What's Summer's Most Wearable Makeup Trend? Sunset Eyes!

What's Summer's Most Wearable Makeup Trend? Sunset Eyes!

Pretty as a picture...on your eyes.

By Katherine Kluznik

Even if you don’t know its name, we’ll bet you know the look. Celebs like Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Selena Gomez have made "sunset eyes" next to impossible to ignore. Harkening back to the '80s, the technique is all about creating an ombre effect, blending a palette of oranges, pinks and purples—sometimes with a little blue thrown in for good measure.

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The trend also happens to be the perfect excuse to get creative. After all, a sunset can take endless forms, whether that’s stormy and deep or pretty and pink. Ahead, nine options to paint on the look. 

Smashbox Cover Shot Palette in Ablaze

This palette lets you squarely hit the trend in a way that’s incredibly wearable. Graduate from orange on your lids to the soft buttercup shade on your brow bone. Sweep a little of the brown in your outer corners and beneath your lower lash line. Then dapple on the remaining hues to fit however you’re feeling. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $29

Pacifica Beachy Punk Mineral Eyeshadows

Yellow is one of those unexpected colors that might not top your list of go-to shadow shades, but trust us, it beams a bright spot onto the trend. Blend the other ocean-inspired hues over your lids, then finish with a touch of the lemony shade at your brow bone. 

BUY FROM: Target, $18

Urban Decay Shadow Box

This set balances neutrals that anchor your look with moody purples and the brightest blues, purples, and greens. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $34

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Every essential hue for a subtle sunset shadow effect turns up in this 12-hue set. Apply the orangey shade over your lids and graduate your way out to the golds and pinks. You might even be able to swing wearing it to work. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $49

NYX Cosmetic Metals Shadow Palette

Aside from being gorgeous, this palette has a real talent for math. $10 ÷ 6 shadows = $1.66 per shimmering, sunset shade. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $9.99 

Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Metals Eye Pencil Set

Sunset eyes are almost always painted on with standard shadow, but that’s not to say that liner can’t have a starring role. This trio offers the perfect shades to blend into your own take on the trend. 

BUY FROM: Ulta, $20

Too Faced Glitter Bomb Eyeshadow

Why not pretend the sun is a disco ball and add a dusting of glitter and vibrant color to your sunset eyeshadow? 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $45

Butter London ElectraLash Mascara

Your lashes are kind of like the horizon on your sunset eyes look, right? Black mascara will work, but a sweep of blue feels a wink to the sea.

BUY FROM: Jet, $13.89

Pretty Vulgar Pretty Birdie Eyeshadow Palette

I’m pretty sure I chose these exact colors from my Crayola set to color the sunset when I was around five. They work just as well now for drawing on a sunset look that’s vibrant but flattering. 

BUY FROM: Sephora, $35

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