When it comes to eye makeup, we've definitely entered a gilded age. Metallic golds and silvers are shimmering upon lids on women in the streets, and on the runways and red carpets. If you are looking for a light touch—and by light we don't mean subtle—there is a quick and easy way to get this high-voltage look.
First ask yourself: is your skin tone warm or cool? The answer will help you choose the shade perfect for you. Warm girls can grab for golds, while cool chicks should reach for silvers. Then follow these step-by-step tips for lustrous beauty that can be worn during the day or night.
Step 1: Plan
Here is what you will need to get started:
- eye primer
- shadow brush
- pressed mineral eye shadow
- loose metal powder
- dark eye shadow
Step 2: Prime
The first step toward perfecting a metallic eye look is always to prime, prime, prime. Priming not only evens out the surface of your lid, but it also helps your shadow stay put. Try: Make Up For Ever Eye Prime.
Step 3: Foil
Foiling is the application of a moistened pressed mineral eye shadow.The technique intensifies the shadow's pigmentation and shine. To foil, all you have to do is wet your brush slightly with water or a shadow mixing medium. Try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal. Then dip your brush into your shadow and apply it to each lid, from lashline to crease. Blend slightly above the crease, without letting the color get too close to your brow bone.
Step 4: Layer
If you are happy with your look, skip this step entirely. If you are seeking a more dramatic finish, however, go ahead and layer on a loose metal powder. Simply grab some of the loose metal powder onto your brush, and dab on the lid, focusing on the inner half of the lid, where you will really want the brighter and lighter color to pop. Try: Mehron Metallic Powder.
Step 5: Create Contrast
Contrast is necessary in order to create shape, symmetry and balance. To create contrast, grab your brush and load it with a dark eye shadow. The shadow doesn't have to be black. Try: L'Oréal HiP Studio Secrets Professional Shocking Shadow Pigments in Striving. Dab the shadow on the outer corner of each eye, and, using a windshield-wiper motion, blend it up and out through the crease.
Step 6: Put on the Finishing Touch
Apply eyeliner to each upper and lower lash line and smudge it slightly. Try: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion. Then finish with L'Oréal Voluminous Original Mascara. You can also skip the liner entirely and just layer on the mascara.
Let us know if you have any great tips for getting a metallic eye look.
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