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Our Instagram feed has blown up in the past week… When J. Lo made a surprise entrance on the Versace runway in her iconic Jungle dress, we died. But among the fashion month craziness, one striking eyeshadow look blessed our screen and we love it more each time we see it. Nicknamed watercolor eyeshadow, the trend, which has been around for a while now, is seeing a resurgence in the makeup world. The look resembles that stunning, ethereal watercolor effect, with either multiple shades being blended together or one shade monochromatically washed across the lid – it’s like a work of art but the eyelid is the canvas. And while it may look kinda hard to recreate, don’t worry because we’ve got all the MUA insider tips. Here’s how to slay this super pretty eyeshadow look.

 

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How to Perfect The Watercolor Eyeshadow Look

Mario Dedivanovic, Kim K’s go-to MUA, has a very simple approach – just add water, which makes total sense! Dip your brush in H20 then apply a light dusting of eyeshadow and sweep it over the lid to create a soft wash of color. Repeat the process with different complementary shades – our Neon eyeshadow palettes work really well with this look. Focus the brush wherever you want to add intensity like the outer edges and the crease. Don’t be afraid of working the color, all the way up towards the brows – the stained effect works well on larger areas and as the color is diluted and doesn’t look too harsh or bold.

If you’re afraid to use water (and this is best for beginners), use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to paint on color and be sure to blend out the edges for a softly diffused look that mimics a watercolor effect.

watercolor eyeshadow trend Source: NARS

MUA Val Garland created her own twist on the trend for the Erdem runway, and kept it simple, using one color for a monochromatic look and washing out the edges for a watercolor effect. She told Vogue: “I take a pencil first [Garland used the NARS Moskova Quad eyeshadow palettes] and blend it in, so I have a waxy base. I then use a cotton wool bud to windscreen-wipe across the color, picking up the pigment and pressing it into the eyelid a few times. Because of this lovely dewy skin, I have a bit of fall-out from the eyeshadow which creates a painterly, delicate and beautiful pop of color with a more velvety texture which comes from the application technique. The waxy pencil creates an ombré stain where the pigment from the other color hasn’t hit.”

If you like the watercolor makeup look as much as we do, here’s some major watercolor eyeshadow inspo…

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Are you guys going to try watercolor eyeshadow? Let us know in the comments.