It's Official: This Early-2000s Makeup Trend Came Back on the PCAs Red Carpet

Updated 11/12/18

Remember the early-2000s, that dream-like time when everyone wore butterfly clips in their hair, shopped for jewelry at their local Claire's, and hoarded velour tracksuits? If I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still hear the snap of my flip phone echoing in the distance. I can smell the Bath & Body Works body spray I spritzed each morning, and I can even feel my favorite frosted eye shadow being swiped across my eyelids. 

While flip phones have become dusty relics of the past and our Bath & Body Works body sprays have been joined by various bottles of expensive eau de parfum, it seems like the age of frosted eyes shadow might extend past the days of Lizzie McGuire and young Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. That's, at least, according to the People's Choice Awards, where multiple celebs came strolling down the red carpet donning frosty silver eye makeup.

In fact, it was the top makeup trend of the night. This follows in line with the biggest makeup trend from the American Music Awards, which took place last month. There, celebs substituted golden highlighters for icy silver ones on the inner corner of their eyes. That's why it's time to call it: Frosty eye shadow has officially made a comeback. Keep scrolling to see the cold hard proof.

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Busy Philipps wore a sheer wash of silver shadow, which made her look wide awake and radiant while walking the red carpet. The absence of any other heavy eye makeup (save for a little mascara) keeps it feeling fresh and modern. Her look is basically a masterclass in accurately modernizing an old makeup trend. 

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Jeannie Mai's frosty eyeshadow is similar to Philipps's in its silvery hue and subtle sheen. The way she paired her shimmery shadow with a nude lip and fluttery lashes keeps it looking both elegant and elevated. Even though it seems to have been inspired by a decade past, it's far from feeling old-school and dated.

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Gymnast Aly Raisman wore opaque silver shadow that was concentrated at her lash line, before being blended up into a rosy-brown shade at the crease. Even though her dress is giving us a late-'80s/early-'90s supermodel vibe thanks to the graphic design and shoulder pads, her makeup makes us want to watch Lizzie McGuire re-runs.

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This Is Us actress Susan Kelechi Watson, combined an icy silver shadow with another cool-toned lilac shade. The fact that this eye makeup is paired with a cool powder pink lipstick makes it exceptionally early-2000s to us. However, it works, thanks to a dewy complexion and a lack of bold color elsewhere. That's the key.

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Actress Katherine Mcnamara appeared to be wearing a shimmery light gray color atop her black smoky shadow. It's the more glamorous version of the frosty shadow we've seen before. That only makes sense, considering this was a glamorous red carpet event…

Keep scrolling to shop a few of our favorite frosty silver eye shadows. 

Nars Silver Screen Eyeshadow Quad $52
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For a silvery smoky eye, reach for this quad compact from NARS. The pressed powders are incredibly smooth and pigmented. We have a special place in our hearts for the silver shade on the bottom left. It's so icy it looks like winter compressed into a single shade.

Maybelline Silver Spark Eye Studio Color Tattoo Liquid Chrome Shadow $8
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This liquid eyeshadow stays put for hours and hours. This beauty writer may or may not have fallen asleep wearing it and woken up the next morning with near-perfect shadow. 

Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow In a Firenze 0.15 oz/ 4.5 mL
Stila Cosmetics Diamond Dust Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow $24
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For a glittery take on traditional silver eyeshadow, opt for Stila's iconic Glitter & Glow formula. It's insanely eye-catching, which makes it a go-to for holiday makeup looks.

Next, check out the 15 best beauty looks from the People's Choice Awards.

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