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Autumn Fall Winter 2008 Catwalk Beauty Trend Glam Soft Goth Grunge. Bargain Buys Credit Crunch Recession Beauty on Cheap

How To: Bargain Beauty Grunge Goth

Grunge goth beauty was never supposed to be about the money, so what's with this season's Glam Goth makeup looks (not to mention clothes, thanks Luella) costing so much? I'm not one for scrimping and saving on makeup, but as we are sliding into a recession it makes sense to worry our pretty little heads about prices, every now and then.

Cue my credit crunch-friendly pick of the best products to get autumn/winter's soft goth look, on the cheap. At my sister, the Blonde's, punk party last weekend, I tested the high street's selection of gothic offerings, putting them through their paces with a night that included not only jumping on the sofa to the Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated, but also making, consuming and then cleaning up after numerous vodka jellies. Yes, my nail polish was chipped, but that black eyeshadow didn't budge.

Simply read more to find out which budget buys made the grade:

  • EYE LINER Dark, coal-black eyes are the mainstay of this look and I tested the superb Boots Natural Collection Liquid Eye Lines, (£1.99) The colour was glossy and severe, plus it looked freshly applied all night (and the next morning) long. Ten out of ten.
  • NAILS We all wore Rimmel 60 Second nail varnish, in Black Out, (£1.99) and it chipped to varying degrees. The Blonde's nails looked suitably chipped and tatty after a day of cleaning the house, pre-party, whilst mine chipped after about 24 hours, which is not great but I quite liked the Olsen twin-esque grunge appeal. The polish is super-shiny too, like black vinyl, and it really does dry in 60 seconds.
  • LIPS Finding a black lipstick on the cheap proved super-tricky. Me and the Australian Peaches Geldof trawled the high street and finally found the incredibly bargainous Superdrug Miss Sporty lipstick in Extreme Black, (£1.99). I wish I has something nice to say it about it but frankly even Sid Vicious would have been disappointed with the texture and application. It was patchy and thin. Finally, I layered it with a more expensive plum lipstick, (£14) Lip Sheer by Bobbi Brown, which created a dramatic, goth lip.
  • EYE SHADOW I copied the models at the Lanvin show, and applied black shadow right up to my brows, and wide across the cheekbones. In truth, I looked like a grungy alien, so this is perhaps best for fancy dress only. Boots No17 shadow, in Darkness, (£2.99), was slightly chalky in texture, but applied thickly, in layers, it had the right dramatic vibe. Plus it lasted extremely well with no creasing or flaking.
  • FACE A whiter shade of pale is the aim of the game, goth-wise. Go for one to two shades lighter than your usual foundation and skip the blusher. Max Factor Flawless Perfect Foundation, (£12.99), in the palest shade, Cream Ivory, made me look other-worldly but not like a clown.
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