Good news, dark circle sufferers: Sleepy eye makeup is trending on TikTok


This gives a “sexy fatigue”.

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There’s no shortage of eye makeup trends (or any kind of makeup, for that matter) on TikTok these days. First, there were mermaid eyes. Then came the doe eyes. The latest iteration that combines the two? Sleepy eyes.

#Sleepyeyes videos attracted over 236 million views on TikTok at last count, with hundreds of tutorials showing you how to, well, yes, look a little sleepy. While mermaid eyes were intended to create an elongated and dramatically lifted effect and doe eyes emphasized a round and wide look, the current trend does not seek to alter the shape at all. “Sleeping eye makeup is all about following the natural shape of your eye, without trying to lift or lengthen it,” says makeup artist and beauty expert Jenny Patinkin. According to its name, it’s slightly less artificial than its predecessors, aiming to make it look like you’ve just woken up, effortlessly sultry bedroom eyes.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, it’s a trend that can work for almost anyone, says Patinkin. Cool-toned smoky eyeshadow — one of the key components, more on that in a moment — can help neutralize redness (which naturally occurs when you’re tired), she points out. There are also a few different versions of the trend, so you can customize it to your liking (again, more to come). The only caveat? “If you have naturally downcast eyes, this look might accentuate that and make them look a bit droopy,” Patinkin notes.

So how can you try the sleepy eye makeup trend? For Gen Z, start by buffing a cool, smoky gray or taupe shade onto your top lid and work it into the inside corners. This will create that hollow, “I haven’t slept” appearance. (If you already have dark circles, this effect will only be enhanced, so embrace them.) Using a black or charcoal pencil, trace your upper lash line slightly past the outer corner in a horizontal line. Make sure it’s a totally straight line, rather than slanting upward like a classic cat’s eye would be. Repeat on the lower lash line and connect the two ends of the wing, again, making sure it’s totally straight. Use a small eyeshadow brush to buff the eyeliner so it’s sultry and smudged, like it’s been rubbing on your pillowcase all night.

Option 2: For a more subtle (and admittedly easier) take on the trend, Patinkin says you can use that same smoky ombre color as your liner. “Blend it gently just below the lower lash line, making sure there are no harsh or sharp edges,” she says. Use a darker eyeliner on the upper lash line, following the natural shape of your eye and blending it to avoid harsh lines. It’s so easy. Whether you had a good night’s sleep or not, your eyes are now ~intentionally sleepy~.

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