30 Ways To Show Support For Pride Month — With Your Makeup

Photographed by Nicolas Bloise.
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!"
Forty years 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.
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Our favorite, of course, are the creative and beautiful makeup looks flooding our feeds right now. Turns out that 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.
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In honor of Pride Month, actress Sophia Bush asked hairstylist Chad Wood to transform her into something straight out of My Little Pony, complete with colorful extensions and a whole lot of glitter.
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Make like beauty blogger Manny MUA and craft an intricate rainbow eye look.
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Sure, Vanessa Hudgens may have sported this look to a Moschino fashion show, but we think her rainbow-tinged eye by makeup artist Allan Avendaño would be perfect to wear at Pride.
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Makeup artist Lauren Leonard created a cut crease inspired by the rainbow flag.
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You can't go wrong with a rainbow smoky eye.
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If only we could flex our art muscles à la beauty blogger Ryan Potter.
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Pair your rainbow eye look with black lipstick for even more impact.
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The colorful lashes add a beautiful touch to this soft rainbow smoky eye...
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Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you could opt for a tightlined cat-eye.
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We love all the colorful freckles hitting the parades.
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Talk about bold brows.
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Who needs makeup when you have craft glitter?
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Find a smoky eye or bold brow intimidating? We feel you, which is why we love this impactful take on fact paint.
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Or veer more avant-garde, like makeup artist Ruthie Barone.
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If you can blend, you can master this gorgeous ombré look.
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Spotted: more freckles.
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Soft, flattering, and perfectly blended.
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Now this is our idea of a Pride superhero.
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Another peak example of the bold brow.
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We're seriously digging this softly diffused rainbow eye.
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Your eyes don't have to be your only canvas...
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We love these heart-shaped rainbow freckles.
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There's nothing like a candy-coated wig to get you in the spirit.
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If there's any time to break out the lilac lipstick, it's right now.
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When in doubt, just add glitter.
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Pair colorful freckles with a lacquered lip for instant polish.
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If a full face of makeup isn't your thing, go for an ombré strip of liner instead. Don't forget a pop of highlighter on your inner corners to finish off the look.
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Need a full routine? Here's your step-by-step — rainbow eye included.
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Rainbow draping is the only kind of draping we need this month.
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Although this will take a little longer than your usual black cat-eye, it's so worth it.
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