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Everyone has had their fair share of heartbreaks. While everyone has their coping mechanisms, we all enjoy doing one thing – showing others what they’re missing out on.

We kid. For some, the post-breakup period can actually be a time of self-reflection. If you want a boost in confidence, however, then consider the new “revenge makeup” trend.

What is “revenge makeup”?

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To put it simply, “revenge makeup” is a bold look that makes you feel empowered. So, think of strong and dark colours that’ll bring out some sass and attitude.

Many variations have popped up on the internet and there isn’t a set of colours you must stick with. That being said, eyes and lips are the areas you should be focusing on with this look.


Replying to @lily REVENGE MAKEUP- Part 2 #revengemakeup #beauty using @Benefit Cosmetics UK brows @L’Oréal Professionnel Paris mascara @vievemuse bronzer @narscosmetics powermatte lipstick

♬ Escapism. – RAYE & 070 Shake

TikTokers have focused on creating long lashes, cat eyes, and smokey eyeshadows.

Photo source: @sarahnewsfx/TikTok and @angelbaranes/TikTok

Another area of focus would be the lips. Use a lip liner to frame them and make the colour of your choice pop. We recommend you pick shades like bright red or deep berry to give your lips a seductive look.

No matter what colours you pick, you’ll achieve the perfect “revenge makeup” if the finished look is bold and dramatic.

Don’t forget to contour your cheekbones and nose bridge to make those facial features extra defined. We want the entire face to look sharp and sleek for a jawline that could cut glass.

Not sure what products you need for the look? Here’s a little nudge in the right direction.

Products you need for “revenge makeup”

Real Techniques 1991 Everyday Essentials Eye Set

A flawless eye look can only be achieved with the right set of tools, and this set from Real Techniques is all you need.

It includes a small, dense brush that’s great for packing on pigment, as well as a flat-tipped brush for you to define your waterline or the outer corners of your eyes.

Real Techniques 1991 Everyday Essentials Eye Set retails for S$40.35, available at Shopee

CLIO Pro Eye Palette

The CLIO Pro Eye Palette features 10 shades in matte, glitter, and shimmer finishes.

No matter which variation of this palette you pick, each colour scheme comes with dark shades to help you nail the “revenge makeup” look.

CLIO Pro Eye Palette retails for S$24.23, available at Yesstyle.

KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner

Creating a bold eye look means we need a pigmented and budge-proof liquid eyeliner. Pick up the iconic, KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner, which is known for its precise tip.

Its formula is also highly-pigmented and lasts for hours.

KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner Liquid Eyeliner retails for S$36, available at Sephora.

KissMe Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara

Swipe on this best-selling mascara to get long and fluttery lashes.

It contains shape-memory polymer in its formula to lock in the curl of your lashes, as well as natural ingredients like camellia flower oil and royal jelly to keep them healthy. It’s also incredibly smudge-resistant!

KissMe Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara retails for S$19.11, available at iHerb.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

We couldn’t resist adding this iconic lipstick to the list. The MatteTrance Lipstick is one of the best-selling matte lipsticks that delivers highly-pigmented colour.

Its formula is infused with optical diffusers so it helps to blur the appearance of fine lines. Plus, it contains spherical particles to provide a smooth film of colour.

Try out shades like Elson 2, which is the brand’s iconic rich red shade, as well as McMenamy, a deep burgundy.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick retails for S$62, available at Sephora

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Unlike bullet lipsticks or liquid lipsticks, this one is shaped like a jumbo crayon, making application that much easier.

Besides that, its formula boasts a combination of unique silicones and emollients to provide a creamy texture that sits comfortably on the lips.

We recommend trying a blood-red shade like Dragon Girl (Pssst! Taylor Swift loves shade) or Red Square, which is a bright orange-red.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil retails for S$40, available at Sephora

ColourPop Lippie Pencil

If you’re on a budget, ColourPop has your back with their best-selling Lippie Pencil. It can be paired with lipstick or used on its own to line and fill in your lips.

When the pencil gets dull, you can sharpen it to make your application more precise. You’ll get clean lines that don’t feather so you can always sport the perfect pout.

Its high-impact colour comes in various shades but we recommend you go for Frenchie, a vivid red, or Flattered, which is a deep plum.

ColourPop Lippie Pencil retails for S$9.52, available at ColourPop.

Featured image credit: @emblawigum/TikTok and @sarahnewsfx/TikTok