Trend-spotting is essentially the bulk of our job description, so of course, we tune in to every major award show in order to discern the next big thing in hair and makeup. Imagine us crowding over our computers, noses pressed up against the screen, trying to decide just what shade of lipstick our favorite actress or musician is wearing on the red carpet. That's quite honestly not far off from our current situation as we watch the 2018 American Music Awards.
The biggest names in music (and subsequently the whole of pop culture) are attending this year's show. That includes names like J.Lo, Dua Lipa, Ciara, Taylor Swift, and more. This year, they have something in common that goes beyond just award show attendance. They're all wearing a very similar makeup product. We're talking about icy, silver-white highlighter placed on the inner corners of their eyes. This is a huge departure from the highlighter trend we were seeing all summer, which was all about warm, golden hues.
Not only does cool-toned highlighter look bright and dramatic under camera flashes and lights, but it also gives the wearer an alert and wide-awake appearance. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite inner-eye highlights on the AMAs red carpet. Just be warned: You'll soon forgo your go-to gold shimmers for something icier and edgier.
Vanessa Hudgens was pretty in pink thanks to her expert makeup artist Patrick Ta, who posted this close-up image on his Instagram account. Silvery-pink highlighter was placed on the high points of her face and body, including an icy highlight in the inner corners of her eyes. To us, it looks similar to MAC Iridescent Loose Powder in Silver Dusk ($29).
AMAs host and actress extraordinaire Tracee Ellis Ross walked the red carpet with this intense silver highlight on the inner corners of her eyes. It's so bold, shiny, and metallic that it matches her diamond-encrusted choker and dangling rope earrings.
Taylor Swift's makeup was all about a radiant, allover glow. Her metallic silver dress (which we will refer to as disco-ball chic) was complemented by her velvety skin that had an even and subtle radiance. Even though she wore dark and heavy eye makeup, the white highlighter on her inner corners kept everything looking fresh.
Dua Lipa's warm, rosy-brown makeup was juxtaposed with a brilliant silver inner eye highlight. It made her eyes look awake, alert, and so pretty. Plus, it modernized her '90s-inspired look to fit a 2018 red carpet. See? Great makeup is all in the details.
Ciara's AMAs red carpet look was simply stunning. Her relatively low-key makeup allowed for her gorgeous long hair to grab most of the attention, but that doesn't mean we didn't notice the icy-white highlight on the inner corners of her eyes. She is the definition of cool.
Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite icy-white highlighters. Apply these to the inner corners of your eyes, and we promise you'll look AMAs red carpet–worthy.
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