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With every new season comes new beauty trends, and as the weather warms up, 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.
To get the look, you essentially want to put a swipe of one shade in the middle of both your upper and lower lid and surround it 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. To teach you how to rock this glow-y beauty trend, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial below. 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, fully blending it in. When applying eye primer or foundation, make sure to blend the product in from your lash line all the way up to your brow to help ensure your entire look stays in place.
Since the main focus of the halo eye makeup look is tailored around your lids, you don’t want your crease to cause a distraction. For the perfect blend, use a light neutral color, 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 and hold it closer to the end—instead of like a pencil—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 pairs nicely with Pain Au Chocolat.
To give the appearance of rounder eyes, you want to use a bright, lighter color in the center of your upper and lower lids, sandwiched between the two darker sections. 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 it seamlessly into the darker colors 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 appeal.
Continue with the glam factor and line your eye shadow with a thin cat eye using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party.
With a look this good, it would be a crime to not give your lashes some love, too! Apply a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara to finish things off.
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.