Frosted Makeup
Priscavera Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Whether it's miniskirts, baby tees or low-rise jeans, our collective desire to recreate the early aughts is stronger than ever. But it's not just the fashion world that has been heavily influenced by this iconic era. Y2K trends have infiltrated the beauty space just as powerfully, especially in the form of frosted makeup.

Frosted makeup, or cold girl makeup as some have chosen to refer to it, is all the rage right now. Think frosted lips, frosted eyes and, you guessed it, frosted cheekbones. Perhaps you're wondering how to pull off these cool tones. Well, we're here to tell you exactly how to recreate the nostalgic look.

First things first, you need to start with a primer that is going to give you that dewy, I-just-got-off-the-slopes look. Our favorite is Glossier's oil-serum hybrid. Next, you'll need to invest in a highlighter for that coveted radiant finish. You absolutely can't go wrong with Rare Beauty's formula.

For the eyes, we recommend something with lots of shimmer. Some standouts include Makeup by Mario's Master Crystal Reflector and R.E.M. Beauty's Midnight Shadows Lustrous Liquid Eyeshadow. Of course, no frosted makeup look is complete without an ultra shiny lip. See Pat McGrath Labs' LUST: Lip Gloss and Fenty Beauty's Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick.

Grab your portable CD player and your chunky platform shoes and let's get into it.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight
Rare Beauty

Rare Beauty Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight in Enlighten, $25 at Sephora

Described as a "second-skin highlighter," Rare Beauty's formula will give you that luminous finish without looking like you're trying too hard. Made with light-reflecting pearl particles, it can be applied solo or mixed in with your foundation for an all-over glow.

MERIT Flush Balm Cheek Color
MERIT

MERIT Flush Balm Cheek Color in Stockholm, $30 at MERIT

Another essential is blush. As evidenced by its name, MERIT's Flush Balm Cheek Color lends skin a flushed appearance critical to the aesthetic. While each shade is striking, Stockholm screams #frostedmakeup goals.

Glossier Futuredew Facial Oil-Serum Hybrid
Glossier

Glossier Futuredew Facial Oil-Serum Hybrid, $28 at Sephora

Take your frosted makeup look to the next level with Glossier's hybrid formula. You can use this miracle product on its own for a subtle glow or layer it under your makeup as an illuminating primer. We recommend mixing it into your foundation for a moisturized, frosted look that actually lasts.

About-Face Shadowstick
About-Face

About-Face Shadowstick in Pearly Cloud Blue, $14 at Ulta Beauty

While many associate the aesthetic with silvers and champagnes, blue eyeshadow is another way to achieve this 2000s-inspired look. With a staying power of over 10 hours, it's perfect for anyone on the go.

Makeup by Mario Master Crystal Reflector
Makeup by Mario

Makeup by Mario Master Crystal Reflector in Quartz, $26 at Sephora

Makeup by Mario can do no wrong so naturally this reflector is nothing short of outstanding. A cheek highlighter and eyeshadow all in one, the multipurpose powder creates a spotlight effect on your skin. Try putting a sprinkle of this fairy dust on your eyelids for maximum impact.

REM Beauty Midnight Shadows Lustrous Liquid Eyeshadow
R.E.M. Beauty

R.E.M. Beauty Midnight Shadows Lustrous Liquid Eyeshadow in Lab Coat, $16 at Ulta Beauty

If you want to take your frosted eye look a step further, try this icy must-have. The luxe liquid gel formula can be used as an eyeshadow primer, an eyeshadow or even an eyeliner. Wearers can utilize the tapered teardrop brush or simply apply it with their hands.

MAC Cosmetics Frost Lipstick
MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Frost Lipstick in Angel, $23 at MAC Cosmetics

If frost is in the name, you know it must be the real deal. Described as having a "high pearl and lustrous finish," this pick is a no-brainer. With medium, buildable coverage, you can decide how sheer or how opaque you want your lip color to be.

Pat McGrath Labs LUST Lip Gloss
Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Lip Gloss in Aliengelic, $29 at Sephora

This pick delivers "ethereally erotic color with the surreally seductive shine of a glossy balm." In simpler terms, it's the definition of the aesthetic.

Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick
Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipstick in Quartz Candy, $26 at Fenty Beauty

Rihanna always knows what's up. Clinically proven to lock in moisture, this lipstick leaves your lips with that luscious, hydrated look. Infused with pomegranate butter, we recommend putting this sheer lipstick under one of your favorite glosses.

Charlotte Tilbury The Beautyverse Palette
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury The Beautyverse Palette, $75 at Charlotte Tilbury

Powder eyeshadows can provide your eyelids with that frosted look, too. Charlotte Tilbury's limited-edition palette is made up of gold, pink, lilac and silver shades, all of which can be used to nail the look.

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