Holographic Makeup Is THE moment! Here's How To Slay It



Sheer sparkles are an eternal makeup do, but sometimes a girl craves something that goes beyond your standard glitter effect. Enter high-glam holographic makeup, a major craze in the ‘00s that’s enjoying a nice lil comeback.


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Holo makeup is all about capturing light and depth to showcase a spectrum of rainbow hues and mesmerizing color shifts. Lizzo recently said, “Yes, girl!” to the trend via some holo nails and lips, and even glazed donut queen Hailey Bieber went full glitz a la a sheer holographic lid she paired with a pastel rainbow winged eyeliner. They aren’t the only ones either… 

Talk about fierce.

Feeling inspired to dabble in the realm of holo? We’re sharing our best pro tips for making holographic eye makeup work for you, then sounding off on our favorite holographic eye gels, glitters, and shadows. Get ready to GLEAM.

How to Nail Holograph Makeup Looks

We don’t believe in hard rules, but there are a few ways you can get the most out of your holographic eye makeup.

Blot Oil

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Any product with glitter tends to slip, slide, and fall when placed on top of oily skin, so blot away oil before grabbing your shadow brush. Jenny Patinkin’s Blotter Baby Mattifying Roller, $22, is the perfect size for eyelids, and you can reuse it over and over again.

Prime Your Lids

An eyelid primer is always a good call, but it’s especially important when applying holographic makeup and/or glitter. This allows the product to go on more smoothly, helps prevent fallout, and keeps things in place. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $25, always keeps our look in place.

Don’t Overload Your Lids

Layering too many eyeshadow products on top of each other can lead to fallout. Fallout can also occur when layering different formula types on top of each other, so keep it simple.

Use The Right Eyeshadow Brush

You’ll need a different eyeshadow brush for different holographic eye makeup formulas that come in tubs or pressed powder form. For example, the Huda Beauty Fender Blender Eyeshadow Brush, $15, is intended for creamy, metallic, shimmery, and glitter eyeshadows. Not only does the petite sponge and silicone tips pick up the perfect amount of product, but it also promises precise application.

Set Makeup in Place

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Once you’ve finished your holographic eye makeup look, take a sec to set everything in place. This 10-second step can help your makeup last way longer. You can’t go wrong with Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $33.

Our Fave Holographic Eye Makeup Products

Ready to get your iridescent gleam on? Equip yourself with a couple of these makeup must-haves.

1. ColourPop Cosmetics Glitter Gel, $10


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This long-wear glitter gel serves seriously intense sparkle for an irresistible price. For a holo effect, try Get a Grip!, Disco Lady, Ur a Firework, Moon Prism Powder, or Avenue of the Stars.

2. Gentle Lemonhead Spacepaste, $22


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Dubbed ‘The Caviar of Glitter,’ you’ll feel enamored just looking in the pot of this sparkly concentrate. It’s long-wearing and comes in some dazzling shades, including Discotech, Phantom, Starstruck, and Wonderland. 

3. Milani Cosmetics Hypnotic Lights Holographic Eye Topper, $11


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This liquid, water-based formula glides on your lids via a doe-foot applicator and stays put all day. It offers more of a subtle wash of spellbinding duochrome versus full-on glitter.

4. Danessa Myricks Beauty Lightwork III Experience Palette, $85


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If you’re keen on building a multi-dimensional holographic eye look, nab this limited-edition chromatic palette from Danessa Myricks. It features eight bright and highly pigmented color-shifting shades that can be layered to create various levels of intensity for bold, chromatic looks

5. Lethal Cosmetics Multichrome Bundle II, $108


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This one’s a splurge, but it is SO pretty. Each of the six multichrome shadows play perfectly together to help prevent fallout. Try blending them, lightly layering, or using just one at a time. Also, they can be applied wet or dry depending on the holographic makeup look you’re shooting for.

6. Belle Beauty Bar Euphoric Halo Liquid Eyeshadow, $25

Want a glitter-free holo look? This is the product for you. These special edition holographic, multi-chrome liquid eyeshadows offer intense color shifts. The velvety formula is smudge-proof, which helps it last all day.

Aight, it’s time to shine bright like a diamond, besties. Grab a pen (or a neon highlighter) and take notes from these futuristic hunnies who, btw, are straight up SERVING.

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If you’re digging holographic eye makeup, you may wanna peep the party girl trend, too.

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