June is Pride Month! Throughout the US, major (and minor!) cities will be celebrating the LGBT+ community with a variety of events. Are you heading to a parade? A dance? A cookout? No matter what you’re planning on doing, you’ll want people to see you express yourself. Most clothing stores have put their rainbow attire front and center. That doesn’t have to be the only way to show out for pride. Read more to find out 11 beauty ideas to celebrate.
Rainbow Lips If you’re someone with a very very steady hand, lip art will impress whatever crowd you’re in. This can be done with whatever your favorite lip color tool is – lipstick, lip gloss, lip crayons. It doesn’t matter if the lines are vertical or horizontal, both let you share your pride with a smile.
Ombre Eye Shadow Eye shadow is always a nice way to make your eyes pop. And no matter your skill level, there’s probably a tutorial out there to help you perfect your eye makeup. Why not learn how to do an ombre style? This is a great way to elevate colored lids. Bonus: there’s an unlimited assortment of fake lashes that can enhance this awesome look.
Body Art Do you have face paint in your home? Maybe a misplaced palette from Halloween that had more than just black and white? If you’re at a parade with friends, it can be super fun to have matching symbols or designs on your faces. Body paint is also a medium loved by those who are confident and aren’t afraid to show some skin.
Hair Flags Pride flags can be found in every size imaginable. Obviously, it’s cheaper and easier to buy small than large. Those smaller flags can then be incorporated into your hair style. Don’t worry, this isn’t just for people who have hair that’s easy to pull into a ponytail. Flags can be put in 4c hair modeling the style of a pick style or with clips. If you have braids, find a safe way to slip a flag within them.
Colored Hair It’s a well-known fact that light hair is easier to dye than dark hair. Of course, that doesn’t mean those of us with black hair can’t find bleach or a colored dye at a local hair supply store. But if you don’t want to risk the possible hair damage, wigs, weaves, and braids will always be your friend. Many companies that sell synthetic extensions offer them in a variety of colors and ombre styles. You can also find extension clips to integrate into looser hair. Another good alternative to add color is using hair chalk, hair wax or hair paint.
Marbled Nail Polish Nails are a blank canvass that allow you to do virtually anything artistic. Skilled nail technician are a godsend and can create art beyond your imagination. If you’re someone who prefers to do your nails yourself, your choices range from simpler multicolored nails to complex drawings and designs. A cool thing to try is marbling. No two nails will come out the same, coincidentally reflecting the diversity within our community.
Pride Jewelry For any type of jewelry that exists, there’s a version of it that celebrates being LGBT+. From necklaces and bracelets, to crowns and septum rings, if you can imagine it, you’ll can find it somewhere. If you have to be more muted about your identity whether it’s because you’re in a professional environment or because you’re around people you’re not comfortable with, take comfort in having a small item on your body that represents who are. And if you’re in a space that lets you be as loud as you dare, go ahead and cover yourself with the jewelry you love!
Buttons Pin-back buttons might have initially used for political campaigns, but they’re used now to show more than your support of an election candidate. Buttons are a great accessory for jackets, bags, and even hats. There are different companies online that offer custom or mass-produced buttons. Why not find a vintage pin to fall in love with?
Custom Shirt You are the only person in the world who knows what being LGBT+ means to you. Despite the variety of pride shirts that you can find at your local clothing store or online, as a Black person you might realize that none of them fully capture who you are. Custom shirts are an easy solution! They can be done using iron-on paper, fabric markers, or even custom ordered from a print shop. Don’t be afraid to be loud about who you are.
Flag Cape Okay, yes, if you’ve gone to any pride parade ever, you’ve either seen someone wear their flag as a cape or done it yourself. Did you know there’s a newer rainbow flag made with Black & brown people in mind? In 2017, Philadelphia, PA adopted a new flag. It includes a black stripe and a brown stripe above the rest of the colors of the rainbow. The campaign states “In 1978, artist Gilbert Baker designed the original rainbow flag. An iconic symbol of LGBTQ+ unity. So much has happened since then. A lot of good, but there’s more we can do. Especially when it comes to recognizing people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. To fuel this important conversation, we’ve expanded the colors of the flag to include black and brown. It may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community.