I Found the 9 Chicest Beauty Looks on IG—These Products Are Responsible

Erin Jahns
·8 min read

Pre-2020, I could count on two hands the number of times I had worn a supremely sparkly or Technicolored makeup look (all of which were probably relegated to my dancing years filled with recitals and halftime performances). I've never been scared to wear five coats of mascara, a fire-engine red lipstick, or neon green nail polish, but when it comes to bold eye shadow, I've always gone running in the other direction. (My collection of very neutral, slightly shimmery shadows is definitely my happy place.)

Of course, this year, I've had a lot more time on my hands. Since I've been at home 90% of the time, I've experienced a surge of bravery in the makeup department. In other words, I've finally started to dip my toe into the world of some over-the-top, Instagram-worthy makeup looks. I'm still getting warmed up, and I'm still at my most comfortable surrounded by relatively subdued color palettes and finishes. But as an ode to some of the most talented makeup artists and to show off some of the coolest bold makeup looks waiting patiently in my "looks to try" saved folder on IG, I thought I would share nine of my favorites and all of the products needed to re-create them yourself. (After scrolling through this article, you will want to paint your face with every color of the rainbow and glitter, even if you have no place to go.) Keep scrolling! Nine of the best makeup looks on Instagram are just below.

The Look: Chrome Serpentine

To call Danessa Myricks's Instagram a sight for sore eyes would be the ultimate understatement. As a renowned makeup artist and CEO of her namesake makeup line, she creates every kind of look imaginable, many of which involve bold color combinations, sparkling finishes, and ultra-dewy skin. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I can't stop looking at this metallic, green-gold chromatic cat eye.

The products:

Danessa Myricks Beauty Beauty Oil ($30)

Danessa Myricks Beauty Illuminating Veil ($22)

Danessa Myricks Beauty Balm Contour ($26)

Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix 24-Hour Cream Color Matte in Valentine ($18)

Danessa Myricks Beauty Twin Flames PR Kit ($260)

The Look: Buttercup Lids

It might be the dead of winter, but I can't help but fantasize about warmer, sunnier times. This look, created by celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney, is the next best thing to taking an actual vacation thanks to the bright, buttery pop of shadow, impeccably glossy lip, and super-fresh, radiant skin. (Don't be afraid to layer on a few extra coats of mascara, too!)

The products:

Becca Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter ($38)

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($47)

Nars High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Sunset Boulevard ($24)

Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette ($19)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Extravagance! ($50)

Viseart Petite Pro 4 Apricotine ($30)

Beautycounter Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Hibiscus ($38)

Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish ($10)

The Look: Cool Cobalt

ICYMI: Opaque, cobalt-blue eyes have been having a moment, and we predict the stunning trend will have long enough legs to walk well into 2021. I have a few sapphire-inspired looks in my saved folder, but this one from makeup artist and hairstylist Stella Tu is a top priority on my recreation list—fluffy brows, a flick of mascara, fresh skin, and a barely-there lip are all it needs as its supporting cast.

The products:

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream ($100)

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation ($50)

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer ($40)

VaniT Liquid Radiance Highlighter Drops ($30)

Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in My Boyfriend's Jeans ($14)

Maybelline Sky High Washable Mascara ($9)

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unbutton ($25)

The Look: Royal Cat Eye

Bold, Technicolored liner started its ascent a couple of years ago, and unlike so many beauty trends that quickly lose traction, it's only continued to gain momentum. Any color is fair game, and you can play with the thickness of your liner application, but celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo really killed it with this royal blue-purple iteration. Plus, it was created with drugstore products, so you won't break the bank if you want to order the exact formula lineup.

The products:

Quo Beauty Liquid Foundation ($20)

Quo Beauty Featherweight Cream Blush in Dreamy ($14)

Quo Beauty Glow Getter Illuminating Drops in Champion ($22)

Quo Beauty Cosmic Cream Shadow in Nebula ($8)

Quo Beauty Liquid Precision Marker in Ultra Violet ($12)

Quo Beauty Velvet Kiss Liquid Lipstick in Coffee First ($14)

The Look: Earthy Bronze

FYI: A bronzy, sun-kissed skin vibe is always relevant, no matter the season. If you're not into bright colors or lots of glitz, this warm makeup look featuring shades of brown, nude, and gold is still a great way to enhance your features, and you can easily customize the shades you choose based on your skin and undertones. To make it pop, make sure you go big with your lashes (if not falsies, a few extra coats of mascara) and a juicy hit of poppy blush. (The one used here from Nudestix is magically flattering on everyone we know.) Also, makeup artist Serena Wyllie is truly the queen of all things glowy, so if that's your vibe, I highly recommend checking out all of her beautiful work.

The products:

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Hydrating Primer ($32)

Nudestix Tinted Cover Foundation ($35)

Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color in Poppy Girl ($32)

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara ($24)

Barbara Mordini Deluxe 2.0 Individual Lashes in 12mm ($20)

Mecca Max Zoom Shadow Stick in Espresso ($18)

Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick in Bubble Rum ($22)

The Look: Make It Pink

Who would have thought pink- and blue-centric eye shadow looks would be the trend du jour of all of the coolest celebrities and makeup artists? These vibrant color palettes aren't for the faint of heart, but I love what Vanngo did here with celebrity client Lily Aldridge. The shimmering pink lid is less intense than an opaque wash of hot pink, but the burgundy liner really makes it sing and opens up the eyes.

The products:

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara ($27)

UZ Eye Opening Liner in Burgundy ($16)

Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Pressed Pigment Palette in Neon Orange ($32)

Rituel de Fille Ash & Ember Eye Soot in Anima ($38)

Clé de Peau Beauté Powder Blush Duo Refill in Peach Tulip 103 ($50)

Haus Laboratories RIP Lip Liner in En Pointe ($16)

The Look: Tigereye

A friendly warning from us to you: Once you find yourself on Sarah Novio's Instagram, you'll never want to leave. (In fact, we love her work so much that we named her one of our up-and-coming beauty legends to watch earlier this year.) All of her makeup looks are, quite literally, a sight for sore eyes, but between this vampy dark lip and gem-like eye vibe (tigereye immediately comes to mind), we're chomping at the bit to try the look out ourselves ASAP.

The products:

Patrick Ta Major Brow Shaping Wax in Clear ($22)

Glossier Brow Flick in Brown ($18)

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VIII: Divine Rose II ($125)

Pat McGrath Labs Mothership III: Subversive Palette ($125)

Juvia's Place The Saharan Eyeshadow Palette ($20)

Essence I Love Extreme-Volume Mascara ($5)

Nyx Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner ($9)

Revlon So Fierce Vinyl Eyeliner in Midnight Mystery ($7)

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Unveil ($25)

The Look: Fresh Flames

Meet Nawel Moummad, a France-based beauty obsessee and makeup wiz who, like Novio, made our list of rising stars last September. Moummad's makeup MO is definitely bold, from flowers to pearls to gems to chunky glitter. No craft store–found item is left behind, and we admire her creative gusto and feel inspired to try our own versions of even her most out-there esthetics. I mean, if anyone is going to get me to adorn my eyelids with enchanting silver flames, it will be, without a doubt, Moummad. Her It list for this look is just below, and I'll be having everything she is, thanks.

The products:

Milk Makeup Eye Pigment in All Nighter ($19)

Beauty Bay Liquid Crystal Eyeshadow in Selenite ($4)

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter in Sand Castle/ Mint'd Mojito ($18)

MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Faux Sure! ($30)

KVD Vegan Beauty XO Vinyl Lip Cream Lip Gloss in Blossom ($20)

The Look: Electric Tangerine

Thanks to all of our mask wearing, the focus has been (and most likely will continue to be) the eyes. That said, we're still proponents of megawatt lip looks, and who's to say a look consisting of a tangerine lip, fresh skin, and a practically naked eye isn't a fun new direction for your next Zoom meeting or socially distanced social venture. Here, Vanngo wields his magic yet again, and it's really all about electric lip lacquer, courtesy of Burberry.

The products:

Burberry Burberry Kisses Lip Lacquer in Tangerine Red No.35 ($37)

Vegamour Vegabrow Tinted Volumizing Gel ($25)

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