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The ’90s Frosted Eyeshadow Makeup Trend is Back and Better Than Ever

Olivia Rodrigo on the Grammys red carpet
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Eye makeup looks from the ’90s left their mark on the beauty industry, thanks to a ton of blue eyeshadow, lots of shimmer and glittery, iced-out lids. With the resurgence of all things Y2K, the eye makeup trend of frosted metallic lids in blues, pinks and silver hues is now also back in style, and we’re loving this trend that lets our eyes do the talking.

Iconic ’90s singers including Brandy and Christina Aguilera can be credited for popularizing the look back in its heyday. Whether they rocked shimmering lids to the Grammys or to the recording studio, their eyes sparkled in all their frosted glory.

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Brandy kissing a Grammy
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Brandy rocked warm pink and brown shades when she won a Grammy for her song with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine.”

Christina Aguilera in a recording studio
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Christina Aguilera opted for shimmery, metallic blue eyeshadow while working away in the recording studio.

Related: Grammys 2022: the best red carpet looks of the night.

How to wear frosted eyeshadow in 2022

In 2022, the celebs rocking the look are putting a new spin on the trend with dramatic eyeliner and muted yet glittery eyeshadow. Some are sticking to more neutral shades, while others are having plenty of fun with sparkles.

Try a fun wing like Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo at the Grammys
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At the Grammys, Olivia Rodrigo rocked a stunning frosted lid in silver and opted for a long, sharp wing to draw attention to the look. Opt for a silver or gold eyeshadow and then amp up your look with some edgy eyeliner.

Related: Olivia Rodrigo reflects on how fame has affected her mental health.

Go for simple yet stunning like Hailey Bieber

Hailey Bieber at the Grammys
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Hailey Bieber is all about a natural-looking makeup aesthetic, which is why her barely-there pink frosted lids work perfectly with her simple Grammys look. Go for fresh, dolphin skin makeup, then dust your lids with a pretty, shimmery neutral shade to get the frosted effect.

Taking inspiration from these celebs is a good place to start when thinking about frosted eyeshadow, but you can really get as playful as you want. As for eyeshadow that will easily help you get the look, we’d recommend Kosas’ gel eyeshadow, which comes in a variety of shimmery metallic shades that will look good on all skin tones.

Kosas 10 second eyeshadow gel

10-Second Eye Gel Watercolor Eyeshadow Smolder, Kosas, $19

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