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 rainbow Ikea bags.
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.
Double up on the eyeliner by trying a rainbow iteration of the floating crease
— two is always better than one, right?
Make like beauty blogger Manny MUA and craft an intricate rainbow eye look.
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.
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.
The colorful lashes add a beautiful touch to this soft rainbow smoky eye...
Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you could opt for a tightlined cat-eye.
We love all the colorful freckles hitting the parades.
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.
Soft, flattering, and perfectly blended.
Now this is our idea of a Pride superhero.
Another peak example of the bold brow.
We're seriously digging this softly diffused rainbow eye.
Your eyes don't have to be your only canvas...
We love these heart-shaped rainbow freckles.
If there's any time to break out the lilac lipstick, it's right now.
When in doubt, just add glitter.
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.
Need a full routine? Here's your step-by-step — rainbow eye included.
Although this will take a little longer than your usual black cat-eye, it's so worth it.