How to Wear Metallic Makeup

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

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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