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Airbrushed Butterfly Eye Shadow Is Taking Over Instagram — See Photos

Is it just us, or have Instagram makeup artists really stepped up their creativity game this year? Just in the past few months, we’ve seen them match colorful eyelashes to lipstick, create whimsical cloudscapes across their faces, and use actual pearls to accent their looks. The latest innovative trend to pop up on Instagram is eye makeup that looks like airbrushed butterfly wings.

A beauty influencer named Brianna, who goes by the handle @artistry.bri recently took inspiration from the work of late Japanese artist Pater Sato, who was known for blending vivid colors together using an airbrushed effect, to create her airbrushed butterfly wings. Brianna used his piece “Butterflies” as her muse for this fiery red-eye look.

“Butterflies” was created using color lithography, a form of printing, and features two illustrated faces that only have eyes, red shiny lips, and a faint nose. The eyes are striking with dark lashes, thin brows, and colorful butterfly wings starting at the lid and extending outward to frame the eye. The look created by Brianna is clearly inspired by this work, though she used all red tones. To achieve the wings, she used Wet N Wild’s Fantasy Makers Paint Palette in Smokey as a base. She then layered matte pressed eye shadows on top and made sure to blend it all out. She paired this face with a flawless complexion and gave herself pencil-thin brows. You can see a sped-up video of the process that she shared with Instagram.

When one artist creates a beautiful look, it’s likely that others will soon join in and create their own versions — which is exactly what happened here. Now, we’re feeling inspired to do the same. Check out how these people on Instagram interpreted airbrushed butterfly wings.

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Similar to Brianna, Liya Ye used red for her version. Instead of eye shadow, she used MAC’s Russian Red matte lipstick for these rounded wings, adding a black gel eyeliner and brown shadow on top to create the wisp of a cat-eye. There are risks to using lip products around your eyes, so we’d recommend a cream shadow, like Nyx’s Vivid Brights Crème Color in Cyberpop.

While Ada Uzor was also inspired to create a look using “Butterflies” as the muse, she used a completely different color palette. After flawless blending together blue, purple, and pink eyeshadows, she took concealer to carefully cut out the butterfly shape. Then, she added even more detail by adorning the shape with craft glitter stars.

Don’t have the patience to blend multiple shadows together? Just use two, like makeup artist Maleana Segovia. With a hot pink shadow and gold glitter, she created these shimmery wings. Make this your own using any color combination of your choice, like an emerald green and cobalt blue shadow or a shimmery yellow and matte red shadow.


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