This blog post is your exclusive passport into the future, a peek into the magic mirror that reflects the makeup trends set to dominate in 2023. Think of this as your trend forecast, a style weather report that keeps you informed and ensures that you are always several brush strokes ahead of the crowd.
From the high-octane drama of maximalist eye makeup, the ethereal glow of ‘glass skin,’ to the comeback of retro-chic aesthetics and the innovative integration of sustainable beauty products – we’ll be decoding them all! Each look is carefully curated, diverse, and exciting, proving that beauty comes in all shapes, shades, and styles.
As a seasoned beauty specialist who has studied the tectonic shifts of this industry for years, I bring you the blend of my expertise and passion intricately woven into this informative and engaging guide. This post will give you the knowledge, inspiration, and confidence to experiment, express, and enchant. And remember, while trends might be a guide, your face is your unique canvas, where you are the artist creating a masterpiece!
Naturally Glamorous: Nude Makeup Looks
Whether dining with friends or on prom night, a nude makeup look is your trusty companion. This timeless look is flattering for all seasons and allows you to personalize it.
Use a medium-coverage foundation and a touch of concealer for a natural look. Drape some pink blush on your face’s high points, and use the same color on the entire eyelid for a monochromatic look. Adding a sheen of bronze liquid gloss on your lids and a glossy neutral lip can give you that radiant glow. But if you’re in the mood for some drama, swap the neutral eyeshadow for a smokey look using dark brown tones.
Fun in the Sun: Summer Makeup Looks
Who doesn’t love the colorful, vibrant vibes of summer? This season is about playful experimentation with bright colors and fun makeup looks.
I love using soft pink eyeshadow, a nude lip, and fluffy soap brows for a perfect summer look and feeling bold. Try a purple brush over the entire lid, with faux freckles and a purple ombre glossy lip. Remember, as the temperature rises, switch to a lighter foundation or BB cream, and always apply sunscreen to protect your skin. After all, you want to enjoy the sunshine, not the sunburn!
That’s a wrap, my fellow beauty enthusiasts! I hope you find these looks inspiring and fun to recreate. Don’t forget to tag me in your makeup experiments—I’d love to see your gorgeous looks! Remember, the true magic of Makeup is in expressing yourself, so don’t be afraid to let your creativity shine. Stay glamorous!
Cozy & Colorful: Fall Makeup Looks
Oh, I adore the crisp fall air, hot chocolate, and updating my Makeup looks for the season! If you’re a lover of all things fall like me, then it’s the perfect time to embrace autumnal colors in your makeup routine. Think warm browns, cozy oranges, and dazzling golds. I know you can’t resist a bold lip with a simple eye look, but why not mix it up this year? Try a vivid eye look with a neutral gloss and see the magic. And don’t forget to hydrate and protect your skin with a good moisturizer and SPF—trust me, your skin will thank you!
The Subtle Art of Darkness: Goth Makeup Looks
Goth Makeup—it’s bold, it’s dramatic, and it’s undeniably captivating. Having always been intrigued by the diversity and evolution of the goth style, I’ve learned that some key elements persist over the decades—dark eyeliner, bold lips, and red eyeshadow. Taking a cue from Siouxsie Sioux’s iconic makeup style, why not try bold, geometric-shaped eyeliner? And if you’re feeling extra daring, try the reverse cat eye trend currently making waves. Cream concealer and a spooly brush can work wonders for achieving the edgy eyebrows look I’ve grown quite fond of lately.
Roaring with Class: 1920s Makeup Looks
The 1920s—the era of talkies, flappers, and drama-filled Makeup. While the cosmetics might not have been as flashy as The Great Gatsby led us to believe, the influence of stars like Clara Bow and Louise Brooks was significant. They favored a smooth, natural complexion, with rosy pink cheeks and thin, arched brows. If you want to recreate this aesthetic, use eyeliner for a thin brow and a Cleopatra-inspired liner. Or, stay natural on the eyes and let a deep red lip do the talking!
Iconic Glam: ’60s Makeup Looks
Ah, the 1960s—a daring era for Makeup. Stars like Twiggy and Diana Ross immortalized several striking makeup styles. Keep your skin fresh and clean to capture this vibe, adding just a touch of blush and lip stain. Next, define the natural crease of your eyelid with an eyeliner, drawing a crescent shape from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. Remember Twiggy’s drawn-on bottom lashes? They can be yours too! A bit of white eyeliner in the waterline will give your eyes that broad, doll-like look.
Totally Rad: ’80s Makeup Looks
Bold is back, baby! And the ’80s makeup looks are hitting the scene again but with a modern twist. Channel your inner Brooke Shields with bright eyeshadow, heavy blush, and full eyebrows. Use a spool brush and soap to give your brows that coveted fluffy look. Drape some pink blush on the highest points of your cheekbones and embrace vibrant hues like purple, blue, and pink. Trust me; you’ll look tubular!
Bohemian Chic: ’70s Makeup Looks
The ’70s—a golden age of makeup experimentation. From Bianca Jagger to Cher, iconic figures inspired eclectic styles. Start with a medium-coverage foundation, a touch of concealer, and some translucent powder under the eyes. Blue, purple, and green eyeshadows were all the rage and could be effortlessly applied with a large fluffy brush across the entire eyelid. Add a touch of eyeliner and mascara to your lashes, and you’re ready to channel your inner flower child.
Back to Basics: ’90s Makeup Looks
The ’90s brought us some of the most memorable makeup trends, many of which are making a massive comeback! Start by applying a matte foundation for flawless skin, keeping your brows full and fluffy with a pencil and some gel. Eyeshadow choices like blue, purple, and brown were popular, especially with a frosted finish. Slightly overlining your lips with a lip liner and a swipe of lip gloss will give you that iconic juicy pout. Oh, and don’t forget the eyeliner—lots of it!
A Canvas for Creativity: Creative Makeup Looks
Expressing your creativity through Makeup is one of the most empowering feelings. It’s like painting, but your skin is the canvas! From subtle and graphic eyeliner to color covering your entire face, the possibilities are endless. It’s not just for Halloween; you can create beautiful art pieces for an Instagram photoshoot or just for fun. Let your imagination run wild!
Bring on the Bright: Colorful Makeup Looks
Feeling a bit gloomy? Brighten up your Day with loud and bright multicolor eyeshadow. One of the most significant makeup trends this year, it’s a fabulous way to spice up your routine. Use a primer for maximum color payoff, and have fun playing with different color combinations. I’ve personally enjoyed pairing bright yellow with blue or purple with mint.
Go Green: Green Makeup Looks
Green—a versatile and oh-so-stunning shade to incorporate into your Makeup. No matter your eye color, there’s a way to make this color work for you. Try a shimmery peridot eyeshadow on the entire eyelid or a sage liner for a ’60s mod look. Don’t be afraid to play around with neon, sparkle, or different shades in the palette. Trust me; the result is always fantastic!
A Burst of Sunshine: Yellow Makeup Looks
Ladies, it’s time to turn up the heat with a makeup trend lighting up the beauty world—yellow eyeshadow. I first fell in love with this vibrant hue on TikTok, and let me tell you, it’s as bright and cheerful as a sunny day! To create a casual, everyday look, sweep a single shade across your lids, then complete the look with a dash of mascara and a subtle lip stain. When I’m feeling a little more adventurous, I like to blend a darker hue in the outer corners and use a white eyeliner for a bold cut crease. Top it off by lightly dusting some yellow eyeshadow on your cheeks and adding a shimmery highlighter. Instant sunkissed glow!
Less is More: Natural Makeup Looks
Remember when I was backstage at a fashion week event, entirely in awe of how the models off duty managed to look so radiant yet so natural? Well, it turns out, the secret is mastering the art of the ‘natural makeup look.’ Yes, it requires effort (it isn’t all just good genes), but it is worth it!
Start with a fresh face, layered with sunblock and moisturizer (your skin will thank you!). Depending on your skin type, a medium-coverage foundation works best, and you can add a bit of concealer if needed. But let’s not go overboard; we’re aiming for that natural glow. Get those brows fluffy and slightly filled in if required – I love using a brow soap or gel for that extra lift. A soft sweep of cream blush and bronzer will give you that sunkissed look, perfect for a day on the beach. For eyes, less is more – a coat of mascara and a hint of eyeliner will do. Round off with a clear gloss or nude satin lipstick, and you’re ready to rock the Day radiantly!
Fast & Fabulous: Easy Makeup Looks
Some mornings, we’re just in a rush. That’s when a trusty ‘easy makeup look’ comes to the rescue. I’ve saved many a day with a quick routine that uses just a few key elements.
Start with a moisturized, sunblock-protected face, and apply a minimal foundation base. Conceal any spots or imperfections, but keep it light. Fluff up your brows and fill in any gaps, using a bit of gel to hold them in place. A hint of bronzer can add warmth to your face, eliminating time-consuming contouring. Now, depending on your mood, you can go bold with a red lip (one of my personal favorites) or keep the lips neutral and let your eyes do the talking with a colorful cat eye. Pro tip: Double your lipstick as a blush to save time and tie the look together.
Candy-Coated Cutie: Cute Makeup Looks
If you’re like me and adore everything sweet and friendly, you’ll be over the moon with these cute makeup looks! I still recall the Day I first experimented with pop colors, and let’s say my makeup game has never been the same!
Begin with a clean base, and lift your cheeks with draped cream blush. Now comes the fun part – mix and match pop colors like yellow, green, and blue on different parts of your eyes and face. Create a vibrant blue cut crease, blending into green and harmonizing with your rosy cheeks. A dash of rouge on the nose or across the cheeks and nose bridge can add a youthful vibe. If you embrace this style, your aesthetic will ooze a unique charm.
Unleashing Drama: Euphoria Makeup Looks
Ever since Euphoria aired, I’ve been besotted by the characters and their dazzling Makeup! Rhinestones, bold colors, bright eyeliners… it’s all about celebrating the dramatic.
Recreate these iconic looks by starting with a primer on your eyelid. Then, using a fluffy brush, apply a bright eyeshadow color—lavender, sage, or aqua—over the entire lid. Add depth with a darker hue eyeliner, tracing along the crease, corners, or lower lash line. Finally, stick a few rhinestones on your eyebrows, eyelids, or underneath the eye. And there you go, you’re ready to capture every gaze in the room!
Mastering Minimalism: Simple Makeup Looks
Sometimes less truly is more. A clean, fresh base with a few distinct colors can create a striking impact. This is a simple, easily replicated style that always impresses.
Begin with a well-blended base of foundation, concealer, and a touch of translucent powder. If you’re feeling adventurous, add some cream blush or bronzer before setting your base. A hint of nude, bronze, or dusty pink cream eyeliner or eyeshadow on the outer corner of your eyes, gently blended out, can give you a natural finish. If you want to amp it up, go for a bold lip, but to keep it minimalistic, stick with a single coat of mascara.
Elegant & Timeless: Wedding Makeup Looks
There’s something magical about wedding makeup. It must withstand the emotions, the dancing, the laughter, and the tears while still making you look radiant. I remember the first time I did my friend’s wedding makeup. The glow in her eyes was priceless, and I’ve fallen in love with creating wedding makeup looks ever since.
Popular choices include neutral and bronzed tones, nude and glossy lips, dramatic lashes, and fluffy brows. Try a bold red or pink lip for a sultry feel or a smokey eye for something dramatic. The key is practicing beforehand and using a primer to keep your Makeup fresh all Day (and night!).
Internet Sensation: E-Girl Makeup Looks
Who knew TikTok could give us such a trendy makeup look? The e-girl aesthetic is fun to recreate.
Some iconic features of this trend include fake freckles painted over the nose and the top of the cheeks. (I tried hearts instead of freckles for a cute twist). Heavy blush on the tip of the nose and the apples of the cheeks, sharp eyeliner, and overlined cupid’s bow are also e-girl trademarks. Trust me; you’ll look adorable with this look!
Classic & Classy: Simple Makeup Looks with Red Lipstick
The classic red lip never goes out of style. With a flawless neutral base and lipstick taking center stage, this look can take you from a chic office day to a glamorous night out.
Creating a neutral base is essential to let your red lipstick shine. I like to keep the eyes subtle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with a cat eye or bushy brows. Trust me; you can never go wrong with a red lip!
Luxurious Shimmer: Gold Makeup Looks
Gold Makeup—ladies, it’s not just for the holidays anymore! This luxurious color has the versatility to dazzle on any occasion. Think subtle liner in the inner corner of your eyes or a sweep of metallic cream shadow across your entire lid. I love warming up my features with this color—it’s like a splash of sunshine on my face! My pro tip: use bronzer in the outer corner of your lid for a lifted look, and always apply a primer beforehand to enhance the shimmer and longevity of your eyeshadow. To finish off, I usually opt for a nude or clear gloss to keep the look from getting too overwhelming.
Regal Flair: Purple Makeup Looks
Purple eyeshadow—it’s a regal affair that doesn’t need a green-eyed canvas to make a statement! You can start with a subtle cat-eye in this vibrant hue, using a liquid liner for precision—I’ve found this gives a great effect. Or go for a smoky eye, fading out to purple, or a cut crease with different shades for added depth. For a retro ’70s vibe, sweep the color over your entire eye. A dab of pink cream blush on the highest point of your cheekbones and across the tip of your nose completes the look beautifully.
The Red Revolution: Red Makeup Looks
Red Makeup—it’s not just about a bold lip anymore! This sultry and versatile color allows you to create different looks each time. Starting with a classic red lip, pair it with a graphic liner and delicate bronzer for a timeless style. When I feel like mixing things up, I switch my dark liner for a rosy shade. Feeling brave? Swap out your neutral eyeshadow for a cherry color, and add a touch of gold or pearl in the inner corners and the tip of your nose for a brightening effect.
Cool Comeback: Blue Makeup Looks
Oh, how I love a good comeback! Blue eyeshadow, once the hallmark of the ’70s and ’80s, is making a grand return. Whether you opt for frosted cream shadows or subtle navy eyeliner, it’s all about giving it a modern, sophisticated twist. I like to start by prepping my skin with sunblock and primer for a natural look. Mix up various shades for a multidimensional effect—lighter on the lid and dark graphic liner is my go-to. The reverse cat eye trend, which places the colored eyeliner on the lash line, is a bold yet chic look that’s a hit on and off the runway.
Timeless Classic: Black Makeup Looks
Black Makeup—it’s an all-time favorite that fits any setting or mood. For an everyday look, I stick to a subtle black liner, but if I’m heading out with the girls, I blend it out to a smokey eye. The best part? You can incorporate this versatile shade into other elements of your Makeup. I’ve tried deep plum and even matte black lipstick for a dark, sultry vibe. Whether you wing it out, smudge the lash line, or add false lashes, the possibilities are endless.
Pretty in Pink: Pink Makeup Looks
Unleash your inner Y2K goddess with a pink makeup look! Instagram and the runways are flooded with this trend. The possibilities are endless, from a bold strawberry-hued graphic liner to soft blush and glossy lips. My favorite way to rock this trend is to use the same color on my cheeks and lids—it creates a unified, sophisticated look that’s suitable for everyone every Day of the year!
Playful and Daring: Fun Makeup Looks
One of the best things about Makeup is how you can let your imagination run wild. Break out your bright eyeliners, master the cut crease, and channel your inner Euphoria character with crystal embellishments. I’ve learned that with Makeup, there are no rules—mixing opposite hues, playing with patterns and graphic shapes, it’s all part of the fun. The inspiration is truly endless!
Seductive Shadows: Dark Makeup Looks
Sultry, mysterious, and perfect for the colder months, dark Makeup is an evergreen style. Start with a clean, flawless base, then use a dark liner to outline the corners of your eyes. You can add a pop of color to your smokey eye look, like purple or red, for a fresh, flirty vibe. Complete the look with a dark lip if you’re feeling adventurous, or keep it classic with a nude or red color.
Classic Glam: Smokey Eye Makeup Look
The classic smokey eye—every makeup lover’s secret weapon for a night out! Its versatility makes it timeless, with options ranging from subtle to full-on drama. The iconic version uses a dark eyeliner that fades outward into a smokey haze of dark shadows. But if you’re feeling playful, swap the dark hues for something brighter, like a dusty rose or bronze—it’s the perfect summer vibe. A dash of cream bronzer, blush, and a layer of clear gloss gives it a sophisticated, everyday feel.
Whimsical Wonderland: Butterfly Makeup Looks
Oh, the nostalgia of the ’90s and early ’00s! I remember butterfly hair clips being all the rage back then. Well, guess what? They are fluttering back, but this time, onto our eyelids. The intricacy of butterfly wings is the perfect inspiration for your next eye-catching makeup adventure. I fondly recall spending hours with my first set of liquid liners, practicing creating the perfect wings. Use your favorite color combo, and voila, you become a magical creature of beauty. Makeup beginners fear not! You can sweep a dreamy lavender or baby blue shade across your lid and add a dash of metallic gloss for that ethereal finish. And who says stickers are just for scrapbooking? Dot tiny ones on your cheeks, eyelids, nose, and forehead for an enchanting transformation.
Barely There: No-Makeup Makeup Looks
Let’s face it; we’ve all dreamed of waking up and looking like a supermodel. Though the “I woke up like this” vibe seems natural, even top models need a little help. I remember once mistaking Gigi Hadid’s minimal look for her naturally radiant skin! So, here are a few tricks to get that effortless no-makeup look. Start by hydrating and protecting your skin with SPF – it adds a glow while safeguarding from harsh sun rays. Add a touch of concealer in the inner and outer corners of your eyes to lift and brighten. Warm up the face with cream blush and bronzer. Finish off with a couple of mascara strokes and some brow gel. A light lip stain or gloss adds a nice touch but remember—less is more.
Unapologetically Bold: Baddie Makeup Looks
The baddie aesthetic is taking the internet by storm, and trust me; it’s here to stay. Reminiscent of my rebellious teenage years, this look champions nude lips, big lashes, and clean, flawless skin. Each look varies but follows a similar formula. Begin by hydrating your skin and applying a medium-coverage foundation. Use a concealer under your eyes and set it with translucent powder. The key is bold graphic eyeliner, and I sometimes swap the traditional black for a pop of color. Apply contour to the cheekbones and nose. Add some highlighter on your nose’s tip and the highest points of your cheeks for a lifted look. Finish with a nude or dark shade lip outline and glossy lips. It’s daring and fierce—just like you!
Breaking Norms: Crazy Makeup Looks
If you’re like me and sometimes feel tired of the conventional, why not go all out with a crazy makeup look? The first time I went wild, I painted a radar map on my face using purple, yellow, and pink—it was like wearing a weather forecast! Melting faces, abstract designs, the only limit is your imagination. Remember, these looks take time to perfect, so don’t feel disheartened if it doesn’t look right the first time.
Celebratory Shine: Graduation Makeup Looks
Congratulations, grad! For such a monumental occasion, your Makeup should be subtle yet radiant. I remember keeping my graduation makeup on the softer side—a smoky eye, a nude glossy lip, and a light contour. You could also go neutral on the eyes with bold brows, a nude lip, and a highlighter. If you’re up for something bolder like I was on my Master’s ceremony, opt for a red lip or fierce cat-eye. Remember, it’s your Day; pick something comfortable that accentuates the real you.
Timeless Elegance: Prom Makeup Looks
Prom night is one of the most memorable events of your high school life. Your Makeup should reflect your outfit and your personality. I remember going for a soft and buttery look with a bronze base and golden eyeshadow. A classic cat-eye and a red or nude glossy lip always work. Try to highlight either your eyes or lips; doing both might be a bit too much. I recommend practicing a few times before the big night to ensure a flawless application that withstands all the dancing!
Sweet and Romantic: Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks
Valentine’s Day is your chance to channel your inner romantic. Amp up the classic red lip with a dark cat eye, keeping the base neutral with some cream bronzer and blush. If you prefer a softer look, use a fluffy brush to apply a pastel pink across your eyelids, topped with mascara and clear gloss. For the bold ones, why not try painting tiny hearts on your eyelids or cheekbones?
Spooky and Fun: Halloween Makeup Looks
When spooky season arrives, it’s the perfect time to recreate those saved Instagram looks. Pay homage to your favorite Disney villain, or go all out with a Beetlejuice look. If you’re going for a low-key Halloween party or Zoom call, a bold eye with key character elements would be a hit. For a full-out look, why not dress up as Pennywise or Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas? But do practice the look before the Day to nail every detail.
Spring Vibes: Easter Makeup Looks
Easter is all about pastels and fun. Channel your inner cottagecore with a subtle, natural look using soft pink blush and pastel flowers on the eyelids. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a pink cut crease and paint bunny ears above your brows, or become the Easter Bunny yourself with a nose and whiskers. I promise you; you’ll hop with joy with this bunny-inspired look.
Holiday Cheer: Christmas Makeup Looks
Bring joy to every holiday occasion with stunning Christmas makeup. I love the Hollywood bombshell look with a candy cane cat-eye and a bold red lip—add a rosy blush for a just-in-from-the-cold effect. For a subtler look, apply green shadow on the inner and outer corners of your eye, blended with gold in the center. Complete the look with a pink gloss and full brows. This festive Makeup is so delightful even the Grinch couldn’t resist!
And there you have it, lovelies—a beautiful journey through a colorful world of makeup styles. From the whimsical butterfly-inspired looks to the understated allure of no-makeup Makeup, each one presents a unique opportunity to express your personal style and mood. The main tip to remember is to have fun with it. Embrace the colors, textures, and shapes that speak to you. Don’t shy away from experimenting—even if it feels out of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens!
Of course, remember to take care of your skin amidst all the fun. Always start with a well-hydrated base, and never skip the SPF. Don’t be discouraged if a look doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time—these things take practice, and the journey is part of the joy.
And one last piece of advice from someone who’s been there: Makeup should never be a mask to hide behind; instead, let it be a tool to accentuate your natural beauty and the fabulous individual you are. It’s not about conforming to a certain look or trend but about enhancing what makes you uniquely beautiful.
So go on, dive into this creative world of beauty and Makeup. Whether you’re simply brightening your Day or stepping up for a grand occasion, Makeup is a great companion to your radiant self-expression. Embrace the colors, blend those lines, and, most importantly, enjoy the process. Remember, every brush stroke is a brush with confidence and self-love. Happy beautifying!