HBO's latest teen drama Euphoria depicts the dark underbelly of suburban teen lives dominated by drugs, booze, and sex. It's like Skins, but with more sexting. The show makes being a youth these days seem impossibly dramatic, so it makes sense that the characters' makeup looks would follow suit.
Makeup Artist Doniella Davy is responsible for the mesmerizing beauty moments on Euphoria: bold color, shimmering gold tears, and rhinestone eyebrows are just a few of the styles that keep your eyes glued to the screen. It's hard to look away from Euphoria for a number of reasons, and the facebeats are one of them.
Davy was kind enough to teach ELLE.com staffers how to take the looks offscreen. Four ELLE Editors—two Gen-Zers and two millennials—gave the glam looks a try for a casual day at work. Here's how we did and here's how you can create the looks at home.
When I got assigned to recreate Euphoria's resident baddie Maddy Perez, I knew it was going to be a lewk. IMO, Maddy's got some of the best makeup on the show and her bright liner and lilac shadow was pretty easy to apply. It took some time to get her eyeliner even, but anyone can do this look at home. Just make sure you're not rushing, use a good liner brush, and voila! You're suddenly a student at East Highland high." — Ariana Yaptangco, Social Media Editor
"Maddy is the wildest woman in the game. The second her rhinestone glam aired on Euphoria I knew this was a dream look I wanted to create. It was not hard at all! The rhinestones make it feel like it's an elevated YouTube glam that only the best beauty bloggers in the game could master, but in reality it's a super easy DIY art project. The hardest part was making sure my rhinestones didn't smudge my eyeshadow when I applied them every so delicately. I would wear this look to the club, I actually wore it to work, and maybe a carnival to cause a scene, just like Maddy." — Chloe Hall, Special Projects Editor and Producer
"The characters in my latest obsession Euphoria are unhinged, fearless, and hella dramatic—and their makeup looks are no different. There’s Jules, who plays a lot with vibrant eyeshadows and liners; Maddy’s always covered in rhinestones and Rue really, really loves glitter. But my makeup spirit animal is easily Kat. Kat is the rebel of the cast and her makeup is basically a middle finger to anything deemed “glam makeup.” Glam isn’t always soft pinks and browns: it can also be a sharp, thick winged liner, a deep red lipstick with a darker liner, or my favorite Kat look—glittery green eyelids. So I attempted to coat my lids in money green like Kat. I started off by priming my lids with a white base before packing on a bright green eyeshadow. When I felt like there was enough on my lids, I blended out the shadow with a deep brown and brought the color above my crease to create a slight gradient. I added a little green shadow on my waterline and packed on a mint green glitter shadow all over my lids for a fairy-like finish. One-color lids are all the rage right now and Kat’s money green look has just claimed the top spot on my mood board." — Nerisha Penrose, Associate Editor
"I was slightly intimidated to try out Jules’ boundary-pushing eye looks, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to actually recreate. Particularly, the Make-up-forever pen did a great job of adding a bold neon orange stroke in one quick swipe. Even though this was well beyond the norm for me in terms of daytime makeup, my co-workers and strangers on the subway all agreed it was the perfect combo of subtle-meets-edgy." — Mia Feitel, Design Director