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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 our warmer-weather, beach-ready makeup looks. Below, we share three of our favorite mermaid-inspired eye makeup looks to rock with confidence. 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 Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black
Fluffy eye shadow brush
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Start with an allover wash of blue on your lids. Before blending any darker shades onto your lids, start off by using the top left blue hue of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Avant Garde Azure.
Step 2: Add depth to your crease. Next, use a crease brush dipped in the top right shadow to help add definition to your crease. Further create depth with a gentle dusting of the bottom right color of the pocket palette. 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.
Step 3: Blend color under your eyes. To bring your look full circle, add a touch of the top right shadow just under your waterline.
Step 4: Add iridescent glitter to your inner corners. To give your statement eye an extra mermaid-y air, press a small amount of iridescent glitter into your inner eye area.
Step 5: Finish with mascara. Top your statement eye off with a few coats of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black.
Unlike traditional two-toned eyes, this mermaid-inspired variation is all about a side-to-side ombré that transitions from a gorgeous purple to a brighter blue at the inner corner. The untraditional colors, mixed with an untraditional blending technique, help create an otherworldly eye look 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 Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara in Blackest Noir
Step 1: Start with purple shadow at your outer corner. Using a fluffy eye shadow brush, dust the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Burst into Bloom onto your eyelid starting at your outer corner and working in a windshield-wiper motion towards the middle of your eye.
Step 2: Add teal shadow to the inner half of your eye. Next, dip your fluffy eye shadow brush into the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Sea and sweep the color on from your inner corner out towards the middle of your eye.
Step 3: Blend between the two colors. Since you likely look like you have a straight line down the center of your eyelid, use your brush to blend between the colors to get rid of any harsh lines of demarcation for a well-blended, ombré end look.
Step 4: Create a small wing tip with black liner. Using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party, create a wing tip that extends just past your outer corners.
Step 5: Finish with mascara. Top your two-toned look off with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Noir Mascara in Blackest Noir and you’re ready to move on with 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 have a must-have mermaid look to add to your summer makeup line-up.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Shady Violet
L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Eye Shadow in Endless Sea
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Vivid Aqua
L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
Step 1: Create your under-eye look. Start by using the darker end of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Shady Violet and brushing it on the outer corner of your under-eye area. Flip it around and coat the inner third of your under-eye with the lighter purple hue. To complete your under-eye look, use a small tapered crease brush to gently dust the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Eye Shadow in Endless Sea between the two purple shades.
Step 2: Line your eyes with wing tips. Define your eyes with a thin line of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Vivid Aqua across each upper lid.
Step 3: Finish with mascara. Use theL’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Blackand start on your bottom lashes before moving on to the top. Voila!