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The instant I saw the glossy and glittery lavender eye look makeup artist Mary Phillips created on Hailey Bieber for the VMA’s, I knew I had to recreate it. The dimension didn’t translate on camera as well as I would have liked, but I absolutely loved experimenting with color.


Mercury Retrograde’s ‘Cosmic’, a metallic pink-lavender, is truly the star of the show. First, however, I used ‘Libra,’ a matte lavender, in my crease and lightly layered ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Supermoon’ to my lid for more blue and icy tones. Then, I tapped a sheer, milky lip gloss onto the center of my lids, and while it looked stunning and felt surprisingly weightless, it obviously creased like crazy. Finally, I carefully added mascara and kept my brows lifted and clean with a slight tint. I did my eye makeup before the rest of my face so I could clean up any fallout, and to complete the entire look, I added a cream eyeshadow under the outer corner of my eyes for a lifted effect.

HUDA Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette (‘Cosmic’)
Maybelline Lifter Gloss in ‘Ice’
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
ELF Brow Wow in ‘Neutral Brown’


I layered an oil and primer for extra hydrated skin before applying one of my favorite foundation and concealer combos. For glowy, natural cheeks, I blended out my cream bronzer and popped on a glossy highlight before adding one of my favorite pinky blushes. I wanted a more subtle and soft lip color, so I lined my lips with ‘Pillow Talk,’ and after blurring the edges, I lightly tapped on the matching lipstick and then piled on the matching gloss.

Milani Prep + Brighten Rose Face Oil
Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation in ‘3 Warm Olive’
Dior Forever Skin Correct Concealer in ‘2 Warm Olive’
Milk Makeup Matte Cream Bronzer Stick in ‘Blaze’
ELF Jelly Pop Glow Stick
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in ‘Pillow Talk’
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in ‘Pillow Talk’
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Pillow Talk’
Charlotte Tilbury Jewel Lip Gloss in ‘Pillow Talk’

Would you ever recreate this whimsical look?

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  1. You look gorgeous! We love the natural look!

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