How to Do Indie Makeup

Written by rebecca l. willford
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How to Do Indie Makeup
Indie make-up is very easy to apply (young beauty music girl with guitar image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Indie means independent. Although independence implies an element of uniqueness, a number of similarities characterise the style and make-up of an "indie chick." As seen on celebrities such as Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins, indie make-up is typically natural and lived-in with a slightly smoky eye.

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Things you need

  • Skin primer
  • Tinted moisturiser
  • Creme blush
  • Black kohl
  • Cotton swab
  • Black mascara
  • Tinted lip balm

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  1. 1

    Apply primer onto the skin with your fingers using downward strokes for a smoother effect. Indie make-up is very natural and lived in, using skin primer will even out your skin tone and reduce the need for heavy foundation.

  2. 2

    Apply the tinted moisturiser to your face in downward strokes. Use a tinted moisturiser in a shade to match your natural skin tone; otherwise, you run the risk of looking too "made-up" and mainstream.

  3. 3

    Dab the creme blusher onto the area of your cheeks where you would naturally blush using your fingers.

  4. 4

    Rub the kohl pencil between your fingers to warm the tip, which makes the pencil easier to apply. Apply the kohl pencil directly across the top and bottom lash line. Draw the lines in a messy fashion; the make-up is meant to look 'lived-in' and messy.

  5. 5

    Smudge the eyeliner using a cotton swab. Reapply and smudge the eyeliner until you are happy with the intensity of the effect. Coat your eyelashes with mascara.

  6. 6

    Apply a lightly tinted lip balm to your lips. This will add a subtle hint of colour to your face.

Tips and warnings

  • To complete the indie make-up look, put on a pair of geek glasses to frame your eyes.
  • Don't overdo the hair styling. Keeping hair natural and tousled will complement your lived-in make-up.

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