9 Mardi Gras makeup looks to get you inspired for the weekend
It’s gay Christmas - let’s celebrate!
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / February 22 2023
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And by the most wonderful time of the year, we mean Mardi Gras (AKA gay Christmas).
This is not the time to play it fashionably 'safe' people, so pull out your most risque looks, plaster your face in glitter and bright eyeshadow, and fly your rainbow flags high, because we’re celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community with pride.
Soak up some inspo before you hit the rainbow-painted pavement this weekend and enjoy this colourful collection of makeup goodness to whet your appetite before festivities kick off.
Look, we know not everyone has the ability to create an outlandish makeup look with just a few shades of eyeshadow. That’s why gemstones are going to be your very best friend this Mardi Gras. Stick to a glam look you can trust, and lay down a galaxy of shimmering stones all over your face and decolletage.
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We're not going to lie to you — this look is not for beginners. But if you have a steady hand, a liquid liner full of ink, and a few swarovski crystals lying around, you should definitely give this eye look a crack.
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Euphoria queen Zendaya is always a source of inspiration when it comes to far out makeup looks. Makeup artist Raoul Alejandre created this intergalactic dream of a makeup moment for the Dune premiere and we’ve been keeping it in our saved folder ever since for special occasions just like this.
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As far as decades go, the ‘80s are rife with excellent Mardi Gras makeup fodder. Embrace the blown-out, rich eyeshadow looks of the time during this year’s festival and channel your inner Dynasty b*tch.
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Fairy princess is a mainstay theme for Mardi Gras as far as we’re concerned. We’re channeling the energy of a mystical woodland nymph during gay Christmas and if anyone tries to stop us we’re casting spells. Pinky promise.
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Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.