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The Y2K Frosted Eyeshadow Trend Is Here to Stay – Cop the Look Now

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The Y2K Frosted Eyeshadow Trend Is Here to Stay – Cop the Look Now

While the noughties were all about skinny brows and high-shine lips, the nineties boasted barely-there blush, glittery eyes, and a striking vinyl pucker. It’s 2023, and the Y2K-inspired frosted eyeshadow trend is back – and it’s better than we remember. The Britney Spears-favourite look (yes, we’re humming ‘Toxic,’ too) has undergone a major makeover, inviting a range of popping metallic shades, including lilac, icy blue, mint, silver, and pink, into our 21st-century palette.

What Exactly Is the Frosted Eyeshadow Trend?

As the name suggests, frosted eyeshadow is a shimmery coating on your eyelids to mimic a frosted appearance. Coming to the fore in the ’90s, courtesy of Christina Aguilera, Britney, and Brandi, the frosted look became a millennial hype when sported by celebrities Hailey Bieber, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Doja Cat, and Ariana Grande amidst a TikTok trend storm.

Get the Look: 8 Best Shimmer Eyeshadow Palettes

Glittery-glam eyes are the season’s biggest beauty trend – and with the festivities underway, the timing’s just right. Before swiping on a shimmery shadow, prep your lids with a primer.

To ensure limited fallout of product and maximum glitter payoff, consider pressing your eye shadow rather than rubbing it along the eyelid. Try the Charmacy Milano Insane Shifters Eyeshadow in royal blue for a look that deserves a double take.

A striking green hue is the perfect match for your monotone festive outfit. Add a pop of colour to your lids with PAC’s Pressed Glitter Eyeshadow in the shade Green Alert. Pro-tip: A dewy base pairs beautifully with frosty metallics.

If a dewy look is not on your wishlist – and you possess greasy, acne-prone skin – opt for a soft matte base with glossy lips and silver eyeshadow. Get your hands on Pixi Beauty’s Glitter-y Eye Quad in GoldLava.

To define your eyes, coat your lashes with a layer or two of mascara, over e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Liquid Metallic Eyeshadow in the shade Supernova. Liquid and gel eyeshadows are mess-free when compared to their powder counterparts.

For evening glam, top up your smokey eye look with gold glitter dust. PAT McGRATH LABS’ Celestial Nirvana Eye Shadow Palette compels you to embrace your edgy, sensual side with mesmerising metallics.

A cat-eye swipe across the lids is the perfect way to elevate your makeup game this festive season. Dab on M.A.C Cosmetics’ Dazzleshadow Liquid in the pretty pink shade Love Yourself, and top it with eyeliner to draw attention to your peepers.

For a lightweight feel, pick a water-infused formula such as the bestselling Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise illuminating eyeshadow in the shade Star Gold. Festive-ready sunset eyes? Yes, please.

Give a gradient sheen a shot with NYX Professional Makeup’s Ultimate Glow Shots Liquid Eyeshadow in the shade Twisted Tangerine. A single swipe will leave you with super-striking glittery eyes.

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