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Neon splashes of color in the inner corner of the eye: How to succeed in the make-up trend “Mermaid Tears”!

When it comes to the latest beauty trends, the famous Kardashian-Jenner clan is always ahead of everyone else. Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you probably know that the family owns two in-house makeup brands – KKW Beauty, launched by Kim Kardashian in 2017, and Kylie Cosmetics, introduced by Kylie Jenner in 2015. The arrival of the two beauty brands allowed us to stay updated on the latest makeup trends set by the Kardashians. The latest eyeshadow trend popularized by the Kardashian-Jenner sisters is called “Mermaid Tears,” which basically means conjuring colorful dabs of eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye to look like the magical tears of a mermaid.

Trendsetters make a statement with Mermaid Tears

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Call it a coincidence, but Pinterest has also predicted this exact trend for 2021. Searches for “color accent in inner corner of eye” are up 45 percent year-over-year in the U.K., Canada and Australia. Neon colors have also become the biggest color trend of the year. From fashion to beauty to accessories, we keep seeing neon shades of green, orange, pink, purple, turquoise and yellow pop up on our Instagram feeds. And these are exactly the colors that are popular for making up mermaid tears.

Mermaid Tears Neon Lidschatten Farbtupfer

Why everyone loves this exciting makeup look so much? It instantly makes the eyes look more awake and bigger, and it also puts you in a good mood! And you know what? Mermaid Tears are the easiest makeup trend to recreate out of all the ones we’ve seen this year! Excited? Read on for a quick and easy tutorial on how to master the eye makeup trend. The best part? It doesn’t require any special makeup skills and can be mastered even by a makeup novice.

What to look for in the look?

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If you’re not used to such colorful makeup, start with a more subtle shade like purple or turquoise. For women who want to showcase their eyes and aren’t afraid to play with colorful makeup, neon eyeshadows are the best option. Neon yellow was the most used suggestion within the trend, as it matches almost every eye color.

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Apart from being super trendy, neon eyeshadow has another advantage: the bright and vivid colors instantly make your eyes look more awake and fresh. However, besides neon, you can also use shimmery eyeshadows in other colors, such as white, silver or gold. Choose the shade that best matches your skin tone or that creates an effective color contrast with your eyes. To figure out which colors go well with you, you can either determine your seasonal type or rely on complementary color theory.

Augen Make up in Pink Lila von Kylie Jenner

Another super important point to achieve the highlighting result and make your eyes look bigger is to make sure that the makeup you choose has good pigmentation. For this reason, liquid and cream eye shadows are highly recommended, but you can also use a well-pigmented product in powder form, either over the liquid eye shadow or alone. Using an eyeshadow primer only on the inner corner of the eye also helps in fixing the eyeshadows, especially on hot summer days. A colorful gel eyeliner pencil is another great option for those who want to try the trend – plus, it’s super convenient to use.

Here’s how to create mermaid tears

Kylie Jenner Make up mit gelbem Farbakzent im inneren Augenwinkel


Step 1: Apply primer to the entire lid with your finger and then powder it to create an even finish. To make the Mermaid Tears stand out more, use neutral nude shades to apply makeup to the moving lid.

Step 2: Using a small brush, apply the colorful eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye. Start in the tear duct area and blend the color slightly down and up toward the crease. Alternatively, dab the eyeshadow color onto the inner corner of the eye with your ring finger.

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Step 3: After you have applied the color, you need to blend the transitions. To do this, take a clean blending brush and start blending at the outer corners.

Step 4: Complete the look by drawing a beautiful cat eye eyeliner and applying mascara. You’re done with the Mermaid Tears!

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To make the splash of color really pop, the key is to create a balance at the eye by keeping the other colors subtle. Optionally, you can also use a gray eyeliner with glitter instead of a black one.

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If you want to make the splashes of color with glitter particles even more intense and shiny, you should first apply concealer in a very light shade as an eyeshadow base. This works great for a photo shoot where the makeup needs to be a little more eye-catching.

This new trend is perfect for spring and summer time!

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Wearing a face mask is the new normal. But don’t let that discourage you. You may not be able to wear bold, bright lipstick, but you can definitely jazz up your eye makeup with splashes of color in the inner corner of your eyes!

Neon splashes of color conjure up awake and bright eyes

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Glitter and highlighter give the look the right amount of glow

Pinke Farbakzente im inneren Augenwinkel

Orange tones flatter green eyes

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With brown eyes you are spoiled for choice

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For the rest, stick to the motto: less is more

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With Mermaid Tears you create a real wow effect

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A nude lipstick goes best with the striking eye make-up

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