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Beauty Look to try: Barbie Ferreira’s mermaid tears

Feb. 5, 2020
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There’s no denying that HBO’s Euphoria gave us a ton of makeup inspo. But behind the scenes, cast members are still doing the most—while we eagerly await season two! One Euphoria star absolutely worth the Instagram follow is model ‘n actress Barbie Ferreira. Unlike other co-stars, she actually enjoys makeup while off-screen, and her subtle blend of sexy glam with an editorial twist makes for some truly beautiful looks.

One which really caught my eye, though, was the “mermaid tears” she rocked recently. By pairing a rather conventional look with an offbeat lime-green inner-corner eye highlight, Ferreira had me hooked. Want to try this stunning look at home? I got ya; read on.

Ferreira seems to be rocking a rather full coverage base—although she still looks hydrated and juicy, too. Starting with a smoothing, hydrating primer can ensure your base never cakes up or looks too obvious. The Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Makeup Primer creates a perfect canvas for what’s to come.

Next, a full-coverage base that never feels overly heavy is the Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Multi Taking Foundation. It has a soft, slightly whipped texture, meaning it smooths over flaws without that horrible clogging feeling. Though it claims to be a concealer, too, I’d go in with the Tarte Shape Tape Sculpting Concealer for any more obvious flaws, plus to add some brightness under the eyes. 

In order to really ensure a heavier base looks as light and natural as possible, a damp sponge will be your friend. I’ve been enjoying the Dear Dahlia Marble Multi Blender recently, thanks to its smaller and more angled shape.

Once the base is done, going for cream cheek products can help a more glam look stay natural, soft, and dewy. For blush, the Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek in “Werk” is ideal. It has just enough brown tone to work as a slight contour, but it’s warm enough to add life to the complexion. I swipe on straight from the tube, then dab with fingers to blend.

To really minimize the look of a lot of base, a dewy highlighter can offer a more minimal vibe. The Glossier Haloscope in “Quartz” is an oldie but a goodie, combining an oil-based core with an outer section of shimmery pigment for a juicy-looking sheen.

Barbie Ferreira has the brows we all dream of—but for those less naturally blessed, a bit of sculpting can really help give the face some structure for a more intense look like this. The Glossier Brow Flick is an easy way to add some strokes without creating a look that’s too Kardashian. Set in place with a tinted pomade like the Colourpop Brow Boss Gel, which helps define individual hairs for a more natural, bushy finish.

On to the fun part: the eyes. A tinted primer is a great place to start, as it’ll help you start to get the shape down while ensuring your look lasts. MAC’s Paint Pot in “Layin’ Low” is a brilliant, warm mid-brown which suits any eye color. 

Set the primer with a warm brown eyeshadow on a fluffy brush. A great choice is the Make Beauty Terrazzo Matte Eyeshadow in “Strawberry Hill.” Not only does it look totally beautiful in the pan, but its multiple tones give it a soft, dimensional finish, despite there being a lack of shimmer. 

The undisputed star of this show is that inner-corner highlight. To achieve that, use a small domed brush to buff in the Makeup Geek Hologram Pigment right on the inner corner. Although in the pot this looks like a bright coral, it’s actually fairly translucent—but with an intense teal-to-lime reflect. The inner corner is the star of the show, so don’t be afraid to go heavy-handed here. 

Once you’re happy with your level of shine, create a thick and curvy wing with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner. As with (basically) any eye look, finish with mascara—the most dramatic, volumizing one you’ve got. 

With so much effort going into the eyes, lips should be kept soft and natural. The Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in “Buff” is perfect. It’s a warm, brownish nude tone with a sheeny finish, which helps lips look plump and hydrated (although probably not as showstopping as Barbie’s—sorry!).