Angel Makeup Will be Everywhere This Summer—Here’s How to Try It For Yourself

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Blame it on Sabrina Carpenter’s rise to fame or the beauty industry’s obsession with a flawless complexion—but angel makeup or angel beauty is the latest aesthetic to sweep social media. 

Carpenter’s appearance at the Governor’s Ball in New York City, flaunting her bouncy curtain bangs and glossy glow, only propelled this style forward. “Angel beauty is a delicate, feminine aesthetic that blends ethereal innocence with a touch of damsel-needing-rescuing vibes,” says Sarah Biggers-Stewart, professional makeup artist and the founder and CEO of Clover by CLOVE + HALLOW. “Think glowing skin, a cherubic flush, large sparkling eyes, and a full glossy lip.”

If you are interested in giving this look a try, read on to find out more about the angel beauty aesthetic, along with expert tips on how to best achieve the signature glossy pout or rosy cheeks. 

Featured Experts

  • Sarah Biggers-Stewart is a professional makeup artist and the founder and CEO of Clover
  • Jenny Patinkin is a professional makeup artist and founder of Jenny Patinkin Beauty Tools. 
  • Dominique Della Maggiore is a celebrity makeup artist and Morphe cosmetics ambassador.

What Is Angel Beauty?

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Simply put, Jenny Patinkin, a professional makeup artist and founder of Jenny Patinkin Beauty Tools, describes this aesthetic as “a sexy girl next door look.” It manages to be sexy without overdoing it. According to Patinkin, the “simple and sweet element” is essential to the overall execution. 

Angel beauty is a combination of soft yet ethereal glam,” adds Dominique Della Maggiore, a celebrity makeup artist and Morphe ambassador, “It involves using light, neutral colors for the eyes, soft pastel shades on cheeks and lips, as well as emphasizing a dewy, glowing complexion.”

The aesthetic highlights everything besides the lashes. It rejects autumnal shades like burgundy or navy and embraces baby pinks, silvers, and any range of pastels. Look to Kacey Musgraves’s robin’s egg blue eyeshadow or Phoebe Dynevor’s glassy cheeks as inspiration.  

What are Some Tips for Achieving the Angel Beauty Look?

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The best way to try this aesthetic for yourself is to nail the signature elements to the look. Our experts weighed in with their tips on how to achieve these like a pro. 

Cherub Cheeks

The key to this look? It’s all in the face. According to Patinkin, it’s best to use products and techniques that will give a lit-from-within effect for this look rather than it looking like makeup. “Cream products meld well with the skin and don’t sit heavily on the surface like powders can, and using the underpainting technique with a radiant primer, sheer pink blush and subtle highlighter make it look much more natural,” she says. 

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REFY Face Primer ($34)

The roller applicator distributes the primer equally across your face. The niacinamide-rich formula lays the perfect canvas for your makeup to rest on while simultaneously cutting back blemishes. 

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Rhode Beauty The Pocket Blush ($24)

This newly launched buildable color stick offers just as much color as you want it to. Add a singular swipe for subtly rosy cheeks or add a few dashes for more amped up color. The “piggy” shade is our beauty team’s favorite for imitating a natural flush. 

Rhode Blush in Piggy
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Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick ($48)

Ever wonder how beauty gurus and models achieve that perfectly placed glisten? A clear highlighter is most likely the cause. Dot it on the high points of your face to lift and sculpt your features.

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Jenny Patinkin Blotter Baby Mattifying Roller ($22)

As much as we love a glow, sometimes it can cross over to greasy. Keep this mini mattifier in your pocket to sop up unexpected sweaty spots without disturbing your look. 

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Silver Smoke

Smokey eyes do not have to be limited to thick black-rimmed eyes and gray shadows. Silver can offer the same amount of drama without the darker hues. Maggiore suggests starting by applying a silver eyeshadow all over your eyelid. “Be sure to blend the shadow out towards the crease,” she says. “Next, use a darker gray or neutral brown eyeshadow in the outer corner and along the crease for added depth. You can also add a touch of the same dark gray eyeshadow along the upper and lower lash lines for extra dimension. For an extra pop, try mixing the shadow with setting spray.” 

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​​Morphe Signature Eyes Brush Set ($48)

Creating the perfect eye look requires the proper tools. Stock up with an eye brush set, so you can pack, blend and smudge with ease. 

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Natasha Denona Retro Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($69)

Not a fan of silver? Sub for your favorite pastel shade like sunset pink or daisy yellow. This palette offers a range of ultra pigmented shades. 

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Iconic London Glaze Crayon ($30)

If all the brushes feel intimidating, this multitasking tool can do it all on its own. The crayon side glides on your lid and under your eye and the glaze side amps up the sparkle wherever you need it. 

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Victoria Beckham Beauty Lid Lustre ($36)

Use this pod as a complement to your gray shadow or wear it all over on its own. One of Maggiore’s favorite tricks is using a small packing brush to apply a denser layer of sparkly silver eyeshadow to the inner corner. 

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Pink Pout

Say goodbye to your deep mattes and long wear lip color. The angel beauty aesthetic is all about the gloss. Will it last as long as your shine-free lippies? No, but the extra sheen contributes to the overall ethereal glow. Baby pinks are the go-to choice for this aesthetic, but sheer and glittery glosses can offer the same effect. 

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Tatcha The Kissu Lip Scrub ($28)

Taking care of your lips is key to getting your lip products to last longer. This just-launched scrub from Tatcha hydrates and exfoliates at the same time thanks to a combination of peach seed and sugar. Use this regularly to keep your lips looking rosy. 

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ILIA Lip Sketch Hydrating Crayon ($26)

We get it: juicy glosses are the name of the game. However, to keep your pout looking fresh, regular reapplication is a must. To increase staying power, line your lips with this crayon to keep things defined. Plus, it is loaded with good-for-your-skin ingredients like hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to keep lips hydrated and plump. 

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Clover by Clove and Hallow Super Slick Lip Jelly ($14)

This lip jelly hits the perfect balance between sticky and shiny. Sunflower oil and castor oil hydrate your lips while offering extra shine. 

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How to Make Your Angel Beauty Makeup Last All Day Long 

Many hallmarks of the aesthetic hinge on a radiant complexion, which also happens to be one of the hardest looks to make last. “Most dewy products are rich in emollients for that wet-looking finish, but that also makes them prone to wearing down throughout the day,” explains Biggers-Stewart. She recommends working in layers and targeting specific areas of your face to extend the wear of your makeup.  

“For example, leave most of your skin really dewy, set only the parts of your face that tend to wear down first, like around your nose or under your eyes, with a powder,” she says. “Then, apply a balmy highlighter to the high points of the face, and then liberally set the whole face with a fixing spray—not just a face mist.”

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