The kookiest eyeshadow trends of this season (that we’re secretly dying to try)

2018 has officially buried the ‘no make-up’ look. From Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala to Sonam Kapoor at the Cannes Film Festival, celebrities set new standards for the boldest and brightest eye make-up we have seen in ages. Kristen Stewart might have ditched her high heels to make a feminist statement, but her pearl eyeshadow was equally responsible for turning heads on the red carpet. On the French Riviera, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan owned the glitter eyeliner look, while the tear effect Gigi achieved with her eyeshadow stole the show in New York.

Taking looks from runway to reality, here are the top eyeshadow trends introduced on the red carpet this year that you can totally try on your next weekend out. 

1. Crystal is the new black

One of the most surprising eyeshadow trends of 2018 is undoubtedly crystal make-up. Artists are using everything from rhinestones to Swarovski crystals all around the face, and the jewelled eye effect isn’t just pretty, it’s a fun way to experiment with make-up in the real world too, if you keep the rest of your look dialled down.

Jasmine Tookes crystal eyeshadow

Jasmine Tookes for Jeremy Scott- Spring/Summer 2018

A post shared by Pat McGrath (@patmcgrathreal) on Mar 18, 2018 at 9:07am PDT

2. Say it with pearls

From her graphic silver eyeshadow in 2016 to her pearl winged liner at Cannes 2018, Kristen Stewart consistently shows us how to own the most opulent eye-make up trends on the red carpet. Want to get her look? Ditch the black eyeliner and use tiny pearls along the lash line (hope you’re handy with eyelash glue…) for a dreamy makeover. 

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart 2016 v/s 2018

A post shared by Beau Nelson (@beau_nelson) on May 15, 2018 at 9:40am PDT

3. Join the glitterati  

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wore a butterfly-esque creation by Michael Cinco, paired with elaborate sequinned liner that highlighted those aquamarine eyes. The make-up artist layered blue holographic sequins over black eyeliner, creating a look that was just the right kind of crazy. 

Aishwariya Rai 2018

4. Try the underliner

Shock your system out of the monotonous style of applying eyeshadow by boldly emphasising the lower lash line like Deepika Padukone did at Cannes. Be smart and keep every other feature to a shade of nude so you don’t run the risk of scaring little children on the streets.

Deepika Padukone Cannes
Deepika Padukone at Cannes Film Festival 2018

5. Yellow screams ‘summer’

Speaking of new styles, Sonam Kapoor and make-up artist Namrata Soni experimented with shades of yellow to bring out the colourful moods of summer in the best way possible. You could create a complete halo eye or limit it to your lids to play with the bold colour scheme.

A post shared by namratasoni (@namratasoni) on May 15, 2018 at 12:20pm PDT

6. All that shimmers

2018 has proved to us that there is no such thing as ‘too much make-up’, and adding muscle to this OTT trend is Gigi Hadid. Spotted on the Met Gala red carpet, the highlight-heavy look was made even more breathtaking with the delicate teardrop detail that we’re dying to try ourselves.

Gigi Hadid eyes

Gigi Hadid at Met Gala 2018 

7. Goodbye cat eyes

Bid farewell to cat eye-liner malfunctions and meltdowns and say hello to the lazy girl’s guide to perfect eye make-up. The thumbprint eye-liner may have been introduced last fall, but smudge it a little and we have ourselves a completely new look for this season, endorsed by influencers from Selena Gomez to Tom Ford.  

A post shared by Jason Wu (@jasonwu) on Feb 8, 2018 at 9:25am PST

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8. Shape of hue

Identify as loud and proud? Match your make-up to your personality with this technicolour graphic eye paired with ultra fresh skin. People will stare, make it worth their time. 

A post shared by ✨ FlexMami (DJ + MTV Host)✨ (@flex.mami) on May 4, 2018 at 1:47am PDT

Photo courtesy: Imaxtree 

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