Far before NYFW, I called it: metallic makeup is going to be big in beauty this year. It’s the compliment trend to everything matte this season, and I’m surprisingly really into it. Also known as having a foil finish, metallic makeup products provide a shiny and often glittery look that has glam written all over it. The craze can be a little daunting to take on because metallic products often make a loud statement, but there are easy ways to work it into your looks without going overboard. Here are a few techniques I use to take on the metallic makeup trend.
1. Metallic Eyes
I love making my eyes the center of attention, and there are so many ways to play them up. If you’re just starting out and want to dip a toe in the trend, use a metallic or ultra-shimmery eye shadow in the inner corners of your eye as an intense highlight. You can also use a metallic liner on top of your brown or black liner for a layered metallic look. Ready to go all the way? Use a metallic shadow as an all-over lid color. Let it speak for itself, and keep the rest of your face more natural. You can often give shimmer shadows a metallic finish by dampening your brush for application. Pictured: Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Paint in Golden Bronze
2. Metallic Lips
Metallic lips aren’t as hard to pull off as you might think. For a more wearable look, pick neutral shades like a peach, burnt orange or bronze. Bring the drama or go day-to-night by choosing fuchsias, purples or even blues. You’ll want to use a lip scrub and moisturize prior to application, since metallics will highlight any unevenness on the lips. Just like when playing up the eyes, keep the rest of the look neutral when making your lips the statement. Pictured: OCC Lip Tar Metallic in Authentic
3. Metallic Nail Polish
Nail polish will be your best bet as the easiest way to embrace metallics. Use a stand out shade as an accent nail, or go for broke on all ten fingers. Step it up with some simple nail art incorporating metallics into a half moon manicure or a color block pattern. Pictured: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Game of Chromes
4. Metallic Tattoos
These are blowing up all over Instagram, and I just love how they look. Most often applied around the wrist and hands, these temporary tattoos act like jewelry for your skin and flash when they catch the light. They come in a variety of designs and shapes for different moods, from dainty to edgy. Pictured: Guess Leaf Flash Tattoo
Even if it’s outside your comfort zone, I dare you to try out the metallic beauty trend!
How do you work metallics into your beauty look?