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With a new season, you can always expect there to be new beauty trends. At the moment, we can’t help but notice that the halo eye makeup trend is popping up everywhere. Also known as “spotlight eyes,” this new statement eye makeup look is all about strategically placing eye shadow around your eyes to fake a bigger, brighter gaze. Want to learn how to rock this glow-y beauty trend? We’ve got you! Read our step-by-step halo eye makeup tutorial below.
To get the look, you essentially want to put a swipe of one shade in the middle of both your upper and lower lid, surrounded by a contrasting color on each side to create a halo effect. Sounds easy enough, but it actually takes a little prep work to perfect. Grab your makeup bag and follow along!
To begin, you want to create a smooth base on which to apply your eye makeup. So, your first step should be applying an eye primer to prep the surface of your lids for the shadow to come. If you don’t have primer on hand, you can use a dab of foundation. When applying primer, make sure to blend the product out from your upper lash line all the way up to your brow to help ensure your entire look stays in place.
Since the main focus of a halo eye shadow look is your lids, you don’t want your crease to cause a distraction. Stick with a light neutral color in your crease, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Pearl.
Depending on the color scheme you choose to go with, swipe a medium shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Pain Au Chocolat, onto the inner and outer thirds of your upper and lower lids. To help ensure that your application is light-handed and not too harsh, use a fluffy eye shadow brush for the upper lids and a smaller, tapered brush on the lower lids.
To give your look more dimension, use a small, tapered blending brush to dab a small amount of a darker, complementary color into your crease. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Violet Beaute will pair nicely with your chocolate-y shadow.
To give the appearance of rounder eyes, you want to use a lighter, bright color in the center of your upper and lower lids, sandwiched between the two darker sections of shadow. The focal point of this entire look is on that pop of brightness, so make sure to pick a color that really shines. Try the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach. Once you’ve applied it, make sure to blend the spots where it meets your darker shadows so that it looks like a natural transition and not a harsh demarcation.
Using that same light shade, apply the slightest amount of highlight to the inner corners of your eyes to really brighten them up for a wide-awake effect.
Continue with the glam factor and create a thin cat eye using the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
With a look this good, it would be a crime to not give your lashes some love too! Apply a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara in Blackest Black to give your lashes voluptuous volume and intense length.
Voila! You now look positively angelic and totally on trend! Enjoy experimenting with all the colors that can really make this halo eye makeup look stand out. Want another fun eye makeup trend to try? Head over to our article, How to Create a Negative Space Cut Crease.