If you’re a millennial, the annual Victoria’s Secret show may be a core memory for you. Picture this: you and your gal pals huddled around the television, eagerly anticipating what can only be described as the most iconic show of the year for fashion and beauty enthusiasts.
Dreamy aspects of the models’ makeup, like dewy skin, glittery eyes, glossy pink lips, and subtle but captivating siren eyes formed the signature “Victoria’s Secret Angel” look.
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Recently, the TikTok beauty community has rediscovered and popularised the nostalgic look once again, and the search phrase “Victoria Secret makeup tutorial” has already garnered over 90 billion views on TikTok.
Core features of the Victoria’s Secret Angel glam
Want to channel your inner VS bombshell? Here are all the key components to the sultry and easy-to-recreate look.
- A sheer, dewy makeup base
- Shimmery nude eyeshadow over the eyelids
- Pale pink blush
- Tons of highlighter on the cheekbones, the top of the cupid’s bow, and at the tip of the nose
- Soft pink or nude lipstick
- A lip plumper or jelly-like gloss on top
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According to Emira D’Spain, a TikTok creator and Victoria’s Secret first-ever Black transgender model, the look is “really effortless”. She also gives a few pointed tips, like how the eyebrows need to be “fluffy and defined”, and to really focus on the eyes.
The key, as D’Spain explains, lies in achieving a balanced look for your eyelids. Avoid overdoing the eyeshadow, and instead opt for gentle touches of frosted glitter pigments complemented by a subtle, brown-toned winged eyeliner.
The best makeup products for recreating the look
Several users on TikTok have pointed to a 2018 makeup tutorial from Charlotte Tilbury that shows you how to recreate the Victoria’s Secret fashion show look. In it, Charlotte covers some of the makeup products she used to achieve the exact look the Angels wore for the 2018 show.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer
First thing’s first, start with the Wonderglow Face Primer to provide a glossy yet non-greasy sheen. This preps your skin for a lightweight foundation to go over after, and gives you a more natural finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer retails for S$87 and is available at Sephora.sg.
Charlotte Tilbury Bigger, Brighter Eyes Exagger-Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
As per the makeup artist’s advice, begin by applying the lighter shade at the inner corner of your eyes and beneath the eyebrows. Then, follow a clockwise direction within the palette to create a smoky, shimmering eye look, adding a subtle, smudged wing for extra allure.
Charlotte Tilbury Bigger, Brighter Eyes Exagger-Eyes Eyeshadow Palette retails for S$91 and is available at Sephora.sg.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow
This is what Charlotte uses to accentuate the Angels’ eyes. She applies it softly along the outer edges of their lower eyeliner to achieve a radiant, doe-eyed look.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Cream Eyeshadow retails for S$49 and is available at Sephora.sg.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette
Sculpting and highlighting are quintessential steps in this look, and the cult Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette is perfect for this. Charlotte would first sculpt the face with the palette’s bronzer, then go in with the shimmery golden highlighter for that classic VS Angel glow.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette retails for S$106 and is available at Sephora.sg.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand Highlighter
To take things up a notch and create a stunning camera-ready look, she would tap a hint of the Beauty Light Wand on top of their existing highlight for a bombshell-worthy sheen.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter Spotlight retails for S$63 and is available at Sephora.sg.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Lip Luminizer + Plumper
Plump, juicy lips are definitely the icing on the cake for this look, and Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb can help create an explosive shine. Plus, we’re in love with its inclusive shade range too.
Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Lip Luminizer + Plumper retails for S$39 and is available at Sephora.sg.
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