Galaxy-inspired makeup may sound like something only the most daring of makeup-wearers can pull off, but we’re here to tell you that’s far from the truth. Galaxy makeup has become one of the biggest beauty trends because it allows everyone to branch out of their cosmetic comfort zone—without taking things too far out of this world. It’s up to you whether you want to embrace your inner-space gal with a bold Halloween makeup look or just want to add a little other-worldly shimmer to your everyday makeup. Either way, you can let the planets inspire you. Below, we’re sharing 16 galaxy makeup looks that are sure to leave you starstruck.
#1. GALAXY EYES
If you want to go all-out with your galaxy makeup, consider galaxy eyes. This look is perfect for Halloween—or a super cool Instagram post!
Step #1. Prime, prime, prime. Start by applying an eye primer to your lids and a makeup primer to your face. This galaxy eye makeup look involves creating two large, teardrop shapes that go from your hairline to about an inch below the eye, so make sure to apply primer where needed!
Step #2. Grab your eyeshadow. Next, it’s time to create your midnight sky. Begin by applying a shimmering navy shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue, in a teardrop shape. Take care to pack on the color, so it’s dark and space-like. Then, paint a bit of the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Amethyst Quartz onto your under-eyes, inner corner, and crease to add dimension to your look. Make sure to blend well!
Step #3. Add some detail. For your “stars,” use glitter adhesive to glue pearl and rhinestone accents throughout your teardrop. Use varying sizes for extra interest.
Step #4. Apply mascara. To complete your look, sweep on a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume.
#2. GALAXY NOSE
Have you heard about the blushing nose trend? Well, this galaxy makeup look involves the same concept, only with shades of blue and purple eyeshadow! After creating a night sky across the bridge of your nose, use a white liquid eyeliner to draw some stars—or even a constellation or two—on top.
#3. GALAXY FOREHEAD
We bet you can guess what we mean when we say galaxy forehead—this look involves creating a midnight sky across your forehead and applying the rest of your makeup as you normally would. This is a great option for those who want to play with drawing constellations like we mentioned above since you’ll have more space (pun intended) to work with!
#4. GALAXY HIGHLIGHT
Step #1. Perfect your base. Before you can rock a radiant highlighter, you’ll need to apply your base. Allow your illuminated cheekbones to steal the show by keeping everything else simple. Opt for a foundation and concealer with a glowing finish, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Concealer, to ensure your luminous highlight is given extra emphasis.
Step #2. Apply your galaxy highlighter. Once you’ve finished applying foundation and concealer, sweep the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Galaxy Stick over your cheekbones in your shade of choice and use your fingers or a makeup blender to soften any harsh lines.
Bonus step: Amp up the glow. Of course, your cheeks aren’t the only place that can benefit from a holographic highlighter—it’s perfect for giving your eyes, lips, and body an instant glow, too. Talk about a multi-tasker!
#5. GALAXY TEMPLES
For a touch of galaxy glam, use navy and purple eyeshadow—in the same fashion we mentioned earlier—to color your temples. Top off the look by drawing stars and crescent moons with white eyeliner.
#6. GALAXY CHEEKBONES
Want your galaxy makeup to draw attention to your cheekbones? Not a problem! Galaxy cheekbones are seriously stunning and can be boosted with the help of holographic highlighter. Create your purple and navy eyeshadow base, add a bit of highlighter for a holographic glow, then draw on some stars. Consider using a metallic eyeliner for an extra pop of shimmer!
#7. PURPLE GALAXY LIPS
Chances are good, if you have even a basic interest in makeup—which you must, if you’re here—you already know how to apply lipstick. This is all of the knowledge you’ll need to bring the metallic galaxy lipstick trend to life.
Step #1. Smooth your pout. You don’t want your galaxy lips to be dry or rough in texture. So, prep your pout by using a lip scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub.
Step #2. Paint your lips. Use a lip brush to precisely draw on your purple metallic lipstick. Take care not to color outside of the lines!
Step #3. Top with some shimmer. For an extra starry finish, apply a small amount of the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in String of Pearls to the center of your lips.
#8. BLACK GALAXY LIPS
Not a fan of purple? You can go all out with black galaxy lips. First, color your pout with a black lipstick. Then, apply a cosmetic-grade blue glitter to the center of your lips using a flat eyeshadow brush. To add a bit more dimension, play with purple and silver glitter as well!
#9. GALAXY UNDER-EYES
Under-eye makeup has been having a moment, so it should come as no surprise that galaxy under-eyes are on-trend. Consider this a twist on the glitter tears trend, with, of course, the added bonus of featuring a midnight eyeshadow sky.
#10. STAR EYE ACCENTS
Want to keep your galaxy makeup to a minimum? For a subtle take on the trend, consider adding some star accents to your eye makeup look. You can draw them on with a colorful eyeliner or use star stickers to get the look. Place them along your lower lash line or at the outer corner of your eye for the perfect accent.
#11. GALAXY EYESHADOW
If you’re still slightly wary about attempting full-blown galaxy makeup looks, holographic eye shadow may be the perfect way to introduce yourself to the trend. If shadows with a touch of shimmer or glitter are already in your collection, ones with holographic pigment shouldn’t be too big of a stretch!
Step #1. Prime your eyes. As always, you’ll want to start by applying an eye primer.
Step #2. Color your lids. There are plenty of ways to play with galaxy eyeshadow since each night sky has its own variation of colors. Try painting a shimmering deep purple onto your lids, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Purple Priority, and pop a navy shade in your crease. To brighten the look, add your holographic eyeshadow to your inner corner.
Step #3. Line your eyes. A look this bold calls for some winged eyeliner. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner to line your upper lash line.
Step #4. Grab your mascara. Layer on the L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara, and you’ll look ready to board a rocket into space (or something else equally as impressive!).
#12. GALAXY CUT CREASE
If you’re a fan of the cut crease (and let’s be honest—who isn’t?), you’ll love the way it pairs with the galaxy eye makeup trend. To get the look, paint your lids a purple shade, then draw a white cut crease. Apply a navy eyeshadow above your crease going up to your brow bone and draw stars on top with white eyeliner. Feel free to get creative by drawing a planet or two that wrap around your cut crease!
#13. STAR CHEEKS
Make your cheeks the center of attention with some star accents. This subtle take on galaxy makeup is super easy to do. Simply take a liquid eyeliner in your color(s) of choice—we love the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof in Blue—and draw stars in various sizes across the apples of your cheeks. Easy, right?
#14. GLITTER EYEBROWS
Combine trendy festival makeup looks with galaxy makeup, and what do you get? Glitter brows! This fun take on the trend looks best when done with shades of purple, blue, and silver that are reminiscent of the night sky. For some inspo, check out our article, Festival Makeup Spotlight: How to Do Glitter Brows.
#15. HALF GALAXY FACE
If you’re prepared to go all-out with your galaxy makeup, consider doing a half and half face. With this look, you’ll apply galaxy makeup to half of your face—from your hairline to your chin—and do the other half of your makeup as you normally would. Consider it a real-life before and after!
#16. BLUE GALAXY LIPS
We couldn’t leave out a blue galaxy pout! You can probably guess the steps involved to bring this look to life. First, swipe on a navy blue lipstick. Then, add dimension by applying an iridescent blue eyeshadow or highlighter to the center of your lips. Pucker up!
Next up: Now that you’re prepared to hop on the galaxy makeup trend, here’s How to Get Galaxy Hair.