This summer, the so-called “sunset eyes” shadow trend has been all over Instagram, and I’ve been obsessed. If fashion month is any indication, this trend will stick around throughout fall and winter, too, since it was seen all over the runways, and on influencers and celebrities at New York and London fashion weeks. Personally, I love it, since there’s nothing like colorful makeup to spice up blustery fall and winter days.
All it takes to achieve is a few shades of warm-toned color—think red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow. After you decide which shades you want to use, you apply from lightest to darkest. Then, you blend. The blending is super important, because the point of a “sunset eye” is to mimic the smooth color transition of the sky at dusk. In other words, it’s all about ombre.

I like applying a translucent yellow, orange, or pink in the inner corner of the eye, and blending it out into a rich red or magenta in the outer corner. I finish off the look with a quick swipe of mascara and that’s it! It’s super easy to do, but it looks striking and complex. Check out a few of my favorite eye shadow palettes to use for “sunset eyes.” Each one holds a number of warm pinks, reds, and orange tones that look great on anyone, at anytime!

First up is the Too Faced Just Peachy palette. I love the smooth, matte formula. Plus, the shades are already ordered from light to dark, meaning creating a quick sunset eye look is made fool proof!

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Next, I love this NYX In Your Element Palette, in Fire. The other palettes, Earth, wind, and water, are equally as dreamy, though I love this one in particular. I like that it includes neutrals like brown and charcoal, to make a sunset eye work for people who don’t like to get too crazy with color.

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Finally, there’s this Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette, which you ask me, was basically made for sunset eye shadow. The only catch is that it’s not available at Sephora until October 13th, but with a collection of matte, shimmer, and metallic shades, it will be well worth the wait.

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