
Stylist: Sam Bates
Makeup: Clara Rae
Hair: Jeanie Syfu
Hair Assistant: Kyia Jones
Manicurist: Tori Huang
Models: Lara at Heroes, Arselidja at Muse, Danielle at IMG

Photo by Franey Miller

Skip the classic red lip
While a classic red lip is, well, classic, it’s definitely a bit overdone during the holidays. For all of the goth babes out there, Rae recommends opting for a deep, almost black shade of matte burgundy or dark plum lip color rather than a fire engine red.

M.A.C, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in ‘High Drama, $21, available at M.A.C Cosmetics.

Danielle is wearing an Ellery dress and Diesel top.

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."