After an extended absence, Euphoria’s long awaited season two premiered on HBO on Sunday, January 9. Thankfully, after such extended time away, season two does not disappoint, bringing back all the not-so-innocent hijinks of the kids of Euphoria High (or, as it’s technically called, East Highland High School). But perhaps even more importantly, all of our favorite characters have returned serving new fashion and beauty looks. In the two years of downtime Euphoria-inspired makeup had been a consistent trend on TikTok (the #Euphoriamakeup on TikTok has over 716.9 million views and counting), and will only be revitalized with new looks to recreate. Doniella Davy already warned audiences that something different is in store for season two. On her Instagram she captioned a picture of nine different eye makeup looks, mostly with inky lashes, spidery liner, and more muted (relatively speaking) shadow saying, “Season 2 is like Season 1’s more introverted sister”. She explains:
There’s a steady ‘quiet’ to her, until she’s suddenly loud. She has her full glam moments but then switches to super minimalism. She loves her dewy skin, and going foundation free. She experiments with all different takes on winged liner from classic to modern to… something more free-form. She loves bright color, but only when she’s really feeling bold. She’s elusive with her sparkle and prefers a softer version of twinkling Euphoria glam. She also loves fake blood & gore.
From the first episode it’s been clear, the cast is embracing a subtler and often darker vibe. Innocence has been lost, if the characters had any to begin with, and now we can’t wait to see all of the ways the aesthetic takes form in the hair, makeup, and nail looks across the board.
Davy won an Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Contemporary Makeup for her work on Euphoria, so expectations have been set extremely high. This season, the beauty team also includes Kim Kimble (famously one of Beyoncé’s go-to hair stylists) as the lead of the hair department, and nail artist Natalie Minerva. Lucky for us, they are generous about sharing inspiration and behind the scenes images from this season, and we’ll be keeping tabs. As the second season airs, NYLON will be keeping track of the best hair, makeup, and nail looks from each episode of the show and updating the list weekly.
Season 2 Episode 1: Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close The Door
So far this season Jules’ biggest point of transformation is her formerly long, wavy fairy hair being cut into a short and straight bob. Her look at the premiere’s New Years Eve party also features enigmatic inner corner eyeliner. Davy has later revealed this specific shape is an ode to Jules’ mid season episode, “F**ck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob.”
Maddy is back in full force with razor-sharp eyeliner. It’s also an incredible show of strength that she can wear a Y2K hair comb headband without showing immense signs of pain (if you’ve ever worn one, you know).
Honorable mention goes out to Maddy’s French pedicure, which gets an incredible close up.
Kat ended the last season on a lighter emotional note, so it makes sense she starts season two with the most vibrant and colorful makeup looks. Her aquamarine and green sunset eyeshadow look is fitting for a party and her manicure perfectly matches, of course.
Cassie’s negative space wing made of teeny tiny rhinestones is sure to be a much recreated look from this episode. But how her makeup stays intact through tears? We’ll never know.
Lexi’s milkmaid braid crown, red lipstick and gold glitter eyeshadow is just the right look for Euphoria’s resident good girl.
New on the Euphoria circuit, Elliot makes his grand entrance this episode. His tattoos are actor, Dominic Fike’s own, but they definitely point to a strong presence of face tattoos this season.
Season 2 Episode 2: Out of Touch
In the second episode of the season, Kat keeps up her theme of bright, punchy colors with fuchsia pink lipstick and turquoise eyeshadow.
Lexi gets herself dolled up with bright red lipstick and feathery mascara to go talk to Fez at the convenience store.
Maddy strays from her usual femme fatale makeup with fun and colorful floating eyeliner for a wholesome bowling night out with her friends.
Somehow in the Euphoria universe, Maddy can have a new manicure with every outfit. Here, her sea foam green talons perfectly match her shiny halter top.
Jules lets loose at the girls’ bowling night with freeform blue eyeshadow and braided pigtails.
Season 2 Episode 3: Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys
Episode three is a standout episode for Cassie beauty moments including a full movie montage preening herself from 4:00 am until school starts. Each one of her increasingly elaborate looks reveals her heightening mental state. From the emotional breakdown bubble pony, to the notice-me pink eyeshadow, to the Oklahoma cosplay, we can’t look away.
Does she look like a country music star in a good way or a bad way?
Cassie’s ongoing transformation into Maddy is concerning, but it gave us this incredible dueling high pony and matching outfit moment. Baby hairs and all.
Maddy & Kat
POV: your friends are confronting you about your weird behavior while wearing absolutely immaculate beauty looks, including double winged purple liner and a vinyl red lip.
Put upon Gia has another rough moment in this episode, but her twin pink barrettes look adorable.
These simple negative space eye makeup looks suit Jules’s artistic side. Even better yet, they’re easy to replicate at home with a liquid eyeliner pen.
Blink and you missed it, but Jules wears tiny little eyeliner x’s in the corner of her eyes in this scene.
Season 2 Episode 4: You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can
Committed to always being on trend, Cassie wore the face framing baby braids that are quickly becoming the most popular hair look of the year. Her eyes are lined with silvery sparkles, that look like a subtler versions of season one’s glitter tears.
However, her simple royal blue winged liner is surprisingly understated– for Maddy that is.
Maddy and Kat have a really sweet friendship moment in episode four. Their coordinating blue eyeliner looks show how on the same page they are.
This delicate, three-stroke liner look is in keeping with Jules’ more minimalist makeup aesthetic in season two. Meanwhile, her hair looks are getting more playful and expressive, like these Y2K-inspired space buns.
Season 2 Episode 5: Stand Still Like the Hummingbird
Lexi wears 1960s-inspired drawn on bottom lashes to Rue’s impromptu accidental intervention.
The friends group’s casual girls night at the Howard house gets ruined, but Kat’s graphic teal eyeliner and a Y2K messy top knot stay completely in place.
Nothing is scarier than one of Maddy’s long, fashionable talons pointing in your face. Close-up, the chain link fence nail design is particularly ominous.
Remember, there’s no need to get violent, okay. We are having an intervention!
Season 2 Episode 6: A Thousand Little Trees of Blood
Lexi’s enjoys the ritual of getting ready for a date in retro velcro rollers.
Cassie attempting to summon the powers of skin care to heal a broken heart is a reoccurring theme of the season. (It doesn’t seem to be working.)
This electric slime and chartreuse eyeshadow look is a little too confident for someone who’s most definitely lying about having a terminal brain disorder.
Maddy is going through it in this episode, but her signature precise liquid liner and flyaway-free hair stay totally intact throughout.
On a casual rainy night in, Jules still wears her hair up in adorable fun buns.
Season 2 Episode 7: The Theater and Its Double
Lexi’s play casts look-alikes to portray the main girls at Euphoria High. Each of the doubles easily easily captures the spirit of their character by taking on their signature styling.
It’s Lexi’s big night! She’s busy changing costumes and running around backstage, but keeps her character makeup simple and true to her style. The 1960’s-inspired eyeliner lashes look demure while also highlighting her eyes for the back of the house.
But we can’t resist calling out Lexi in her Cassie look, including a long wavy wig, glitter eyes and extra long green nails.
Off-stage, Cassie herself is in character as a Maddy impersonator with sleeker hair and more colorful winged eye makeup.
We also got a look back to some of Cassie and Maddy’s competitively intricate cheerleading makeup looks.
BB, Kat, and Maddy
From the audience, the trio of BB, Kat, and Maddy watch the spectacle in dramatic blue, red, and green eyeliner, respectively.
Jules only gets a brief moment in episode seven, but her lemon-lime eyeshadow and black inner eyeliner still grab attention.
Season 2 Episode 8: All My Life, My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name
In the season two finale Rue has cleaned up her act (finally), and she also appears to have brushed her hair and pulled it back into a tidy half-up-half-down style.
Lexi wears a few sweet hairstyles in this episode including a single braid and a thin velvet headband, both of which wouldn’t look entirely out of place on Little House on the Prairie.
Cassie’s pastel candy-colored eyeshadow really plays up the contrast between her hyper-feminine look and her Maddy-inflicted bloody nose.
Maddy not only coordinated her eyeliner to her Granny Smith apple green romper, she also matches her swirly manicure, which gets one of the best nail close-ups of the season.
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