Last night I was sitting on my couch, fondly thinking about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, as one does. It’s the perfect movie, about a woman living happily—instead of horror befalling her at every turn. Donna (played brilliantly by Lily James) is a sovereign nation unto herself. She’s independent. She does what she wants.
And that moment when Hugh Skinner (a.k.a. young Pierce Brosnan), looks at the floaty turquoise dress and said it’d look good on her, only for her to pop out with her thumbs stuck into her overall pockets, to laughingly say wow, he really didn’t know her at all? One, it makes my heart swell. She knows herself so well, and byeee to anyone who’s not here for it. Two, it’s a ready-made Halloween look.
I’m probably going to order overalls next week, and so is everyone else—according to Pinterest, saves for costumes inspired by Mamma Mia have gone up 1,636 percent this past year.
I was playing with makeup while pondering all this, when I had an epiphany. The palette in my hand, Huda Beauty’s Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Emerald ($27), was the eyeshadow equivalent of MM2: HWGA.
The shades are happy, but with dimension. They’re the kind of bubbly, fun, fearless colors that Donna’s style vibed with, while channeling the ’70s love for sparkle and color. The foil-finish spearmint, the seafoam (s/o to the dress), the forest greens, the yellowy grass tones, the blue-green jewel options: they’d make Donna proud. Cher, too—the icon shows up in the movie with a deep green shade on her lid, and freaking pulls it off.
Do her proud with the palette’s middle-left shade, add a boa on Halloween, and you’re set. The summery green at top-middle would pair easily with overalls for a day-of event, while the gold-tinged shade would match with any Dynamos-inspired costume. And for the seafoam dress that Donna passed over, the middle square’s emerald shade (or Dose of Colors’ option, below) would add a splash of distinction. Bold, loud, and unashamed—I know what I’ll be wearing come October 31. You?
Shop the perfect Mamma Mia shadows and costumes below: