The future is here…and it’s holographic. From the red carpet to editorial shoots to social feeds, rainbow metallic beauty is taking over. Think chromatic eyeshadow, shimmering highlighter, and pearlescent lipstick. And while this shiny, trippy trend is all the rage, it doesn’t necessarily scream wedding…or does it? When done right, it can be a total bridal beauty do. “The key to pulling off otherworldly makeup on your special day is to apply holographic products with a light hand and to be strategic with your application,” says Krystyn Johnson, a celebrity makeup artist whose clients include Chloe Grace Moretz and Susan Kelechi Watson. Here, pro tips to take this mystical makeup trend from the runway to the aisle.
To turn this trend into a more wearable, wedding-ready look, try focusing on one feature, like your eyes. Lightly sweep a prismatic color across your lids and in the inner corners for a soft, light-catching look. For an alchemic effect, try the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, which offers four shimmering shades. (Alchemist Holographic Palette, $32, Kat Von D; available at Sephora)
“These luminizing yet highly pigmented powders can be worn alone or mixed to create your own custom color,” says Johnson. For a liquid look, channel your inner mermaid with Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. This trio of glittering chromatics leaves lids glimmering. (Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24, Stila)
You can also add shine with a glossy sheen, like Milk Makeup Face Gloss. To amp up the drama, use your finger to sweep an iridescent on top of a dark shadow to create a multidimensional smoky eye. Complete the look with a coat or two of black mascara—or go wild with purple or blue lashes. Johnson recommends balancing opalescent eyes with a soft pastel-pink cheek and lip. (Face Gloss, $20, Milk Makeup; available at Sephora)
When it comes to highlighter, it’s all about enhancing your features in a subtle way. “If you use too much, the light-reflective properties of the holographic highlighter will make you look like a shiny space cadet instead of a beautiful, glowing bride,” says Johnson.
Opting for a cream, liquid, or gel formula? With your fingers, lightly dab and press a small amount on your cheekbones, on your Cupid’s bow, and in the inner corner of your eyes. Avoid the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your brow bone. “Using a cream highlighter and your fingers will ensure that you don’t pick up too much product, and the warmth of your fingertips will help melt the product into your skin.” Milk Makeup Holographic Stick offers a sheer, ultraviolet lavender-pink glow that looks heavenly on pretty much every complexion. (Holographic Stick, $28, Milk Makeup; available at Sephora)
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Halo is a liquid illuminator that can be worn alone or added to any liquid beauty product, from moisturizer to primer to foundation. (Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, Cover FX; available at Sephora)
If a powder highlighter is your preference, Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Transcendence and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed-Prismatic Amethyst are stunning options. Be sure to use a soft fan brush to lightly dust the highlighter onto your cheekbones. Then take a clean brush to blend, blend, and blend some more, making sure there are no harsh lines. You want the galactic glow to look like it’s coming from within, not just sitting on your skin. (Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Transcendence, $32, Stila; Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed-Prismatic Amethyst, $38, Becca, available at Sephora)
You don’t have to have a space-age-themed wedding to rock holographic makeup. For an easy yet impactful way to wear this trend down the aisle, opt for a prismatic pout.
If you favor a glossy finish, Sigma Lip Switch is available in three shades that have been described as “tiny galaxies in a tube.” Another top pick: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Emma, which leaves lips looking gorgeously glazed with an opalescent gleam. The best part? These glosses can be worn alone or layered on top of other lippies to add a kaleidoscope effect! (Lip Switch, $14, Sigma; Full-On Lip Polish in Emma, $20, Buxom, available at Sephora)
“High-shine gloss is definitely attention-grabbing, however, you don’t want it to grab attention for the wrong reasons—like it being smeared all over your groom’s face after he goes in for a big smooch,” says Johnson. If you don’t want to limit your wedding PDA to quick pecks, try layering Bite Beauty Opal Crème Lipstick over your favorite lipstick to add a subtle ultraviolet dimension. This will leave your pout with an ethereal shine, sans the stickiness of a lip gloss. (Opal Crème Lipstick, $24, Bite Beauty; available at Sephora)