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7 Tips on How to Wear Metallic Makeup

7 Tips on How to Wear Metallic Makeup

From glitter infused eyeshadows to iridescent highlighters, there are many ways to incorporate metallic makeup into your everyday look. At one point, metallic, high shine make-up was associated with the 90s, with shimmery eyes, lips and cheeks seen as a little retro. But now it’s back, bursting onto the scene in a much smarter, sophisticated manner in comparison to the nineties.

We know it sounds a little daunting, but now we’ve learnt what does work and what doesn’t, it’s no longer a trend to be feared. So grab the glitter and take a read of our top tips for how to rock this trend the classy way:

  1. Line It On
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    Line It On

    Some of the best color selections for metallic’s come in pencil form, and they are also the easiest to apply and combine together. Rich golds, bold silvers, sexy bronzes and deep jewel tones of blues, greens, purples can be drawn on in fine lines, or layered up to create a more ‘block’ look. Plus – don’t forget the classics of black, brown and grays, these are great in the form of eyeliners to set the finished look. Line your metallic pencils close to the lash line and simply build up the thickness line for more boldness. The collection of Jane Iredale Mystikol Eyeliners have a creamy-powder formula that won’t fade, crease or smear, which is perfect for metallic tones. And don’t forget lashings of mascara!

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  2. Blend Blend Blend
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    Blend Blend Blend

    With most metallic makeup looks, it pays to blend blend blend so that the color and textures don’t look too harsh. If you’re going for an all-singing-all-dancing metallic eye, be sure to blend in your shadow well above the crease and at the outer corners. Wear a few different complementary shades, and blend in a slightly iridescent shadow in a cream/beige shade over to top so that your eyeshadow looks sleek and professional. Harsh lines and bitty color can look messy, so make sure you have a neutral eyeshadow palette to hand, like this bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow set in High Society.

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  3. Metal Mad Lips
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    Metal Mad Lips

    There is one lady in particular who we have to thank for the return of metallic makeup, and that’s Kylie Jenner! Her obsession with metallic lips has passed onto the nation, with more people naturally wearing this trend without realizing it. The most ‘subtle way to do it (and we wouldn’t usually class this as subtle!) is to opt for a creamy satin-finish lipstick that has a slight metallic finish. Depending how crazy you wish to go, you can then pump up the volume by adding some loose glitter pigment while its still wet. The result? A seriously futuristic pout. Try Lipstick Queens Bete Noir Possessed Metal Lipstick as a base, and see how daring you wish to go…

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  4. One At A Time
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    One At A Time

    The metallic makeup look comes with a warning: it can look too ‘over-the-top’ when too much is applied. Take this warning into consideration and make sure you focus on one key area of your face or body. For example, if your eyes are heavily metallic, keep your lips creamy and light, and the rest of your face free from shimmer. If your lips are a bit shimmery, then work a matte or clean eyelid. We’ve found that striking metallic eyes or areas of the upper face (such as above the cheekbone) are the favorites for rocking this trend. In this instance, look for a subtle lip color to sit alongside dramatic eyes. A lip gloss with a touch of shine, such as Butter London’s Lippy Sheer Gloss in Coconut Frock, is an ideal choice.

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  5. All About That Base
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    All About That Base

    When using metallic makeup on the face and the eye area, make sure you use an eye base or eye primer so the product doesn’t crease. Your skin features many small lines and creases (especially on older skin), therefore your makeup will sit better on a smooth, plumped up base. Also, any shimmery pigments will last much longer on the skin when sat onto of a creamy based primer. If primer is skipped, you wish your metallic beauty products melting and fading into the skin much more quickly. Prep your skin first with a silicone-free, skin-perfecting face primer that helps to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at the same time as creating a long-lasting base. We love the Korres Quercetin and Oak Anti-ageing Primer, which smells natural and fresh too!

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  6. Brush Up
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    Brush Up

    Get the most out of your metallic product by using the right application tools for a precise finish. The majority of bold, statement metallic products come in the form of pigmented powders, in which using a flat synthetic brush to tap the shadow onto the skin is ideal. Synthetic brushes help to hold the pigment without having the product fall all over the place, and lets face it, there is nothing worse than deep colored glittery powders falling onto the top of your cheeks. Especially after foundation. For metallic eyeliners and eyeshadows, use a tapered liner brush such as the Anastasia Brush #3 for creating precise looks along the lash and water lines.

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  7. Don't Forget The Jewels!
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    Don't Forget The Jewels!

    Whilst we can often get caught up with all the shimmery shades of bronze, silver and gold, its worth remembering to inject some metallic color into your look! There’s a huge array of metallic shades – especially when it comes to eyeshadows- that can really bring out your facial features. Think plum, emeralds and deep blues which really add that touch of ‘pop’. Darker, earthy shades of green  in an eyeshadow powder with a glistening finish look great with both blue or brown eyes. Why not experiment with this shade to sheer away from the usual metal colors? We suggest sweeping a touch of bareMinerals Glimpse Eyeshadow in Celery over the lids, which suits a variety of skin tones too.

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Get ready to shimmer!



Emma

Emma

Beauty Specialist

During the day, I’m a busy Beauty Content Manager, musing over all things beauty and make-up. By evening, I’m a dedicated beauty blogger, experimenting with shiny products and the newest lotions and potions. I trained in make-up artistry just to satisfy my cosmetics addiction. Overly interested in natural and organic beauty, as well as how diet and fitness have an effect on how we look and feel.


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