January 11, 2016 Diana Crisan Looks

The Ultimate Guide to Metallic Makeup

We’re not all rosy cheeks and red lipstick here at Makeup.com! Just like any beauty experimenter, we like to let our hair down from time to time and show our daring side. And what better way to bring on the edge than by going full force with metallic makeup?! Whether it’s a gold embellishment, silver shadow or gilded lips, heavy metal makeup is wearable (seriously!) and we know just how to get the job done without going overboard on the shimmer. Here’s how you can integrate this fun and futuristic trend into your makeup routine.

Metallic Makeup Guide

Metallic Makeup Shades

Rose Gold Shades: Because it has both warm and cool qualities, rose gold is one of those colors that happen to work on all skin tones and looks great for every day makeup. Wear it on your lids, lips and cheekbones. You can even dab some on your Cupid’s bow for a fuller-looking pout.

Silver Shades: Silver makeup really pops on fair-to-dark skin with cooler undertones! Play up your look by adding it to the inner corners of your eyes or layering it on over your cat eye.

Gold Shades: Gold is the perfect alternative to a traditional smoky eye and works wonders on those with warm undertones. You can lightly dust it on the center of your lips to create a gilded lipstick look or layer it on your lids for a smoldering, nighttime effect!

Copper Shades: Because copper has warm undertones of its own, it’s most flattering on those with golden skin tones. To really make your eyes stand out, look for a cream-based eye shadow with stronger pigment and blend the color onto your lids with your finger.

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Metallic Makeup Tips & Tricks

Start Slow: If you’re not quite ready to dive right into metallic makeup, start off with something simple. Replace your go-to black liner with a pigmented gold or silver one like the Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner and just give your upper lid a thin swipe. You’ll be ready to rock more in no time!

Apply Primer: Because you want to create a base for the metallic pigments to stick to (and to intensify color), start with a creamy primer to keep your look in place all day! We love the NYX Eye Shadow Base.

Don’t Go Overboard: Whether you’re featuring these metallic shades on your eyes or on your lips, you want to keep the rest of your look fairly simple. There’s nothing wrong with adding a little extra shimmer to your skin in the form of highlighter, just keep in mind that balance is key!  

Metallic Makeup Tutorials We Love

Photo: Joshua M Shelton, Carlos Moscat

Models: Lily Berlina, Zuri Willis



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.