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Stardust Shadow is the Perfect Makeup Trend for Spring: Here’s How to Get the Look

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Spring is here, and it’s time to shine — at least when it comes to the latest eyeshadow trend on our radar. Similar to the ‘90s frosted eyeshadow look, stardust shadow is a fresh take on an oldie-but-a-goodie makeup trend that’s taking the lead this spring.

Related: 20 perfect spring dresses under $150 in Canada.

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What is the ‘stardust shadow’ look?

According to Glamour UK, this shimmery, glittered eyeshadow look brings a soft, subtle spring glow to your face, pairing perfectly with a casual T-shirt and jeans aesthetic and with a gown on the red carpet.

After seasons of dark, dramatic smoky-eye makeup being the trend, this fairy-dust-for-adults-esque look feels modern, lightweight and fresh — and looks beautiful with a dewy skin finish.

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Some of our favourite celebs are rocking this makeup look

Want some examples of how stardust shadow can really shine?

Hailey Bieber, the queen of chic and simple makeup looks, recently showed off a dreamy take on Instagram.

It wouldn’t be a trend if Bella Hadid didn’t rock it. This look is the perfect dewy ‘no makeup’ makeup look paired with heavily highlighted skin.

YouTuber Emma Chamberlain also wears this look beautifully — spicing up the shimmer with a pop of colour and a bold lip for a more standout look.

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It’s perfect for prom and wedding-season makeup

Not into the stardust for everyday? That’s OK. As TikTok creator Anthea (AKA shared on our TikTok, a shimmery shadow is perfect for elevating formal and prom makeup looks.

Here’s how Anthea styled shimmer shadow with graphic eyeliner and delicate gems for a glowy look:


@slicedotca The prom look of dreams!! @Anthea 💘 @bybrookelle #makeuphack #prommakeup #prommakeuplook ♬ original sound – 🤵🏻‍♀️

How to get the ‘stardust shadow’ look

Whether it’s a natural glow-from-within vibe or a bold statement look, the stardust shadow makeup trend is taking over, and you’re going to want a shimmer or a packed pressed pigment shadow to achieve it.

The key, according to Glamour UK, is to “Look for shimmers that don’t have a highly pigmented base. You want the flecks to look almost suspended on your eyes.”


You can try the look for yourself:

shimmer eyeshadow

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Shadow and Liner, Amazon, $13.

This palette from Physicians Formula offers six shades of highly pigmented liquid powder shadow in neutral tones, allowing you to transform your eyes with a shimmery starlight glow, perfecting this look for any occasion.

This type of shadow is fairly easy to apply (you can use your finger or a stiff brush). To finish, go for a dewy setting spray — and this makeup look is here to stay.

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