2018 Makeup Trends You'll Actually Want To Wear

My 75-year-old great aunt has a sign in her kitchen that reads: "Life is too short, lick the bowl." Sure, that wall hanging may have been a simple piece of home decor found in the aisles of a suburban TJ Maxx many years ago, but the sentiment rings true today.

Why spend time worrying about what other people think when you can spend time doing what you love? Cheesy, perhaps, but ultimately they are words to live by. (It's worth noting she also has a sign that reads: "Of course size matters, no one wants a small glass of wine." Which is also true.) We take a similar, 'you only live once,' approach to makeup. So when a new trend rolls around, we try it — even if it may seem bolder than our go-to cat-eye and nude lip.

This year there have been plenty of stand-outs: black lipstick, floating creases, glass skin, glitter freckles — and we've tried them all. Next year, we're excited to take on a whole new set. So, with the new year quickly approaching, we turned to the runways and red carpet to forecast makeup trends that will dominate 2018. Some of them involve simple swaps (think: ditching your Champagne highlighter for something gold, or layering mascara for a clumpy effect), while others urge you to play with new textures and colors. Curious? Check 'em out in the slides ahead.

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Golden Glow

When Bad Gal Riri launched a pure-gold highlighter, we had no idea the effect it'd have on the beauty world. After spotting the musician-turned-entrepreneur rock her very own Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife (a vibrant, metallic yellow-gold), we saw dozens of bloggers, editors, and celebs do the same. Sure, it may not be the most subtle highlight choice, but in the age of rainbow highlighter and holographic finishes, it's a welcome addition to our makeup arsenal.
Cop the look with Rihanna's Killawatt Highlighter — a powder formula in a pigmented, yellow-gold hue. Dust it all over cheekbones, use it as eyeshadow, or spot strobe — the options are endless.
Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, $34.00 Buy
Itching to try gold highlighter but want something a little more subdued? Try a pale gold powder, like this one from Wet n Wild.
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $4.99 Buy
This versatile, baked highlighter can be applied in sheer layers for a subtle glow or packed on for a megawatt, almost metallic sheen.
Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter, $30.00 Buy
Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.
Upside-Down Liner

Janelle Monae, Mandy Moore, Shay Mitchell... it's hard to find a celebrity who hasn't rocked upside-down liner this year — and we don't see the trend slowing down in 2018. The technique is one of the quickest ways to inject color into a look, while requiring virtually no makeup skills. All you have to do is use a shadow or liner in your preferred shade (we're partial to blue) to line your bottom lashline. The result is a pop of color that simultaneously defines your eyes.
This creamy, turquoise pencil is one of our favorites. Not only does the shade pop, but since the formula is matte, it lasts a bit longer on our eyes than more shimmery alternatives.
MAC Cosmetics Chromagraphic Pencil, $17.50 Buy
You don't need to run out and buy colorful liners just to rock this trend, any eyeshadow will do the trick. ColourPop's SuperShock shadows have a unique cream-meets-powder finish that's easy to apply with fingers or a small brush.
ColourPop Super Shock Shadow, $5.00 Buy
Want something that'll make it look like you're a trendsetting movie star that stays out all night, when in reality you have an 8 PM bedtime? Opt for this jumbo eyeliner for the perfect upside-down smoky eye.
Sephora Collection Easy Smoky Eye, $14.00 Buy
Inner Circles

The inner corners of the eyes may be miniscule, but a touch of a carefully-placed pigment can pack a hell of a punch — not to mention instantly brightening your eyes. Rather than calling upon more natural shades like Champagne or white to highlight the inner corners of the eyes, makeup artists are opting for fun pops of color in shades like pink, orange, or even baby blue. We've spotted celebrities like Shay Mitchell and Joan Smalls rock this simple, yet effective, trend and our bet is we'll see it a lot more on the red carpet in 2018.
This rose gold shadow has the perfect amount of fine, metallic shimmer. Use your ring finger to dab the powder onto your tear duct and finish off with a few lashings of mascara.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow, $29.00 Buy
Want something with a little more sparkle? This loose powder is packed with micro-fine shimmer and can be used all over the face on cheekbones, the Cupid's bows, and of course, the inner corners.
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Powder, $21.00 Buy
Photo: Courtesy Of Dior.
Twiggy Lashes

Clumpy, Twiggy-inspired lashes are by no means new, but we've seen a resurgence of the trend on the runway. The 2018 update? Makeup artists are pairing spidery lashes with fresh, natural-looking skin. Case in point: The models at Dior's spring 2018 show.
Don't let the word "spider" in this mascara's name scare you off. The plastic applicator and thick formula instantly boosts volume, meaning you can ditch lining your eyes and head out the door faster.
Maybelline The Colossal Spider Effect Mascara, $7.99 Buy
Dior's Pump'n'Volume mascara was a Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Award finalist for a reason: The jet-black formula creates clumpy, Twiggy-style lashes in just a few coats.
Dior Diorshow Pump‘N’Volume Mascara, $29.50 Buy
This is the drugstore formula we couldn't stop talking about this year. The super-wet formula clings to lashes for hours without wilting — or clumping (unless you're into that sort of look, in which case three more coats will do it).

L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Photo: Matteo Scarpellini/IMAXTREE.
Not-So-Grown-Up Glitter

Fun fact: 2017 has been the year of glitter. We've seen glitter bath bombs, glitter roots, heck there was even a cult app that rose to Fashion Week fame because it makes the most of sparkle (Kira Kira, ever heard of it?). Of all the glitter trends that popped up in the past few months though, glittery eyes is one we can truly get onboard with. Apply a sheer layer to lids for subtle sparkle, or go for a heavy coat like the models at Journe's spring 2018 runway show.
Glitter gets a bad rap for being hard to work with, but Lemonhead LA managed to make a glitter paste that's as easy to apply as a cream eyeshadow. The brand's glitter-packed formulas can be applied with fingers or a brush, then dry to a transfer-proof finish.
Lemonhead LA Lady Mercury Spacejam, $32.00 Buy
For those of you who want to dip your toes in the trend, but don't necessarily want chunky glitter on your face, go for something with finer sparkle, like one of Urban Decay's Moondust Shadows. Whether you're looking for pink, gold, or duo-chrome, there's something in the line up for you.
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow, $21.00 Buy
One of our favorite glitter shadows is the Stila Glitter & Glow liquid shadow collection — not only did the shadow formula pull #1 in our Beauty Innovator Awards, it comes in a gorgeous range of crease-resistant, shimmery shades from sheer silver to jet black with flecks of gold.
Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24.00 Buy
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