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If you want to make a statement, why not try going scene? The scene look is a fashion subculture that combines elements of Goth and punk aesthetics in clothing, hair and makeup styles. Perhaps the most striking “look at me!” aspect of scene composition is the eye look. You can do a few variations on this never-subtle makeup style for a hard finish to your look.

Basic Black Liner

Scene eye makeup is characterized by a super thick black eyeliner that covers both the top and the bottom of the eye. For an exact scene look, start with this and don’t be subtle about it. You do, however, want to be tidy (one of the main differences between scene makeup and goth or emo). Apply the makeup in four strokes; one for each bottom line, one for each top. Start from the inside of the eye and move outward in a fluid movement. The good news? If your angle is just a bit off, it’s okay; you can make the lines thicker. Also, bear in mind that a thick makeup pencil, or a thick eye makeup brush, is a must.

Shaped Liner

Once you’ve mastered the art of giving yourself a basic tidy, but thick, scene eyeliner look, you can start to play with the shape of it a bit. Some view eye looks have shapes that arch up to a point on the outside edge, maybe a feathery series of points, or intricate lines that look like filigree. You might try making the top eyeliner line intentionally thicker than the bottom or taper that compact shape at either end. Whatever you decide to do, the best way to master a more complex design is to outline it with a thin pencil, then fill in with a more liquid makeup.

Multi-Tone Color

One common variation on the scene eye makeup design is to combine the dramatic black eyeliner with some vivid eyeshadow color. This can range from a subtle, single color dusting just above the upper eyelashes to a bright, multi-color design that imitates animal prints or stripes. To add color to your design, simply follow this rule: apply the color first, then do the black eyeliner shapes over the top to ensure that those lines are vivid and that the black doesn’t blur into the color.

Subtle Eye

If you want to bring a more subtle version of the scene look into your day-to-day makeup, just do the same stuff…only smaller. Bear in mind, though; this will be subtle compared to standard scene makeup, but still big and bold compared to regular makeup. For this look, use a thin, black pencil or liquid liner with a thin brush. Apply generously to the upper and lower lids of your eyes; use four fluid strokes, moving from inside to outside. Finish with black or dark blue eyeshadow on the lids only.

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