"Sunset Eyes" Is The Wearable Beauty Trend We've Been Waiting For

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There's no denying the '90s makeup revival, but while we’ve been busy rediscovering lighter shades of brown lipstick, another flashback beauty look is slowly taking hold in Hollywood: vibrant, ‘80s makeup. For example, two-toned eyeliners in bright AF colors and a return to blue eye makeup are both huge right now.
And now, just in time for warm weather, there's another new take on the colorful trend surfacing on the beauty industry's coolest IG accounts. Let us introduce you to makeup ripped from the skies of the most mesmerizing sunsets, rendered in combinations of orange and pink — and in shades that are both hot and soft.
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The trend has its roots in makeup looks worn by a fresh-on-the-scene Madonna in 1983 and the color-clashing street art of Jean-Michel Basquiat. But instead of layering three or four contrasting eyeshadow shades from the lashline to the browbone, like Madonna did, makeup artists are pairing a shade or two of sunset hues on the lower lids and crease. The result is a look that's incredibly wearable. When worn with vibrant red or piercing pink lip colors, the look feels less costume-y and more timeless — just like a sunset’s beauty itself. Plus, it's just as gorg with a neutral face.
Our favorite takes on the dreamy trend, ahead.
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Cameron Traiber

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux gives us one of the most literal interpretations of sunset shadow, created for the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2017 show. Thanks to the clean lines that stop at the crease (instead of climbing up to the brow bone), the hot pink shadow layered atop a soft sherbet shade looks anything but '80s.

Try: A gel liner makes drawing atop a wash of shadow child's play, thanks to its slip.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Lollipop, $25, available at Sephora
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Hailey Baldwin

Fiery pinks and mauves with a slightly dusted sheen scream Sedona sunset. (Seriously, Arizona has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.) But the seemingly shocking shades also make perfect sense for brown eyes like Baldwin's (they fall exactly opposite of brown on the color wheel, after all). By wrapping the hues all the way around upper and lower lids, and painting the lips in a muted shade from the same family, makeup artist Sarah Tanno makes the look totally modern.

Try: "I used Marc Jacobs Beauty new Matte Highliner Gel in Fine Wine and topped it off with Twinkle Pop in Leila," Tanno says. Meanwhile, she used the brand's New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Moody Margot, on Baldwin's lips.

Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick, $30, available at Sephora
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Caroline Stila

Here, celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento may have channeled ‘90s rave culture to create this dreamy look, but we’re seeing shades akin to South African sunsets — thought to be some of the world’s pinkest — that touch both lips and eyes.

Try: Cop the look with the exact shades that Sarmiento used: On eyes, try Bite Beauty Multistick in Honeywheat and Make Up For Ever Flash Color Pot in Red. Rituel De Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment in Desire warms cheeks and MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Cherry is buffed out onto lips to create a hazy edge — just like the setting sun itself.

MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil, $17.50, available at MAC Cosmetics
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Serayah McNeill

Riffs on sunset makeup don’t always require major ombrés. This example makes a statement with a solitary swipe of rusty red seen in Australian sunsets (drawn here in precise flicks on the lids). Gradients of the shade are echoed in cheeks and lips, for a clean, but modern, look.

Try: Makeup artist Allan Avendaño uses graphic swipes of Christian Louboutin Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner in Rouge Louboutin on her upper lids and The Estee Edit Metallishadow Crème + Powder in Solar Blast (a gold cream shadow and bronze gold loose powder) on her bottom lashlines to bring cohesion to the look.

Christian Louboutin Oeil Vinyle Luminous Ink Liner, $75, available at Bergdorf Goodman
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Rainey Forkner

Glowing skin and a natural lip color provide a subtle backdrop for dramatic, smoky eyes done in rose gold shades. In another nod to the era, draping replaces everyday blush by carrying the shade out to the temples.

Try: Urban Decay couldn’t release its upcoming Basquiat collection at a better time: Included are rusty red shades that recall a Cambodian sunset and, of course, the artist’s colorful work itself.

Urban Decay x Basquiat 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil In Anatomy, available April 10 at Urban Decay
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Natalia Castellar Calvani

When the last bit of sun dips into the pacific ocean over Malibu, a fiery orange strip of light along the horizon contrasts against bronze sand on the beach. This look, by makeup artist Dendoll captures the same effect, thanks to neon orange graphic liner laid atop glimmering fawn shadow

Try: Finding liquid liners in shocking colors can be tricky, so go for an eyeshadow (applied wet with a brush) instead.

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Eyeshadow and Powder Blush in S732 Orange (Satin), $21, available at Sephora
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Emily Jane Browning

For a look that’s more romantic than bold, buff summer-ready sunset shades (like rust and magenta) to a soft-light focus, as celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis has done here.

Try: To achieve a buffed-out look on the lips, try a cream-to-powder formula, applied with the fingers.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Lips in Possession, $60, available at Tom Ford
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Selena Gomez

Not all sunset shades scream bright colors, as makeup artist Hung Vanngo shows. These dusty pinks and peaches offer a more subtle take on the trend, but still look summer-ready and fresh, as Gomez shows. (And, for the record, are so darn close to a soft, Egyptian sunset.)

Try: Finally, a practical case for multi-use palettes: Gradients of apricot and bronze can be used on lids and cheeks to create a washed-out sunset effect. Finish the look with a non-sticky gloss from the same color family.

Stroke of Beauty Imprint High Shine Lip Gloss, $22, available at Evine
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Yara Shahidi

Finding a fresh spin on the trend isn’t just about selecting complimentary sunset shades. Here, celebrity makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown pushes a winning combination of watercolor peach on lids and cheeks with a strong, reddish-pink lip shade by adding a slick of gloss to the eyes, an effect that mirrors glassy hues on water.

Try: On lips, Reiko Brown used Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red, “blended with a cotton bud to keep it soft and young,” she says. The eyeshadow? It’s actually not shadow at all — it's blush! After applying this burnish apricot blush on lids, the makeup pro gave the look sheen with Glossier Balm Dotcom patted on top. “The effect mimics the eyelids’ natural sheen,” she says.

Nars Cosmetics Blush in Liberté, available at Nars Cosmetics
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Amanda Rose Cox

Feathered brows and hot orange lids make green eyes reflect faceted shades of amber and emerald. By pairing the orange shadow with red-orange meets coral lipstick, makeup artist Nicole Chew creates the most captivating case for color clashing.

Try: Forget the kind of perfectly-drawn, hard-lined definition often used when creating a statement lip look. By blotting the color on instead, a more laid-back vibe is achieved.

ColourPop Blotted Lip in Exotic, $5, available at Colourpop
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Taraji P Henson

For Taraji’s take on sunset makeup, celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff picks a lipstick shade that’s winning on two fronts: The hot fuchsia hue ties in with subtle pink eyeshadow used on the lids and proceeds from its sales benefit the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Try: For a lip look as unrelenting as a bright pink, Tahitian sky, Sheriff layers identical hot pink shades of lipstick and gloss.

MAC Cosmetics Vivaglam Taraji P Henson Lipstick, $17, available at MAC Cosmetics
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Pom Klementieff

Soft, coral eyeshadow and diffused, pink lipstick brighten up a dewy complexion without employing a shock of color, in this look created by makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua

Try: Golden eyeshadow not only brings out golden tones in the skin, the shade makes brown eyes pop — and makes us yearn for a cool, Mediterranean sunset.

RMS Beauty Swift Shadow in Sunset Beach SB-48, $20, available at Credo Beauty
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Ilfenesh Hadera

Baywatch beauty has come a long way from the no-makeup makeup look that the TV show’s stars wore in the '90s. Hadera, a star of the film adaptation, shows a gloss-free look, rendered in shades of sherbet and red. Tip: The shades are a knockout when paired with out-to-there lashes.

Try: Top classic winged eyes with a dusting of peach blush, also used on the cheeks. Then, reach for a matte liquid lipstick in a strong shade for a look that works for both resort settings or another day in the office. This formula lasts through tooth brushing sessions and dips in the pool.

Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick in Portofino, $18, available at Cargo Cosmetics
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