One of the most prevalent beauty trends I’ve been seeing lately is holographic makeup. Sometimes called mermaid, holo or unicorn makeup, it’s light-bending, pastel rainbow effect can be a little intimidating for us 30+ crowd. There are a few ways you can subtly incorporate holographic makeup into you look without feeling like a baby disco princess. Feel free to go full-on hologram too though.🦄🌈
I recently got to collaborate with one of my favorite photographers on this ethereal, iridescent, holographic look. I drew inspiration from the Urban Decay Distortion palette itself, with it’s shattered fractal-like packaging and top row of holographic shades meant to transform and alter the shade they are applied on top of. I primarily used that palette to create the the model’s look.
- LimeLight by Alcone Botanical Foundation (sheered with oil)
- LimeLight by Alcone Complete Coverage Concealer
- RCMA Cream Blush palette
- Urban Decay Distortion Palette: Space, Mind Game, Blur on lids, cheeks, lips
-I mixed some of the shadow pigment with face oil to create a dewy, liquid highlighter
-For the lips, I brushed the shadow onto the model’s lips first then dabbed on gloss.
- Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss on tops of cheek bones, cupid’s bow, lips
- e.l.f. Stardust Glitter Eyeliner in Pink Opal, Sea Foam (applied at inner corners)
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
- I created some the fractal pieces by slicing a sheet of holographic cellophane paper into various triangular shapes. I applied them to the model’s face with eyelash glue, wanting to give an almost explosion effect on one side.
This photo shows how we took the look up a notch, making it a bit more evening, or as I call it, iridescent Elizabethan realness.
I added black liner to the top lashline and waterline, added depth to the crease and outer corner of the eye with deeper purple and applied a mid tone pink lip.
Added to Look
- Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil-Perversion (top lashline and waterline)
- Rogue from Distortion Palette (outer corner and crease)
- Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk
5 WAYS TO WEAR HOLOGRAPHIC MAKEUP
- Softly applied cheekbone highlight.
- Sheer wash of color on lid, bare or on top of another color
- Inner eye corner highlight
- Above the cupid’s bow and dusted onto center of bottom lip
- As a blush topper for slight sheen. Make sure to use a similar toned highlight to the blush color.
The Urban Decay Distortion palette contains 9 shimmer colors, 1 matte black and the top row of transformer shades, meant to layer on top of the others. The first time I saw this done was the Kat Von D Alchemist palette so if you have that, it would work just as well for this look.
The Distortion palette is arranged so that you could use trios of colors in a straight line down, so Bleach, First Offense and Territorial, for example. Smart, but I never a.) notice those things or b.) follow rules.
The e.l.f. Stardust Glitter Eyeliner in Pink Opal and Sea Foam made for perfect, inner corner highlights. They really do have a pearlescent quality to them. The name is a tad confusing though as they are not actually glitter liners, rather just shimmer.
While I didn’t use the following products, they would also make great forays into unicorn world. Clearly, Urban Decay can’t help themselves and are all about that #HoloLife, recently launching Disco Queen Holographic Highlight Powder and Holographic Disco Stick. I found both formulas a little lacking, to be honest.
e.l.f. Prismatic Highlighting Duos are a budget friendly way to wear holographic makeup and they surprised me with their subtlety and wearbility. Wet n’ Wild also just released a Goth-o-Graphic limited edition collection of holographic makeup so the options are endless and the prices are right!
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