When it comes to creating makeup looks that are outside of the norm, look for inspiration in a variety of places. Whether it’s something your favorite makeup artist posted on Instagram, or a specific product that caught your eye on your last Sephora trip, experimenting with different makeup looks is one of the most creative and gratifying ways to have fun.
That's especially true when it comes to galaxy makeup, which is one of the most intriguing makeup trends of the moment. It combines our love for shiny, sparkly highlighters and alien-esque holographic color to really create something out-of-this-world. Whether you want this look to be dramatic or have a light influence on the features you choose is up to you (if you want to just bring in the theme ever-so-slightly, you can opt to apply color on a single feature—whether the eyes, cheeks, or lips—for a lighter look and finish).
What's more is that galaxy makeup allows for any color palette you wish: You can opt for any shade, preferably if the tones flow well together. The potential—just like space and time—are endless. Keep scrolling to see the best products for creating galaxy makeup.
To play up your lips with a galaxy theme, you can choose any lip color you’d like, just be sure to add the lustrous effect of a shiny and glittery product to re-create that constellation look, as this really speaks to the trend. Use a gloss such as Lipstick Queen's Space Cadet (on top of any lipstick color of your choosing). Not feeling any kind of lipstick? Just apply the gloss to bare lips for a soft, delicate amount of shine and sparkle. If you’d rather opt out of using lipgloss, you can apply a powder highlighter on top of lipstick with a fluffy brush for a metallic effect.
This dark liquid lipstick is the perfect color to apply underneath the aforementioned Space Cadet lipgloss. The navy blue is as dark as outer space and looks stunning when paired with tiny light-catching shimmer particles in a glittery gloss.
If blue and purple aren't your preferred colors, reach for this hot pink lipstick from Pat McGrath Labs. The lipstick itself is fully opaque, so just one swipe will do the trick. Here's where the galactic element comes in, though: it has thousands of pieces of eye-catching shimmer particles inside.
This is where you can get really creative with eyeshadow to help convey your galaxy theme, as the sky’s the limit for color combinations. If you want a bolder eye makeup look, apply an eyeshadow primer to the eyelids first (like Urban Decay's Primer Potion $24). Then follow up with your choice of eyeshadow based on the color scheme you’re going for. Don’t forget to top it off with a generous amount of shimmer and shiny glitter for the ultimate halo effect. Want it to look really extra-terrestrial? Complete your look with a color or glitter mascara.
This palette from Huda Beauty is full of vivid blue shadows that come in both matte and shimmer finishes. Notice the icy silver shade, which is perfect for using as a highlighter on the inner corners and brow bone. You can even try layering it over one of the deep blue shadows for a metallic, brightening effect.
Lime Crime's Venus 2 Palette is another go-to product for creating myriad galaxy-inspired eye makeup looks. It houses a nice variety of shades for mixing and matching, including a charcoal black shade infused with holographic shimmer.
Lemonhead L.A. is a beauty brand that makes obsession-worthy glitter pastes for use on the face, hair, and body (it's a music festival-goer's dream come true). This version features chunky glitter particles in the shapes of stars and crescent moons.
As for mascara, look no further than this bright blue offering from Yves Saint Laurent. It's luxurious, it's bold, it's cool. Consider it to be the Paris Fashion Week of color mascaras.
Tie this entire look together by applying highlighter on the cheekbones to really make an impression. The more highlighter, the better, so feel free to apply liberally and have fun with it. Highlighter should be the last thing you apply, so if you want to wear blush, be sure to apply the highlighter on the cheekbones after blush application. You can use a highlighting stick that glides onto the skin easily and then finish with a highlighting powder to set it all into place. When powder is placed on top of cream texture, it makes it last all day without sliding off the skin.
When applying highlighter to the eyes and cheeks, be sure to blend it all together so it has a lit-from-within effect. For instance, you can apply the highlighter under the brow and continue blending it down along the cheekbone—you won't be able to tell where it starts or ends. With this technique, it appears as if you’ve spent hours blending your makeup to perfection, when in reality it only took you a few minutes.
This highlighter can look as natural as the sun hitting your cheekbones on a sunny day at the beach, or it can be layered for a more eye-catching glow. The iridescent champagne shade makes it a good match for all skin tones.
Most galaxy-inspired highlighters use cool-toned shimmer (like silver, lilac purple, or light blue). This one is a refreshing mix-up from the norm. The icy white tone is embedded with tiny gold micro-particles that give a warm glow to the skin.
The good thing about a highlighter palette is that it contains shades that you know already pair well together. This one from cruelty-free brand, Lime Crime, houses 3 separate shades—iridescent white, pink, and purple-blue.