Earlier this month Illamasqua asked people to create and share a goth makeup look in memory of the 10th anniversary of Sophie Lancasters death.
If you don’t know the story about Sophie, I urge you to watch BBC Three’s “Murdered for Being Different”.
In short, Sophie was a goth and she was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend, for being different. Sadly Sophie did not survive but in reading the stories when it happened and watching the short film on BBC Three, I think you would be challenged not to warm to her. To know she didn’t deserve what happened to her.
I am a huge fan of Illamasqua makeup and the story of Sophie Lancaster really stuck out to me. They have supported this cause from the beginning and that really resonates with me. A brand that truly cares.
Remembering so clearly when it happened and in my own curiousity, I was keen to ‘goth up’. I wanted to see if I felt different.
Growing up, it was the scene kids and emos who were all the rage, we didn’t really encounter goths. I felt different enough adopting those looks even though there were huge groups of us. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live in a closed minded city where you really did stand out.
This is my take on the goth look. Obviously I still have colour on my face, I couldn’t completely remove that element of being me. This wasn’t to create a harsh theatrical goth makeup look at someone elses expense, my aim was to maintain the wearable factor of it. I would happily wear this look out although it is so much heavier than I have ever worn.
Wearing black and pink eyeshadow is new to me but I really liked it. I was disappointed that the lip colour (NYX Transylvania) was patchy but I felt empowered and fierce with this makeup.
I felt confident.
10 years on and I think attitudes have changed, we embrace peoples differences more. We are more tolerant of different. I am just really sad that Sophie never got the chance to see it.
Donations from every purchase are made to the Sophie Lancaster foundation – Sophie Lancaster Makeup