Victoria’s Secret Makeup Is Trending Again—Here’s How To Get The Look

Dewy, youthful skin, subtly enhanced features, glittery eyes, and a perfectly kissable pout are the hallmarks of the classic Victoria's Secret makeup look that will turn any occasion into your personal runway.

By Simone Sydel5 min read

Bombshell glam has recently resurfaced on TikTok, where it's racking up millions of views daily and making women dream of a future on the runway.

At the forefront of the ethereal, feminine, and sexy aesthetic is Victoria's Secret makeup, a trend that has inspired countless beauty tutorials and recreations from makeup enthusiasts worldwide.

From sultry siren eyes to innocent rosy cheeks and subtly contoured features that make you look like yourself but better, let's dive deeper into the newest (or should we say, timeless) beauty trend of Victoria's Secret makeup and arm you with the tips and tricks to achieve the iconic VS look.

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The Essence of Angelic Beauty

Unlocking Victoria's Secret has not only a lot to do with stunning, intricate, and artistic lingerie flaunted on the iconic runways but also with the angelic beauty that defines the brand's ethos (or used to, at least.)

The "angel beauty" is often associated with perfection and purity, and it’s a concept that used to be embodied in their brand ambassadors, the Angels.

The Angels of Victoria's Secret were synonymous with a radiant, effortless beauty that looked both natural and impeccably polished, with the hallmark features of this iconic look centering around glowing skin, subtle contours, a gentle hint of color, and a lot of glitz and shine.

A flawless base that amplified the skin's natural luminosity was key, achieved through lightweight foundations and highlighters that imparted a soft, ethereal glow. Contouring was applied with a light hand to accentuate the facial structure, ensuring the look remained fresh and not overdone.

The eyes were typically adorned with neutral shadows; however, this can be somewhat flexible, depending on the theme, as the brand frequently incorporated a pop of color here and there, which was always topped off with a glowing, shimmery, or frosted finish that made the eyes sparkle under the flashing lights.

Finally, lips were almost always kept understated, often with nude or soft pink shades that complemented the minimalistic and delicate approach, with a touch of glam in the form of a shiny finish to add to the sense of angelic radiance.

This makeup style captured the essence of angelic beauty, embodying a look that is as approachable as it is enchanting, which is why it is one of the most coveted and sought-after looks in the fashion and beauty industry to this day.

Step-by-Step Guide to Ethereal Elegance

The classic Victoria's Secret look has been the foundation of many beauty trends that have gone viral on social media in recent years. The "French riviera makeup," which we recently broke down, and its accent on the soft, sun-kissed glow and subtle, shimmery eyes, is reminiscent of that timeless Victoria's Secret look. And let's not forget the '90s supermodel glam makeup trend that, like the spirit of pumpkin spice lattes, comes to life every fall, boasting a fusion of understated sophistication with a hint of sparkle.

While the blueprint of ethereal, angelic beauty has only picked up steam on social media platforms in recent months, it's safe to say that it was never truly forgotten but rather built upon and evolved. So, if you’re a beauty enthusiast who's looking to try something new yet classic or you're a loyal Victoria's Secret fan eager to achieve that iconic Angel look, here’s an easy, step-by-step guide to mastering this ethereal elegance:

Glow Like an Angel with a Radiant Complexion

Achieving a radiant complexion doesn't have to be a complicated process; however, there are a few rules you should follow. To lay the perfect base for your look, start by prepping your skin with a hydrating moisturizer, opting for something lightweight and non-comedogenic, such as the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, which will infuse your skin with hydration and make it look plump and glowy rather than greasy and shiny.

Next, according to celebrity makeup artists such as Charlotte Tilbury and Pat McGrath, who have diligently worked backstage at the brand's famous fashion shows, you need a strobing cream to help you get the perfect Victoria's Secret glow. A cult favorite among makeup artists for its ability to impart a lustrous finish that's both natural and mesmerizing, the MAC Strobe Cream is a must-have for angelic-looking skin and a glow that transcends seasons and trends.

Finally, opt for a lightweight, dewy foundation, such as the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, a product specifically created to mimic the finish of the celebrity makeup artist's method of combining a strobing cream with pigment and designed to let your natural skin shine through.

Alternatively, if you prefer to keep your skin bare but still want to add a little something to even out your complexion, apply a few dots of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, a product that is a faithful companion of every makeup artist, in the undereye areas or over blemishes you want to cover up.

Sunkissed Glow and Rosy Cheeks

Once your base is set and locked in place, it's time to add a little color to your face. To achieve the signature sunkissed glow of Victoria's Secret Angels, apply a soft bronzing cream, such as the Merit Bronze Balm Sheer Sculpting Bronzer, with a very light hand on the perimeters of the face where the sun would naturally hit your skin, such as the forehead, temples, cheekbones, and jawline, without dragging the product toward the center of your face, as this will make you look overdone.

To add that adorable Angel flush in the exact way supermodels do it on the runway, give yourself a big smile in the mirror and apply a rosy blush or tint on the apples of your cheeks. The Saie Dew Blush Blendable Liquid Blush is a fantastic option for this step due to its lightweight, water-based formula that leaves a soft and long-lasting rosy tint on your cheeks and is easily blended with fingers for a naturally angelic look.

For the final touch and to take your radiance levels up a notch, finish with a few drops of a liquid highlighter, such as the Iconic London Illuminator Highlight, on the high points of your face, including the cheekbones, brow bones, and cupid's bow, blending with your fingertips for a soft, diffused glow.

Soft, Smoky Eyes That Mesmerize

To achieve those alluring, soft, and sultry eyes, you need a combination of neutral shades with a touch of shimmer and just a hint of smokiness to add depth and definition to your eyes and make them noticeable without overwhelming the look.

Start by applying a neutral eyeshadow as a base to even out your eyelid and create a smooth canvas for the rest of your eye makeup. Next, using a dense, flat brush, pick up the tiniest bit of the darker eyeshadow and draw a subtle wing along your upper lash line, then blend the edges with a clean brush to soften and diffuse the look. Remember, like the overall look, a Victoria's Secret eye is all about subtle contouring and enhancing the feature rather than completely reshaping it, as you would with liquid eyeliner.

Once the subtle cat eye is complete, use a slightly shimmery shade from Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow and apply it on the center of your lid, blending it towards the inner corner of your eye and finishing with a touch on the inner corner of your lower lash line. This will create a soft, shimmery halo effect that instantly makes your eyes pop and look bigger and brighter.

Finally, to complement a soft eye with a hint of seduction, dubbed the "perfect fluttery lash" by makeup artist Andrea DiSabatino, and exude innocence while still being dramatic, apply a few coats of the Lancôme Lash Idôle Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, and voila, you're ready to flutter your way into any room.

Scrumptiously Kissable Pouts

A classic Victoria's Secret look is never complete without a plump, luscious, and perfectly kissable pout. To achieve this coveted lip look, start by exfoliating your lips with a sugar scrub or a soft toothbrush to remove any dry skin and create a smooth canvas for your lipstick application. Next, line your lips with a lip liner close to your natural lip color to add definition and prevent the lipstick from bleeding. Then, using a lip brush for ultimate precision, apply a creamy nude or pink lipstick with a hint of shine to add dimension and give your lips that angelic, luscious look. The YSL Loveshine Lip Oil Stick is a cult favorite for this type of look, as it's creamy and hydrating and comes in a range of flattering shades that will give you that perfect Victoria's Secret pout.

For an extra touch of glamour, you can also add a dab of clear gloss on the center of your lips for that signature Victoria's Secret shine that makes every pout look irresistible. The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in the clear shade Glass Slipper is a great option for this step, as it's lightweight, non-sticky, and gives just the right amount of shine to complete your Victoria's Secret-inspired look.

Closing Thoughts

A classic in the beauty and fashion industry, the Victoria's Secret makeup look will not only make you look like you're on your own personal runway but also make you feel like you've stepped into the world of glamorous supermodels. Trying out this iconic look is a must for any makeup enthusiast, and with the tips and products mentioned above, you can easily recreate it at home and shine like an Angel wherever you go.

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