Eye Makeup

How to Create a Sunset Eye

Summer is the perfect time to incorporate bright colors into your makeup routine. And what better way to add a little color to your face than by mimicking one of summer’s favorite views: a beautiful sunset? Sunset eyes have become an increasingly popular makeup trend across social media feeds—and for good reason! The vibrant orange and purple statement eye is everything we love about summer nights all wrapped into one eye-catching makeup look. The best part is that this particular eye makeup trend doesn’t require professional MUA skills to bring to life. That’s right—as long as you have the right colors on hand, you’ll be able to rock the beautiful sunset eye makeup trend.


Follow along with the below tutorial to create a gorgeous sunset eye that’s seasonally appropriate.

What you’ll need:

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Purple

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Petite Perle

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Prime your lids

The best way to create a statement eye that stays put through everything your day has in store is to start off with eye primer. If you don’t have an eye makeup primer handy, you can dab a bit of foundation or concealer onto your lids to help smooth things out for easier eye makeup application and even wear throughout the day.

Step 2: Create a light base

Once your lids are primed, you can begin your sunset eye look. The best way to create a multi-tonal eye is to start by applying the lightest color first. That way, when you apply a darker color over it, it will be easier to blend with less likelihood of getting a muddy finish. So, use shade #3 in your eye shadow palette all over your lid. Extend the color out past the corner of your eye in a winged fashion—and also go a bit higher than your lid on the outer corner of your eye before gradually slimming to the lid towards the inner corner.

Step 3: Add depth to your sunset

Using shade #8 in your eye shadow palette, coat your lid to create depth and dimension to your look.

Step 4: Shade your under-eye area

Now that the sun of your eye is complete, it’s time to amp up the purple cotton candy sky vibes under your eye. To get the look, use a purple eyeliner to line under your eyes. Use an eyeliner brush to gently blend the purple hue outwards to help create a soft shadow effect just under your eye that follows the shape of your winged upper lid.

Step 5: Highlight your inner corners and eyebrow bones

To add a touch more dimension to your statement sunset eye, dust the tiniest bit of pearl eye shadow in the inner corner of your eye and just under the tail of your eyebrows.

Step 6: Create a wing tip

Just because your eye shadow application is complete doesn’t mean your entire makeup look is. Nope, next up is a killer wing tip to tie your look together. Use a black liquid eyeliner to line from just inside your inner corner out past your eye in a subtle flick. Make sure that your flicks align in the middle of where the upper orange and bottom purple colors collide.

Step 7: Finish with mascara

No statement eye is complete without a coat of volumizing mascara. To take your gorgeous sunset eye look to the next level, reach for a tube of volumizing mascara and apply a coat.

Many people say nothing’s more gorgeous than a summer sunset, which basically means you’re about to turn a whole lot of heads with your new fave makeup look. For more head-turning makeup ideas, check out our article, How to Wear Metallic Lipstick This Summer.