So, it’s that time of the year again when the leaves are turning shades of the sunset, hot chocolate is officially on the menu and *hot girl summer* is slowly dwindling to (shall we say) *cool girl autumn*. But, while the runways are rife with itty bitty bags and luxurious slip dresses, we’ve got our eyes on those gorgeous eyeshadow trends that are making ‘em peepers look like dream boats; think artful abstract splashes, shimmering rock glam gazes, punk metallic eyes, painterly strokes (more on that later), statement rhinestone details and much more…oh la la.
That being said, we know you must be inundated with countless images on IG. To help you navigate through the madness of it all, here’s our guide to the most significant eyeshadow trends to dabble in this season!
Hottest Eyeshadow Trends To Try
1. Artsy Painterly
Spotted At: Christian Siriano, Jonathan Cohen, Collina Strada
If you love painting up a storm, then the artful Painterly trend is just what your glam squad ordered. Taking a leaf out of the tie-n-die ensembles (that has been ruling the catwalks), this avant garde trend features a blend of myriad hues such as teals, reds, pinks and silvers administered finger-pressed all over the lid and brow area in abstract shapes and painterly techniques. Result: An outer-worldly, ethereal look that maskes you think of summers and delicious gelatos all over again. Love.
Pro Tip: Since the technique is all about free flow, just dip your fingers in the eyeshadow hues of your choice and dab away. Yep, it’s that easy!
Nykaa recommends: Maybelline New York Lemonade Craze Eye Shadow Palette, Makeup Revolution X Soph Extra Spice Eyeshadow
2. Glitter Chromes
Spotted At: Radarte, Halpern, Cividini
Glitter, glitter on the wall; who’s the shiniest of ’em all? If you haven’t it guessed earlier, this season is all about reaching for the stars, quite literally. Amping up the drama are futuristic swaths of shimmering colors interspersed with ultra-glitter studded lids and well-contoured cheeks. For a subtle look, swipe on a neutral shadow and top it up sparsely with glittery monochrome pastel hues; feeling bold? Experiment with two or more shades and blend them together for a cool holographic effect.
Pro Tip: Look for creamy/gel formulations that will stick to your eyes and won’t flake out on you. Don’t forget to top it up with a makeup setting spray.
Nykaa recommends: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Glitter Single, Swiss Beauty Midnight Sparkle Glitter Eyeshadow Palette - 1
3. Pretty In Purple
Spotted At: Valentino, Tomo Koizumi, Veronica Beard
Romance in your mind? Then get date-night ready with soft hues of pinks and purples that are ultra-feminine and goes perfectly well with those airy tulle skirts and satin dresses. What we love most though, is the many ways you can wear this trendy eye makeup look. To add a bit of dimension, apply a lighter shade of Lavender to your lids and blend in a darker shade of Violet to the crease. For a touch of glitz and glam, pick a shimmery purple hue that will make you look oh-so-dreamy.
Pro Tip: To make your eyes pop, use a liner of a complementing hue and oodles of mascara to finish off the look.
Nykaa recommends: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow - 302 Shady Violet, PAC Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow - 42 Cosmic Vibes
4. Sparkly Rhinestone
Spotted At: Pyer Moss
Every girl deserves a little bling in her life—and this one fits the bill just right. Redefining glam rock and bringing back the ’70s style with a bang are diffused, blended-out shimmery, sparkly metallic eyeshadows topped up with decadent Swarovski crystals that can be spotted from the moon (not kidding). Combine this look with muted lips and just a swipe of highlighter to make a dazzling entrance to any party.
Pro Tip: Want to try the look at home? Blend a sparkly red eyeshadow on the lids and use lash glue to stick on the crystals.
Nykaa recommends: Swiss Beauty Metallic Liquid Eyeshadow - 05, 3INA The Metallic Eyeshadow
5. Poppy Smudges
Spotted At: Carolina Herrera, Iceberg, Francesca Liberatore
Smudged eyeshadows and grunge motifs, yes please! If bright, cheery hues are your jam, then sporting shocking bright eyeshadows in electric shades of blues, pinks and neon yellows is the way to go. What makes this trend uber fun and doable are the myriad ways you can wear this look; think messy swipes of silvery eyeshadows in rectangular shapes, grungy royal blue hues or even super-chic motifs in hues of burgundy and purple to match your ensemble. The world is your oyster.
Pro Tip: Since the eyes bring on the drama, keep the rest of the look clean with freshly scrubbed skin and tinted lips.
Nykaa recommends: Kiko Milano Smart Colour Eyeshadow - 25 Pearly Yellow, Kiko Milano Smart Colour Eyeshadow - 30 Pearly Sea Blue
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