One quick scroll through your social media feeds will show that colorful eye makeup looks are on-trend. While rainbow eyeshadow and pink and yellow eyeshadow have been leading the pack, there is one look that ups the ante and melds a collection of hues to create one of nature’s best views. We're talking all about sunset eye makeup.
Sunset eyes are an eye-catching makeup look that flaunts orange, pink, gold, and purple shades. All you need are the right essentials to get the ball rolling—no professional MUA skills required. Ahead, we're sharing a step-by-step routine to help you bring sunset makeup to life to spice up your beauty look.
HOW TO DO SUNSET EYESHADOW
It's time to create a long-lasting sunset eyeshadow look. Follow along with this tutorial to create gorgeous sunset eyes.
STEP #1: PRIME YOUR LIDS
The best way to create a long-lasting statement eye is to start with an eye primer. This helps to create an even base and allows your makeup to wear evenly throughout the day. If you don't have an eye makeup primer handy, a bit of foundation or concealer will do the trick.
STEP #2: CREATE A LIGHT BASE
Once your lids are primed, you can begin your sunset eyeshadow look. Start by applying the lightest color first. That way, when you apply a darker color over it, it will be easier to blend without a muddy finish. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Crown Gold and lay it down on your lids as your base.
STEP #3: ADD DEPTH TO YOUR SUNSET
Use an orange eyeshadow to warm up your sunset. Place the orange shade on the outer two-thirds of your lids, carefully blending it with your base shade. Next, reach for a hot pink shadow to go on the outer third. Take the time to blend where your shadows meet to create a seamless gradient effect. Follow up by dusting the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Perpetual Purple into the outer corner and crease to build depth.
STEP #4: SHADE YOUR UNDER-EYE AREA
Now that your lids are all set, it's time to amp up the purple cotton candy sky vibes under your eye. Use the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Easy-Glide Mechanical Eyeliner, Waterproof in Violet Wool to line along your lower lash line. Take an eyeliner brush and gently blend the purple hue outward to create a soft, shadowy effect just under your eye.
STEP #5: HIGHLIGHT YOUR INNER CORNERS AND EYEBROW BONES
Prepare for a touch of sparkle. Apply a shimmery white shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in String of Pearls around the inner corner of your eye and just under the tail of your eyebrows for more dimension.
STEP #6: CREATE A WING TIP
Just because your sunset eye shadow application is complete doesn't mean your entire makeup look is. Create a killer wing with the help of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Black. Starting at the inner corner, line across your lids and work outward. Once you reach the outer corner, use the removable wing stencil to draw a flawless flick.
STEP #7: FINISH WITH MASCARA
No statement eye is complete without a few coats of mascara. Take your gorgeous sunset eyeshadow look to new heights with the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable, sweeping it on for unmissable volume and length.
Next up: Now that you’re a pro at creating sunset makeup, it’s time to add more looks to your repertoire. If you're ready to explore more dimensional makeup ideas, we've got you covered. Check out our article, Best Eye Makeup and Eye Shadow Trends For 2020, for some inspiration.