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Here Are 7 Easy Eye Makeup Trends You Can Do, If You're Not An Eyeshadow Pro

No need for expert-trained hands to get these trends done.

Holiday parties are in full-swing now that December is here, and if you ask us—it only means more reasons to experiment with new outfits and even prettier makeup! Now isn't the time to play it safe, METRO ladies, for the holidays are a time to bust out the glitter, the color, and the unexpected looks!

Some eye makeup looks may seem complicated, but we're here to give you an easier time. (Beauty editorial originally from METRO Oct 2019 issue)
Some eye makeup looks may seem complicated, but we're here to give you an easier time. (Beauty editorial originally from METRO Oct 2019 issue; makeup by Carmel Villongco, hair by Mong Amado, model wears Tous necklace) | Dookie Ducay

It may sound tempting to just head out to a holiday party in your tried and tested combo of mascara, blush, and pink lipstick, but this season, we're pushing you to get out of your comfort zone and bring on the #looks! 

For Fall/Winter 2019, the runways were brimming with eye makeup trends to try, from graphic eye liner to splashes of color, to sparkle and shine which always gets us excited. Don't turn your backs on these just yet, because unlike complicated blending of eyeshadow hues, these trends require just one product, and can totally be done by beginners like yourself. Ahead, seven of the prettiest eye makeup trends we love, and our top picks so you can make your peepers the star of the show! 

Glitter for Days

Glitter is having a golden moment these days, and we're definitely not complaining! Gone are the days when safe, neutral eyeshadow was the only way to go. These days, glitter can be found on eyeliner, eyeshadow, highlighter, and even lipstick! Wow everyone at the party by sprinkling your eyes with a dash of glitter—and we mean a messy chic one. Use your fingers to swipe some color glitter dust onto your eyes, smudge, and off you go! Pro tip: use an eyeshadow base to keep things in place. 

Dries Van Noten F/W 2019
Dries Van Noten F/W 2019 | Harper's Bazaar

NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Inferno

Apply glitter eyeshadow easily on your lids with highly pigmented eye shadow hues from NARS' Studio 54 Inferno palette. We say go for the red for maximum impact!

  • NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Inferno

Negative Space

Got your trusty eye liner? Draw away! Instead of filling your usual winged eyeliner outline in, leave it empty for eyes that will make them look twice. This take on graphic eyeliner is edgy yet totally wearable, and can be done with either a jet black gel liner, or a pin-thin liquid eyeliner if you're after a subtler look. Again, if your eyelids tend to get oily after a few hours, a primer can work wonders to keep it in place.

Moon Young Hee F/W 2019
Moon Young Hee F/W 2019 | Harper's Bazaar

Pat McGrath PermaGel Eye Pencil

The Pat McGrath Labs PermaGel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil is a cult favorite for good reason. It stays on all day, is mess and smudge-proof, and allows you to create more than just a basic eye line. A worthy investment!

  • Pat McGrath PermaGel Eye Pencil

Color the Line

Once again, we're ditching the predictable black eyeliner and switching to the colorful side. For the season, we're lining our eyes a bright pop of pink, blue, gold—you name it! This look doesn't even require you to apply eyeshadow. Just go bare and line it!

Guy Laroche F/W 2019
Guy Laroche F/W 2019 | Harper's Bazaar

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner

You've surely got a trusty black eyeliner somewhere in your kit, but a yellow gold one? We say go for it. 'Tis the season to experiment with megawatt colored liners you can totally play with at every party! This one in 'Gold Getter' is waterproof, has a liquid-gel formula, and is long-wearing too!

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner

The New Cat Eye

The traditional cat eye requires you to line your entire upper lash line and create a feline-inspired edge for a flirty finish. Why not try going edgy this time around and create cat ears-looking shapes on the edge of your eyes? Playfully unexpected, yet totally cool and wearable, just like this Natasha Zinko F/W 2019 runway look!

Natasha Zinko F/W 2019
Natasha Zinko F/W 2019 | Harper's Bazaar


A creamy eyeshadow stick that acts as a liner and as an eyeshadow, the cult-favorite Caviar Stick is a staple in pro makeup artists' kits. We love how one swipe gives off rich color that stays on for hours.


Color Splash

Sometimes, we don't really have the time to carefully blend our eyeshadow to perfection, so the color splash trend really comes at a time when time is off the essence. Don this look for a playful party vibe! The brighter, the better! Swipe on a solid hue for a can't be bothered look.

Mugler F/W 2019
Mugler F/W 2019 | The Zoe Report


This highly-pigmented, vegan eyeshadow palette has a great mix of neutral base shades and brighter pops of color when you're in the mood to play. For this trend, we're eyeing the bright pink, blue, and purple hues!



If glitter isn't really your cup of tea but are still in the mood for shimmer and sparkle this holiday season, the metallic lid may just be what you need. Unlike complicated eyeshadow blending, the metallic lid allows you to swipe on your chosen product and smudge it to perfection. Just like this Anais Jourden F/W 2019 look, a silver, gold, or bronze eye is surely the way to go.

Anais Jourden F/W 2019
Anais Jourden F/W 2019 | The Impression


This limited-edition holiday set gives you a bang for your buck with four coveted Caviar Eye Stick shades: Rosegold, Copper, Burnished Bronze, and Cocoa. We love its crease-free formula that allows you lots of possibilities for eye makeup looks!


The Side Eye

One great way to go about playing with eye shadow is to focus them on the outer corners of the eye, creating a winged effect minus the harshness of eyeliner. We love the way Chloe's F/W 2019 runway did it, with a neutral hue that naturally enhances the eye shape. Add a bit of shimmer on the middle, curl your lashes, add mascara, and you're good to go!

Chloe F/W 2019
Chloe F/W 2019 | InStyle

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eye Palette

The iconic brand Anastasia Beverly Hills finally arrives in Manila at Rustan's Makati and offers us more than just their cult-favorite brow products. We're eyeing the Sultry eyeshadow palette, a riskier yet useful set of hues for trends such as this.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eye Palette

Lead photos from Harper's Bazaar