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‘Angel Eyes’: Could This Ethereal Eye Makeup Trend Take Over in 2023?

A woman wearing white eyeshadow in front of a pink background
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A new year means it’s time for new makeup trends, and the start of 2023 has launched the latest ethereal eye look – “angel eyes.”

This year looks like it’ll be all about duality, with the rise of darker, dramatic makeup styles like goth glam and marinated makeup alongside delicate, elegant looks with clean nail polishes and the latest: angel eyes.

Related: The top 10 style and fashion trends to watch in 2023.

What are angel eyes?

Celebrity makeup artist Joy Adenuga explains to POPSUGAR that the “angel eyes” trend is when you create a sublime, “angelic” look with “your eyes [as the centre] stage of your makeup.”

Boasting soft, shimmery tones, this look – which rose to popularity back in the early aughts – serves as a sort of counter to the rise of Wednesdaycore. Most often, “angel eyes” involves using white eyeshadow or eyeliner alongside frosty shades and bright, glossy glitter.

“The classic ‘angel’ trend is to use mostly white, a colour most people are not comfortable wearing,” Adenuga adds. “Another way you can nail the trend from home is by swapping the white for coloured-yet-frosted shades such as bright lilacs, sky blue, mint green and more.”

See also: Beauty picks 2023: Our favourite beauty products to try this January.

Get the look

If you’re hoping to channel the “angel eyes” look, it’s time to hone in on simplicity. It’s not about blending together multiple colours — it’s more about a minimal, clean swipe of a frosty shadow.

Rare Beauty Weightless Eyeshadow Primer

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Weightless Eyeshadow Primer, Sephora, $27.

You’ll really want that shimmering white or pastel to pop, so it’s essential to start with an eyeshadow primer, like Rare Beauty’s Weightless Eyeshadow Primer.

Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow


Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in Sheer White Sparkle, Sephora, $28.

In terms of eyeshadow, we’d opt for something like this Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in Sheer White Sparkle.

PAT McGRATH LABS Bridgerton MTHRSHP: Belle of the Ball Eyeshadow Palette

PAT McGRATH LABS Bridgerton MTHRSHP: Belle of the Ball Eyeshadow Palette, Sephora, $86.

If you want to add a splash of soft colour to the look, you could also go with this Pat McGrath Labs Belle of the Ball Eyeshadow Palette, which boasts a range of bright, shimmering pastels.

Ultimately, with the angel eyes look, the way you apply your eyeshadow makes all the difference.

“Pressing, not rubbing, will ensure maximum glitter pay-off and minimal fallout,” makeup artist Tommy Napoli tells Allure.

In terms of the rest of the look, it’s really up to you. Whether you’d rather go for a nude lip or a bold liner, the beauty of the frosty angel eye is that it’s an adaptable trend that can fit with a big range of styles.

You may also like: 10 cute hairstyles that we predict will be everywhere in 2023.

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