How to wear metallic makeup without looking trashy

 

Metallic makeup doesn’t have to be avant garde or for the brave or young, if you wear the right colours it can be a beautiful look for a night out, especially for Christmas and New Year Parties.

We’ve been wearing metallic makeup for decades now and the trend has never disappeared. For a subtle look you can wear a cream based metallic eyeshadow such as Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow or MAC Cosmetic’s Pro Longwear Paint pot and blend it all over  your eyelid for a sheer metallic look.  or again for a subtle look use a metallic/frost shadow as a top coat which will allow your base colour to show through.

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For a much more dramatic look you can use products such as those above or Maybelline Colour Tattoo and either layer them up or use the darker or brighter colours for a more dramatic effect. To make the colour even more intense you can layer on a matching coloured eye pigment.

You shouldn’t be scared of wearing metallics as it is just like wearing jewellery. The rule of thumb is to wear a colour that suits your skin tone best however this rule isn’t set in stone and you can choose any shade you want to wear and add a contrast to your skin tone. The options are shades of silver, metal, bronze and gold. Alternatively you now have coloured metallics in every shade of the rainbow.

Applying metallic eyeshadows these days is very easy as the products are amazing.  You don’t just have to apply the metallic colour all over your eyelid, you can just add a pop of shimmer to the inner corner of your eyes to make them look open and awake, and alternatively you can just add a small amount to the centre of your eyelid to give them a sparkle.

If you wear the metallic as a smokey eye look, it’s a lovely effect when you add a hint of silver or gunmetal pigment to your black smokey eyelid  and then bring the metallic colour down under your lower lash line for a modern shimmery look.

Just remember to have fun with metallics and don’t be scared.  They suit everyone and you just need to find the colour and style to suit you.

For more examples of how to wear metallics or just to see the original images from above, visit my Pinterest Board – Here

Have fun and send me your pictures of your metallic eye makeup.

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Easy Weekend Makeup

One of the many things which I get asked is how to make makeup light, bright and pretty for shopping at the weekend or having lunch with our friends.  We all want a slightly different look to the one which we wear for work or going out and it’s nice to look like we’ve made an effort without looking too done up.

For those times at weekend when we don’t want to be bothered but still want to look good, here is a makeup look that that takes less than five minutes.

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  • Firstly you want to use a light foundation. Use your favorite foundation mixed with a small amount of moisturiser, or if you haven’t tried it, you might want to try a BB Cream which are semi-sheer and easy to apply, either with your fingers, sponge or a Blending Brush.

 

  • Next apply a bit of concealer. I love YSL Touch Eclait for this because it is subtle and brightens the whole eye area. Apply a small amount on your dark circles (if you have them) and then in the inner and outer corners of the eye. Blend out well. Cover any blemishes with a good creamy moisturiser like Benefit Boi-ing.

 

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  • For a natural healthy glow, use Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush. A foundation brush is ideal to apply and blend it. Swipe the brush across the end of the blush, and then smile to find the apples of your cheeks. Start applying the blush a tiny bit under the roundest part and blend up and out a bit. Fingers are fine too, but I find that I end up wiping off as much I put on if you’re not gentle!

 

 

 

  • To bring out your eyes without looking overly made up, choose a light eye shadow that compliments your eye colour. I love MAC Shroom, Naked Lunch, Vanilla or Retrospek. Brush on with your brush upside down so that the majority of the colour is around your lash line. Use your brush to blend around the edges and up into the crease. Whatever is left on your brush, dab into the inner corner of your eye to make you look more bright and awake.

 

  • Apply 2 coats of Extended Play Lash Mascara by MAC. There is no need to go all out and full on, it should look soft and gentle.

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  • To add a bit more definition to your eyes, apply a neutral coloured pencil like MAC Cosmetic’s Eye Pencil in Coffee, into your lash line. No wings or heavy lines. Just define the top of your eye and bring the pencil slightly under your eye about of a third of the way in.

 

  • Don’t forget a splash of lip gloss to finish your look. My 2 favourites which suit almost everyone are MAC Plushglass in Ample Pink or Jane Iredale Puregloss in Pink Candy.  Don’t forget to pop your gloss in your pocket to reapply during the day.

 

It’s as easy as that for your quick weekend look so that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your weekend.

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To see the original images above or to see more natural makeup ideas, please take a look at my Pinterest Board – Natural Makeup

Keep reading my for more info on how we pull shoots together behind the scenes and makeup and hair advice. If you have any ideas on what you want me to write about or give step by step tutorials on, please email me at info@makeup-byclaire.co.uk and follow my blog.

Claire xx