With every new season, there are always new trends. If you are a makeup enthusiast, you may have come across the halo eye makeup look while scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest. The halo effect is all about creating contrast in the finish and putting the highlight against a flat background. It’s gorgeous, it’s chic, and it frames your eyes with a soft diffusion of color. What you’re left with is a stunningly ethereal effect. If you’re looking to change up your eyeshadow routine, we’ve put together a simple tutorial to inspire you for your next girls’ night out.
How To Get The Halo Eye Makeup Look
To create this look, you need to swipe one shade of eyeshadow in the middle of your upper and lower lids. Then, surround this shade with a contrasting color on each side to achieve the halo effect. Though it sounds doable, it takes some practice and effort to nail the look. Check out the next section to find out how to do it perfectly.
Halo Smokey Eye Makeup Look
What You Need
- Eyeshadow palette
- Eyeshadow brushes
- Brow pencil
- False eyelashes or mascara
- Gel eyeliner
Step By Step Tutorial With Pictures
Step 1: Prep Away
Make sure you start off with a fresh face. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing make a world of difference. Apply a primer to your face and eyelids to make your makeup stay put all day. If you have dark under-eye circles, apply some concealer on that area and set it with a powder.
Step 2: Create The Crease
Using a long-haired, fluffy blending brush, pack in your eyeshadow in the crease area. Move the brush all the way from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. Blend the color out for an even smokey effect.
Step 3: Move To The Outer Corners
Using a small blending brush, pack in a darker eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eye. The trick is to keep the shadow nice and low, so it stays beneath the crease of your eye. Next, go over the eyeshadow with a clean brush to blend the color out and get rid of harsh lines.
Step 4: Time For The Inner Corners
To give more dimension to your look, add a bit of depth to the inner corners. Grab a pencil brush and pack the same eyeshadow color in the inner corners of your eyes. You want the color to be just as dark as the outer corners.
Tip: For a soft highlight, apply a light matte eyeshadow with a fluffy brush to your brow bone. This little step will help you blend out any harsh lines.
Step 5: Create The Halo
Moving on to the star of the show – your highlight eyeshadow! Use a small eyeshadow brush to apply a lighter bright color (glitter or metallic work) to the center of your eyelids so that it’s sandwiched between the two darker sections of eyeshadow. A damp brush will prevent fallout and also help enhance the finish of the eyeshadow formula.
Tip: Make sure to blend the spots where the highlight shadow meets your darker shadow to make it look like a natural transition.
Step 6: The Final Touches
Use a small angled-brush to lightly line your upper and lower lash lines with gel eyeliner. Put on a pair of falsies for a more intense and lush effect. Don’t forget to do your brows! (Remember: groomed brows make any eye makeup look ten times better.)
Tip: Adding a bit of the same highlight eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes will help brighten your peepers and create a wide-awake effect.
Here’s the final look!
As with almost every eye makeup look, the halo eye does different things for different eyes. Scroll down to the next section to find out more.
Tips: Master The Halo Eye Makeup Trend
- A halo eye works beautifully to open up monolid eyes. However, it’s best to avoid using very deep shades in the inner corners of your eyes.
- If you have close-set eyes, avoid using high contrast colors as this can make your eyes look even closer together.
- It can be quite a task to create the halo eye look on hooded eyes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try! You can always adapt the style to your eye shape.
- Round eyes can look even rounder with the halo effect – so be careful which colors you use.
- If you’re going with dark or bright colors for the look, keep your base makeup and lips simple.
That was our take on the halo eye makeup look, one of the hottest makeup trends on Instagram. If you don’t believe us, check out the #haloeyes – it has been tagged almost 55,000 times! It is popular because it is very easy to execute. Are you excited to give this makeup look a shot? Let us know in the comments section below.