Very few makeup looks scream summer like a gorgeous, ombré sunset eye. The warm, vibrant makeup looks like it’s meant for the beach or a tropical vacation. But, even if you have nothing more planned for the rest of the summer than a happy hour date with your besties, this sunset eye look will bring the heat. Think it looks too complicated to pull off? Think again. Ahead, we walk you through how to recreate this sunset eye makeup look by makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen in six easy steps.


STEP 1: Prep the Eyes With a Primer

Whenever you take the time to do an extensive eyeshadow look, you’ll want to prep your eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. What’s the use of putting all of the time and effort into your makeup if you’re just going to let it melt off two hours after applying? Try the Lancôme Primer It Boost It Eyeshadow Primer or Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

STEP 2: Apply Your Base Color

Using the NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic Shadow Palette in Hasta La Vista, apply a coral pinkish-orange matte shade all over your eyelid as the base. Really pack on the color for a vibrant look on the outer edge of your lid — this is where you’ll want the orange hue to be really noticeable in the sunset look.


STEP 3: Add Color to Your Crease 

Work the bright pink shade into the crease of your eye. Be sure to buff it out so the color looks diffused on the edges. To achieve the ombré color of a sunset, also apply the pink eyeshadow to inner half of your eyelid. Blend the barrier between the coral shade and the pink shade so there’s just a subtle color change.

STEP 4: Brighten the Inner Corners of Your Eyes

Moving on with the yellow-gold shade, brighten up the inner corners of your eyes. Take a small eyeshadow brush and pack on the pigment for a pop of color. Continue to blend the shade down underneath your bottom lash line, as well.


STEP 5: Add Color Underneath Your Bottom Lash Line

Moving back to the pink and orange hues, apply a light coating of the eyeshadow colors underneath your bottom lash line. The colors should go from yellow to pink to orange — just as they do on your eyelid.

STEP 6: Mascara, Always

Finish off your sunset eye makeup look by curling your eyelashes and applying a coat of black mascara. If you’re really looking to up the drama, apply false lashes instead.





Eyeliner is probably our favorite makeup product, not only because of its vast array of colors and finishes but also because of its ability to be used pretty much anywhere. Deconstructed eyeliner is one of our new favorite trends exactly for this reason — instead of traditionally lining the eye, you can use a liner to create a variety of different shapes, angles, and lines anywhere on the eye area. Ahead, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen for her take on the look. Read on to see how to master the technique.


STEP 1: Pick Your Pencil Carefully

According to Kohlhagen, beginning your deconstructed eyeliner look starts with choosing the right type of pencil. “It’s important to use a long-lasting waterproof eyeliner like theL’Oréal Paris Pro-Last 24H Eyeliner when you’re creating this kind of look,” she says. You’re going for crisp definition, not smudginess here. Color, however, is up to you. She opted for a mix of purple and burgundy shades to create this multi-dimensional finish.


STEP 2: Leave Parts Blank

Next, you want to pick up your pencil(s) and apply your lines with care. “I like to start with the inner corner and then work my way to the outer corner,” says Kohlhagen. After winging out the upper lash line, create a curved line at the crease. To nail the deconstructed’ appearance, Kohlhagen says she “left the spots between the inner and outer corner lines blank, so you can see the negative space between the colors.”

STEP 3: Set With an Eyeshadow

Once your lines are drawn, the best way to really make them pop is to add more color. “Eyeshadow can make the colors stand out more if the pencil you’re reads a bit sheer,” she says. Using a small, round-tipped brush, trace over the lines with a matching colored eyeshadow. This will not only add an additional layer of saturation, but it will also set the eyeliner and help avoid creasing.