Indie Style Punk Beauty Tips

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Indie Style Punk Beauty Tips
The indie punk culture has a number of fashion styles. (androgynous goth image by TA Craft Photography from

One of the most popular fashion trends today is the indie punk style. There are a variety of sub-styles within the indie punk culture, with some characteristics consistent across sub-styles.

Hair Style

There are a number of hair styles in the indie punk subculture. A popular style is a Marilyn Monroe-type haircut. The look exemplifies vintage pin-up hair style with soft curls. Another alternative hair style for both men and women are dreadlocks. Dreadlocks are sometimes hard to maintain, but the stigma as "dirty" held by the style over the years has dwindled. Another classic hair style is a mohawk. This look has been part of the punk culture since the late 1970s, with several variations including: liberty spikes, a mohawk with each unit of hair spiked like the crown on the Statue of Liberty; or the reverse mohawk which has a shaved cut line in the middle of the hair line.


Make-up is not exclusively for women in the indie punk subculture--especially true in the gothic, or goth, subculture. Dark eyeliner may be used around the eyes and is supplemented with a pale skin complexion, often created by the use of a light foundation or face powder. Another make-up style for women in the indie subculture coincides with the pin-up or burlesque revival. This make-up style utilises mascara and black eye shadow heavily to create a 1920s look for young women.

Finally, women can utilise make-up to create a "grunge" indie look. The grunge look saw its height in the early 1990s, but women still recreate the fashion aesthetics of this movement. The signature look of grunge make-up is slightly smudged and dark eyeshadow around the eyes. Lipstick is seldom used for a grunge look, with the exception of a nude or very light colour.


Clothing styles within the indie punk culture vary immensely. The clothing and accessories complement the man or woman in the specific subculture. For example, men or women who define themselves as goth might wear fishnets or black and red leather. A "rockabilly" or vintage presentation may be chosen with items such as pencil skirts and bandannas.

Vintage clothing has always been popular in the indie hipster subculture. Items from the 1950s and '60s have made a comeback, worn by both men and women.

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