10 Mardi Gras makeup looks that aren’t just glitter

Are you after some sickeningly good looks for Mardi Gras? We got you, boo.

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Whether you're going to be strutting your stuff through the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade or you're planning a viewing party at home, Mardi Gras is a great time to let your makeup freak-flag fly.

It's also the perfect opportunity to play around with some colour. Here are 10 of my favourite Mardi Gras makeup looks. (If you're after outfit ideas, check these out.)

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1. Historic Mardi Gras colours (purple, green and gold)

Mardi Gras takes its name (though not its mission) from the classic New Orleans festival. The official colours for that event are purple, green and gold, and it's a great combo to wear.

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2. Rainbow eyeshadow

The rainbow is the staple symbol of the LGBTQI+ community. Creating one with eyeshadow lets you play with a bunch more colours and get super creative.

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3. Drag makeup

If you've got the confidence to pull it off, then PLEASE go in full drag. And you don't have to be a drag queen to rock this makeup look. The art of drag is for absolutely everyone and the looks can be incredible. As drag legend RuPaul would say: Shantay, you stay.

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4. Glitter freckles

Glitter can be overused (and can pose an environmental threat), but glitter freckles are a cool way to incorporate sparkle and flair. It's also a great look if you're nervous about going big with colour. Stick to the neutrals you know and love but add a little shimmer and sass.

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5. Colour pop eyeliner

Bold colourful eyeliner is one of the hottest makeup trends of 2021 (thanks, Euphoria). It's also a lot easier than doing a seven-shade eye makeup look.

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6. More rainbow stuff

You didn't think I was only going to include one rainbow look, did you? I'm putting this look in here because I'm literally begging for someone to recreate it.

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7. Starry, starry eyebrows

Brows are super important. Create the ultimate statement brow by adding some stars to really bring home that "brows on fleek" look.

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8. Art makeup

Makeup doesn't always have to be applied in the traditional way. There are some killer non-traditional looks on Pinterest to experiment with, including lightning bolts, flowers and my personal favourite, red hot flames!

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9. Glossy eyeshadow

If 2019 gave us anything (besides bad memories) then it was the glossy eyeshadow trend. If it's something you've been wanting to try, then this is the perfect opportunity.

10. Love heart makeup

Let's celebrate LOVE! This is what Mardi Gras is all about, after all. And what better makeup look than this one? It's cute, it's bright, it's fun and it really shares the lurrrrve.

Top beauty picks to inspire you this Mardi Gras

M.A.C Cosmetics M·A·C Art Library: It's Designer
M.A.C Cosmetics M·A·C Art Library: It's Designer

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Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow Disco & Space Mini Set (Limited Edition)
Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow Disco & Space Mini Set (Limited Edition)


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