With party season right around the corner, it was only right we start practicing our full beats. Enter martini makeup. You know, like cocktail hour makeup but taking more inspiration from the iconic martini cocktail and infusing it with hints of sparkle, sheeny-shiny glosses, and plenty of olive green. Something that is as captivating, punchy, and refreshing as the drink itself.
What is martini makeup?
Martini makeup is all about channeling the sophistication and allure of a classic martini but with a hint of drama (it’s party season after all); anything else would just be a bit dry…. The key elements of this makeup trend slowly dominating the beauty corner of TikTok includes shimmering eye shadows and eyeliners in shades of greens and metallics. Think golds, emeralds, and olive greens that mimic the olive garnish in a martini glass. The result? A sultry yet elegant look that’s perfect for a night out.
Celebrity makeup artist and author Lan Nguyen-Grealis is no stranger to doing a mean party makeup look and she says: “My take on the look is basically the shimmer cat-eye effect. It’s all about soft glamour with reflection. Reflective eye shadows are popular for creating glamorous and eye-catching makeup looks, especially for special occasions or when you want to add some sparkle to your eyes. You can find them in a wide range of shades, from soft champagne hues to bold metallics.”
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How to do martini makeup:
A glowing base is the key to nail this look. Start with a dewy sheen base using a luminous foundation or primer. “The look is designed to catch and reflect light, giving the eyes a luminous and striking appearance often seen on red carpet,” says Lan.
Metals for edge
Then focus on the eyes with shimmery eye shadows that catch the light beautifully. Metallic greens and golds can be blended to create a smoky, sultry effect, while a touch of champagne or silver shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes adds a twinkle reminiscent of the crispy cool bubbles that look almost crystallized in a cold martini.
Lan says: “Reflective eye shadows come in various colors and can be used to create both subtle and dramatic eye looks. They are often available in different forms, including pressed powder, cream, and liquid eye shadows. You can apply them to your eyelids using brushes, your fingers, or specialized applicators, depending on the product’s texture.”
“A top tip to create the look is to focus more on defining,” Lan says. “Leaving the eyelid exposed with a soft shimmer shadow, apply the darker shades in sockets and outer corner of eyes. Less black as possible or keep the liner delicate.” For ease of application, Lan also advises: “For the less experienced in makeup, using a cream shadow or liquid shimmer eye shadow does the trick as they don’t budge, need very little blending, and last longer.”
Gold or silver eyeliners and highlighters can be used to add a touch of glamour to your eyes, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow. These metallics mimic the sparkle of a freshly shaken martini and elevate the overall aesthetic.