6 Shimmery Eye Makeup Looks to Wear This Holiday Season

Updated 11/03/19

Truth be told, we love anything that shines and sparkles—glitter is just so pretty to look at. This might explain why shimmery eye makeup will always be on-trend and why we see it everywhere, from models on the runways during fashion week to our favorite celebrities on the red carpet. It's also the perfect look for the holiday season

There's just something about the holidays that makes you want to shine a little bit more than normal and go all out with your beauty look. To honor our love of sparkle, we picked six pretty shimmery styles we want to re-create and paired them with some of our favorite shimmery eye makeup looks that we're loving right now.

Shay Mitchell orange/red smoky eye
Shay Mitchell

Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta created this warm smoky eye with a shimmer on the lids for Shay Mitchell during New York Fashion Week. He mixed different shades from what looked like the orange/red color family and extended the color down near the waterline and all over the bottom of the eye.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette - shimmery eye makeup
Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette $54
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We know we don't have to do much to speak to the greatness of the Naked palettes. The Heat version in particular features shades in the brown, orange, and amber family to get the warm tones that Shay wore.

Gigi Hadid minimal eye glitter look
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For a minimal but still striking shimmer, try this look from the Anna Sui S/S 18 show. Makeup artist Pat McGrath placed a vertical glitter line that went down the entire lid and past the eye. She also dabbed glitter on the corners.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Eyeshadow - shimmery eye makeup
Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Eyeshadow $10
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To re-create the look, use this Maybelline liquid eye shadow. The applicator makes it so you can draw a straight line, and its creamy texture is very pigmented for strong visibility and long wear.

Joan Smalls dark magenta/purple eye look
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Celebrity makeup artist Sir John created this dark magenta/purple eye look on Joan Smalls for the MTV Video Music Awards. You can see shimmer splashed all over the lid and a little below the eye as well.

Esteé Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Currant Desire $56
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This palette offers five creamy shades that stay on for hours. Each is highly pigmented with a nice shimmer that isn't overpowering. Use the lighter shades to illuminate the eye area and the darker shades to create a smoky eye look like Smalls's.

Bella Hadid bright orange metallic eye look
Bella Hadid

Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo created this bright orange metallic eye look that sparkled right on the waterline and subtly across the lid on Bella Hadid.

Dior 5 Couleurs in 767 Inflame - shimmery eye makeup
Dior 5 Couleurs in 767 Inflame $62
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The metallic sheen and slight shimmer in this palette make for a very pretty eye look. The middle shadow is highly pigmented for a good base while the outer shadows contain that subtle glitter to liven up the look.

Olivia Wilde warm orange shadow with shimmer
Patrick Ta

In another Patrick Ta creation, Olivia Wilde sported a warm orange shadow with shimmer.

Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Smartorial
Marc Jacobs Beuaty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette Smartorial in Scandalust $50
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Not only can you mix different shades together, but you can mix different finishes—satin, velvet, silk (shimmer), and lamé (metallic)—with this palette to create multi-dimensional looks. Scandalust contains warm red and orange tones to help get the same look Wilde is wearing.

Miranda Kerr pale pink shimmer eye look
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Miranda Kerr sports a pretty pale pink shimmer across her lids (just one of our many favorite looks of hers). 

MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Paradisco $17
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This bright, pinky coral has a frost shimmer to it that matches closely to what Kerr is wearing. The formula is extremely blendable and highly pigmented.

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