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The Rockstar Girlfriend Make Up Trend

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On the JJ Barnes Blog, I discover the Rockstar Girlfriend make up trend and what products help achieve the look.

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Ever dreamt of channeling your inner rock goddess? Forget the dainty florals and soft shimmers, because the latest makeup trend is all about unleashing your fierce, edgy side – welcome to the Rockstar Girlfriend era! Think smoky eyes, bold lips, and a touch of grunge, all perfectly blended to create a look that’s equal parts cool and captivating.

The statement and expression of individuality that the look exudes is perfect for whether you’re headed to a concert, a night out, or simply want to infuse rock-and-roll vibes into your everyday style. Mastering the ‘Rockstar Girlfriend’ makeup trend is your ticket to turning heads.  

Intrigued but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back! To help me out, trend expert at Wethrift, Nick Drewe, sent over his tips and tricks to achieve the ultimate Rockstar Girlfriend look for any occasion, from mastering the perfect smoky eye to choosing the right lipstick for a statement-making pout.

So, grab your eyeliner, crank up the rock anthems, and get ready to unleash your inner rockstar – the stage is yours, beautiful! Let’s explore the world of smudged kohl, dramatic lashes, and bold lipsticks, and show you how to rock this trend like a true music legend. Get ready to headbang your way to makeup nirvana!

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The Rockstar Girlfriend Make Up Trend

Embrace the bold-eye look

A key aspect of the Rockstar Girlfriend aesthetic is using a combination of eyeliner and eyeshadow to achieve a dark and bold eye look. The classic smoky eye has been a staple part of the makeup scene since the 1920’s, and has been revolutionised throughout the years. 

The smokey eye hashtag has amassed 122.9k posts on TikTok, with beauty connoisseurs taking the aesthetic for the ‘Rockstar Girlfriend’ make-up trend.

For the eyeshadow, opt for a matte black, or any dark matte shade to blend into the eyeliner for a smoky effect. It’s important to prep your eyelids beforehand using a primer so that the eyeshadow stays in place and to promote the longevity of the look. And for the eyeliner, apply a dark brown or black shade to your upper and lower lash lines for a cohesive look. 

How To Do Smoky Eye

Step 1: Prep is Key:

A smooth canvas is crucial for a seamless smoky eye. Start with your usual skincare routine, followed by an eyeshadow primer for better color payoff and longevity.

Step 2: Base & Blend:

Choose a neutral eyeshadow shade (slightly lighter than your skin tone) as your base. Apply it all over your eyelid and up to your brow bone. This creates a smooth foundation for blending.

Step 3: Define the Crease:

Using a medium-toned eyeshadow (think cool browns, greys, or taupes), define your crease. Apply it in the crease of your lid and blend upwards and outwards towards your brow bone. Use a fluffy blending brush for a seamless transition.

Step 4: Smoke it Up:

Here comes the drama! Choose a darker eyeshadow shade for the smokey effect. Popular options include black, dark brown, charcoal, or plum. Apply it close to your lashline, focusing on the outer corner and gradually diffusing it upwards and outwards. Blend, blend, blend! This is where you create the signature “smoky” effect.

Step 5: Deepen the Outer Corner:

For extra intensity, use an even darker eyeshadow shade or eyeliner to deepen the outer corner of your eye. Blend it seamlessly into the existing smoke.

Step 6: Line & Define:

Tightline your upper and lower lashlines with a kohl pencil or eyeliner for added definition. You can also create a winged liner for extra oomph.

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Voluminous mascara

With Pinterest trend searches for volume lashes up 110%, the long lash phenomenon is the current key step in every ‘it girls’ makeup routine. 

If volumising mascara isn’t enough, you can take it further by adding individual or strip lashes to add even more length. 

Prep is Key:

  • Start clean: Ensure your lashes are free of mascara residue and other makeup for optimal mascara grip.
  • Curl those beauties: Gently curl your lashes with an eyelash curler for a lifted and open-eyed look. Hold the curler for a few seconds at the base, middle, and tip of your lashes.

Mascara Magic:

  • Choose the right wand: Consider the shape and size of your lashes. Thicker wands are great for volume, while thinner ones offer more precision.
  • Wiggle and waggle: Don’t just swipe! Gently wiggle the mascara wand from the base of your lashes to the tips in a zig-zag motion to coat each lash evenly.
  • Layer it up: Apply two to three thin coats, waiting a few seconds between each to avoid clumping. Focus on the outer lashes for a dramatic cat-eye effect.
  • Don’t forget the bottom: Apply a light layer of mascara to your bottom lashes for a complete look.

Pro Tips:

  • Use a lash primer: This creates a smooth base for mascara and prevents clumping.
  • Dust with powder: After applying the first coat of mascara, dust a light layer of translucent powder on your lashes with a clean brush. This helps absorb excess mascara and prevents smudging, allowing you to build more volume.
  • Separate with a lash comb: Use a clean lash comb to separate any clumps and define your lashes.
  • Waterproof wonders: If you have naturally straight or oily lashes, consider a waterproof formula for added hold and curl retention.

Choose a complementing lip combo

Celebs like Kourtney Kardashian Barker and Megan Fox are notorious for embracing heavier eye-makeup for a more day-to-day go-to. A way to play it down is by pairing it with a subtle nude lip colour and a visible lip liner. 

For those wanting to be more out there, and go full rockstar for a more grunge make-up aesthetic, using a bold colour on the lips is the way to go. You can customise your lips however you please to achieve a more personalised look.

Prepping Your Pout:

  • Exfoliate: Buff away dry skin with a gentle lip scrub for a smooth canvas.
  • Hydrate: Apply a lip balm to keep your lips moisturized and prevent cracking.
  • Prime: Use a lip primer to boost lipstick wear time and prevent feathering.

Lining for Definition:

  • Choose your shade: Select a lip liner that’s several shades darker than your chosen nude lipstick, but still within the same color family (e.g., brown liner for a beige nude).
  • Define with precision: Sharpen your lip liner and outline your lips slightly outside their natural line, focusing on creating a fuller pout. Keep the lines sharp for a bold effect or soften them with a brush for a diffused look.

Nude Perfection:

  • Find your match: Choose a nude lipstick that flatters your skin tone. Consider matte finishes for a modern look or glossy for a touch of glamour.
  • Apply with care: Use a lip brush for precise application, filling in your lips within the outlined shape.
  • Blend the edges: Gently blend the lip liner and lipstick at the edges to create a seamless transition.
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Sculpt the cheekbones 

Last but certainly not least, when focusing on the cheekbones, it’s important to use contour correctly to get a more sculpted face. As the trend takes inspiration from 90’s model icons, like Pamela Anderson and Kate Moss, you want to give off a more stern look. 

Take a contour a few shades darker than your skin tone and place on the cheekbones with a sculpting brush and build up the colour. It’s important to make the cheeks look naturally chiselled. You can use a highlighter and apply it to the higher points of your face. This includes the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the cupid’s bow, and the centre of your forehead. 

How To Do It

  1. Smile and locate: Smile to find the hollows of your cheeks. This is where you’ll apply the contour.
  2. Apply and blend: Apply the contour product in a C-shape from your temple, down to the hollow, and back up towards your jawline. Blend outwards and upwards towards your temple for a seamless transition.
  3. Less is more: Start with a light amount and build gradually. You can always add more, but removing excess can be tricky.
  4. Highlighter magic (optional): Apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and cupid’s bow to emphasize your features. Blend well!

Pro Tips:

  • Suck in your cheeks: This helps pinpoint the exact placement of the contour.
  • Use a light hand: Remember, blending is key! Avoid harsh lines.
  • Match your contour to your foundation: Ensure your contour shade doesn’t clash with your base makeup.
  • Consider your face shape: For round faces, focus contouring on the outer edges. For long faces, blend upwards to shorten the appearance.
  • Practice makes perfect: Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t look perfect the first time. Experiment and find what works best for you.


So there you have it, dolls! The Rockstar Girlfriend makeup trend is your invitation to unleash your inner rebel, embrace bold colors and textures, and rock a look that’s as unique as you are. Remember, this trend isn’t about following strict rules; it’s about expressing yourself with confidence and having fun with makeup.

Whether you choose a smoky eye with a bold lip or a graphic liner with a touch of glitter, don’t be afraid to experiment and find what makes you feel powerful and glamorous. And with the product recommendations we’ve shared, you have all the tools you need to create your own rockstar-worthy masterpiece.

So crank up the music, grab your makeup brushes, and let your inner rockstar shine through! Remember, the stage is yours, and the only rule is to be bold, be beautiful, and be you. Until next time, stay glam, stay rebellious, and keep rocking the makeup world!

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