In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker created the iconic rainbow flag by dyeing and stitching eight pieces of fabric together — all by hand. “[The LGBTQ community] needed something beautiful, something from us,” the late artist said in a 2015 interview with the Museum Of Modern Art. “The rainbow is so perfect because it really fits our diversity in terms of race, gender, ages, all of those things. Plus, it’s a natural flag — it’s from the sky!”
Nearly four decades later Baker’s symbol remains the primary representation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and many other individuals around the globe. It’s also constantly reimagined in a multitude of creative and practical ways — T-shirts, scarves, even Skittles-flavored ice cream!
Our favorite, of course, is the creative and beautiful makeup looks flooding our feeds right now. Turns out, donning a rainbow flag on your lids or lips can be just the right type of self expression that both shows support for, and celebrates, Pride Month.
For those of you who want to indulge in a little colorful creativity, we’ve gathered a few inspiring looks we think would be perfect to wear to your city’s celebrations. Check ’em out in the slides ahead.
In honor of Pride Month, actress Sophia Bush asked hairstylist Chad Wood to transform her into a being straight out of My Little Pony, complete with colorful extensions and a whole lotta glitter.
Make like beauty blogger Manny MUA and craft an intricate rainbow eye look…
Sure, Vanessa Hudgens may have sported this look to the Moschino fashion show last week, but we think her rainbow-tinged eye by makeup artist Allan Avendaño would be perfect to wear at Pride.
Makeup artist Lauren Leonard created a cut crease inspired by the rainbow flag.
You can’t go wrong with a rainbow smoky eye.
If only we could flex our art muscles à la beauty blogger Ryan Potter.
Pair your rainbow eye look with black lipstick for even more impact.
Makeup artist Mai-Ly takes her rainbow smoky eye to the next level by blending the color in a diffused, winged-out shape.
Proof that your eyes aren’t your only canvas.
We’ll be picking our jaws off the floor now…
Now this is what you call perfectly blended makeup.
The colorful lashes add a beautiful touch to this soft rainbow smoky eye…
Or opt for a tightlined cat-eye, too.
We love all the colorful freckles hitting the parades.
Heeey, we recognize that makeup store uniform…
Talk about bold brows.
Who needs makeup when you have craft glitter?
Find a smoky eye or bold brow intimidating? We feel you, which is why we love this impactful take on fact paint.
Or veer more avant garde like makeup artist Ruthie Barone.
If you can blend, you can master this gorg ombre look.
Notice that each eye is a bit different, just like an actual rainbow.
When rainbow hair and makeup collide, magic happens.
Spotted: more freckles.
A full-face look that warrants a studio photo.
Pair colorful freckles with a gilded lip for instant polish.
When in doubt, add glitter!
Soft, flattering, and perfectly blended.
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