Tortoiseshell Eye Makeup is Officially a Trend (and it Looks Classy AF)

Edgy, elegant eyes. 🐢

For many a decade, tortoiseshell has been coming in and out of fashion. Originally made from the actual shells of these slow-moving reptiles, it was so sought after that the design was recreated using various other materials, such as glass and plastic – you know, to keep up with demand and have more ethical ways of producing it. The latest beauty trend, which is taking off on social media, is tortoiseshell eye makeup, and it’s the perfect combination of edgy and elegant.

All Eyes on the Tortoiseshell Trend

While the most common way that tortoiseshell is used is in jewellery or for spectacle frames, it has over the years trickled down into the beauty world. For one, they are a popular finish for hair accessories. They have also become quite a popular manicure design.

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Whether you were showing me your torties or showing me some love yesterday at Nail Pro Pasadena, I just wanna say thank you. Everyone made me feel SOOO special and I was talking to a couple people about this after about how I’m just super happy this industry is so welcoming and warm and idk. Like the amount of people I saw explaining to ppl they don’t even know their favorite products and secrets and how they do certain designs etc… it was just so sweet??? Just everyone sharing w each other and helping each other!?! Idk I can’t describe it, but yesterday was great and I know you all get what I mean. Let me know if you agree.. or if I’m just a crazy person. But either way here is a carousel of torties for all of you 🥂 cheers !!!!

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The latest trend, however, is tortoiseshell eye makeup and it is going to dominate the upcoming season. This fad is still in its infancy stage and has mostly been done in a cat-eye shape with solid, rather than blended, edges. Here are a few examples of this fierce look in action:

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THROWBAAACK – Editorial Make Up, Pt.1 🌋 Für die Babez die mich schon eine Zeit lang auf meinem persönlichen Account verfolgen ist dieses Bild kein Besonderes mehr, gehört aber definitiv in diesen Account! Entworfen wurde der Look von @alexirmua und somit ist meins nur eine Recreation. Auch stellt dieser Look KEIN Leopardenmuster dar, sondern Tortoiseshell (!!!), just making that clear da die Verwechslungsgefahr eindeutig gegeben ist 😁 Die nächsten Bilder werden übrigens wie gewohnt ausschließlich aktuelle, neu aufgenommene Creations sein und es kommen keine weiteren Throwback Bilder mehr, ihr könnt also gespannt bleiben & ich bedanke mich erneut für all die Liebe 🌻 Ich freue mich über jede einzelne Nachricht und jeden Kommentar wie ein kleines Kind, wirklich 😭💛💛💛 Verbesserungsvorschläge und Kritik nehme ich aber auch IMMER an, ihr könnt mir also gern über DM schreiben! Eure Meinung ist gefragt, babys – ihr entscheidet über den Content auf diesem Account 🌻 #makeup #tortoiseshell #tortoiseshellmakeup #alexirmua #art #brushes #pigments #editorialmakeup

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Tortoiseshell or Cheetah? 🐆🐈🦒 Either way, I’m obsessed with this look inspired by @alexirmua 🥰 I loved my left eye more than the right so took a tip from @jamescharles book and mirrored it to the other side of my face in editing 😂 swipe 👉🏼 for the unedited original pic 😘 there is a LOT more glitter than showing in this pic 😝click the link in my bio if you want to stalk me @myurls 😂 makeup deets below 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 • • • • • @touchinsolus no poreblem primer @maccosmetics studio flux fluid foundation in NW13 @tartecosmetics shape tape concealer in Light @maybelline fit me finishing powder @elfcosmetics HD loose setting powder @coverfx bronzer in Silhouette @iconic.london Illuminator liquid @tartecosmetics Amazonian clay blush in Fiesty @purcosmetics Festival palette from April @boxycharm @skonecosmetics brow wand @urbandecaycosmetics brow blade tint in brunette Betty @thekatvond liquid lip in Bow and Arrow with glitter from the eyeshadow palette on top

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And the best part about it? It’s SO EASY to recreate at home, even with minimal patience and makeup skills. All you need are eyeshadow brushes and two eyeshadow shades. One of these colours should be a warm, rich light-ish brown or tan with the other being either black or dark brown. After applying the lighter shade first, add the darker colours in organic shapes and blend them slightly around their edges to blur them out. It might take a bit of practice, but you’ll be so pleased that you did when you are sporting what promises to be summer’s biggest eye makeup trend.

Are you loving the tortoiseshell eye makeup trend? Tweet us @CosmopolitanSA using #COSMOBeauty to let us know.

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