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Unicorns might be getting a lot of love these days, but let us not forget about the original magical creatures. We’re talking about mermaids, of course! Just in time for summer, mermaids are the perfect source of inspiration for all of your warm-weather, beach-ready makeup looks. Below, we share four of our favorite mermaid eye makeup looks you can rock with confidence. To give the unicorn beauty trend a run for its money, grab your makeup bag and follow along!
If you’ve been looking for a way to bring blue eye makeup back into your life, all we have to say is, what a time to be alive. In the midst of a serious mermaid moment, there’s no time like the present to get a little hands-on with varying blue hues.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure
L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara
Fluffy eye shadow brush
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Before blending any darker shades onto your lids, kick things off by painting your lids with the lightest blue from your palette.
Next, dip a crease brush into your medium blue shadow. Use this color to help define your crease, blending it into your crease with windshield wiper motions. Create even more depth by layering the palette’s darkest shadow over top. Before moving onto the next step, use a fluffy eye shadow brush to blend between the different shades so that there aren’t any harsh lines of demarcation.
To bring your look full circle, add a touch of the same medium blue shade along your lower lash line.
To give your statement eye an extra mermaid-y air, press a small amount of iridescent glitter onto your inner eye area. Just make sure the glitter is cosmetic grade and eye-safe—craft glitter won’t work for this!
Top your statement eye off with a few coats of mascara.
This mermaid-inspired variation on the two-toned eye makeup trend is all about a side-to-side ombré that transitions from a gorgeous purple to a brighter blue at the inner corner. The striking color pairing helps create an otherworldly eye look that’s fit for a modern mermaid.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Burst into Bloom
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Liquid Eyeliner in Black
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Washable Mascara
Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, dust purple eye shadow onto your eyelid starting at your outer corner and blending inward toward the middle of your lid.
Next, wipe off your brush before dipping it into your teal shadow. Then, sweep the color from your inner corner out toward the middle of your eye.
Since you likely look like you have a straight line down the center of your eyelid, use your brush to blend between the two colors to get rid of any harsh lines and create a well-blended, ombré look.
Using your black liquid eyeliner, create a wing that extends just past your outer corners.
Top off your two-toned look with a coat of mascara and you’re ready to move on to the next part of your makeup routine.
Take one scroll through your social media feeds and you’re sure to fall head over heels for the under-eye makeup trend that’s taking the world by storm. Pair it with bold colors for a nautical twist and you'll have a must-have mermaid look to add to your summer makeup line-up.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Violet Amour
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Eye Shadow in Endless Sea
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Vivid Aqua
L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Waterproof Mascara Blackest Black
Small tapered crease brush
Start by using your pencil brush to apply the darkest purple shadow from your eye shadow palette on the outer corner of your lower lash line. Opposite from that shadow, on the inner corner of your lash line, apply the next darkest purple with the same brush. To complete your under-eye look, use a small tapered crease brush to gently dust your teal shadow between the two shades of purple.
Define your eyes with a thin line of aqua eyeliner drawn across your upper lash line.
Grab your mascara and coat your bottom lashes before moving on to the top. Voila!
Want a subtler take on a mermaid eye makeup look? We’ve got you covered! Keep reading to make waves with this look.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Mix and Matte
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in True Teal
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Waterproof Mascara
Start by applying a nude eyeshadow all over your lid—this will serve as the base for the rest of your look.
Grab your purple shadow and apply it to only the first third of your lid. Then, use your nude eye shadow to blend out any harsh lines, helping the purple shade fade across your lid.
With your teal eyeliner, line around your tear duct for a pretty pop of blue.
Apply a few coats of mascara to finish off the look. Hello, mermaid vibes!
Now that you know how to get a mermaid eye makeup look, why not bring the mermaid vibes to your hair as well? Here’s How to Get a Mermaid Hair Color.