1. This is Siouxsie Sioux.
She’s the gorgeous frontwoman of legendary goth-pop band Siouxsie and the Banshees, which rose to popularity in the 1980s. Her signature makeup look was outré to say the least, and widely copied by adoring acolytes through the ’80s and beyond. It’s quite a complicated look — obviously that eyeliner takes a lot of work! But this maximalist makeup is completely doable as long as you take it one step at a time. Here’s how.
2. Get your products together and let’s begin!
I used L’Oreal Super Liner 24H Waterproof Gel Liner in Black, Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Pencil in White, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in White, L’Oreal De-crease Eyeshadow Primer, L’Oréal Wear Infinité Studio Secrets Professional Eye Shadow in Lush Raven, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia.
3. First, dot eyeshadow primer on your upper and lower eye areas.
Pat it in with your ring finger to avoid tugging at the fragile skin around your eyes. You’re going to be using basically an entire drugstore’s worth of eye makeup, so using primer ensures that it’ll apply without creasing and stay put throughout the witching hour and into the darkness of the night.
4. Get plenty of jet-black gel eyeliner onto the tip of an angled liner brush.
You’re going to be overdrawing your eyebrows into huge, opaque geometric lines, and you’ll need this kind of heavy-duty product to do it — brow powder or pencil simply isn’t going to cut it when you’re channeling the Queen of All Gothdom, where pitch-blackness is essential.
5. Then, starting at the line of the bridge of your nose, draw straight, thick lines outward.
And don’t stop until you hit your temple (of doom). Make the line slightly thinner as you get to the end of your eye area, but no arching allowed. The goal here is to exaggerate a very serious expression. Yes, it looks bizarre, but being a totally beautiful freak of nature is exactly the point here.
6. Oh, and IMPORTANT: Keep a good stock of makeup removing solution or cloths on hand!
When you’re dealing with eye makeup this elaborate, you’re bound to encounter some uneven lines or smearing throughout. No big deal — just make sure to clean up as you go along, and the end result will be precisely as regal-looking as Siouxsie would have it herself.
7. Using a white eye pencil, line your waterline and bottom lash line heavily.
This makes the whites of your eyes appear enormous and provides a pop art-style contrast to all the black makeup you’re about to ring them with. You’re essentially trying to look like a way broodier version of a Lichtenstein girl.
8. And continue to make them appear even more cartoonishly enormous by adding shadow around the line.
Apply it past the inner corner of your eye. And it’s okay if it’s a tiny bit rough around the edges! You’ll be drawing eyeliner around the shadow, which will cover it up. Feel free to go a little nuts here to ensure you’ll look as much like a comic book drawing of a hot villainess as possible in the end.
9. Now start applying the same gel liner as you used on your brows to the lower rim of your eyes.
Start by lining slightly below the inner corner of your eye, then following the natural shape of your eye more tightly to the lash line as you draw it outward.
10. And extend it in a subtle upward motion just past your eye, but take it kind of easy for now.
The major cat-eye action comes later, so be a little withholding with your liner for the moment, because it’s the last time you’ll be able to as you continue with your Siouxsification.
11. Line the top by painting the inner part way down past the lower corner of your eye, then tracing your eye shape more thickly as you work toward the other end.
Once you get to the outside of your eye, connect the bottom line to the top more distinctly by coloring a little triangle in the space just outside of the two.
12. Okay, now steel yourself, because you’re about to go to extreme lengths with your cat eye.
Carefully sweep your angled brush upwards and outwards. You’re going for the most famously maxed-out statement liner of all time save for Cleopatra, so keep your motions slow and precise in order to make sure you do it proper justice.
13. Curve the end of the line up just past your weirdly straight eyebrow, ending it in a slight point.
Be sure that the shape of your two lines match once you’re done, since this is the part of your look that’s going to stand out the most and you want it to be flawless.
14. Using black shadow, draw tiny l’il triangles on the inside of your inner brow bone.
This adds to the overall graphic effect of your eye makeup and also generally just looks rad as fuck.
15. Now trace the outside of the entire top line with black shadow to soften it up and add some depth.
Because what could be deeper than Siouxsie Sioux? And as you can see here, the top of my eye got a little smudged as I was doing this step, which is exactly why you need makeup remover on hand to touch up as you go, because nobody’s perfect (except possibly Siouxsie herself). After your shadow’s in place, add mascara to finish.
16. And you’re done! Now revel in your very own batty, Siouxsie-style glamor.
For added Banshee effect, pair your bonkers eyes with dark red lipstick. Then strike roughly ten million extra-dramatic poses, because for most of us, this isn’t exactly an everyday look — when are you ever going to look this insane-slash-incredible again? All you have left to do now is have fun freaking people out on the sidewalk (and maybe master the following dance moves). Enjoy!