How to Wear Metallic Makeup for Day and Night


Many women shy away from metallic makeup, especially during the day, because it’s difficult to hide your flaws when you’ve got specks of shimmer drawing attention from every angle. Metallic doesn’t have to mean glitter, though glitter isn’t always a bad thing, the category includes all shades of gold, silver, bronze, gunmetal and every tone in between.

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Metallic Makeup for Day

The most important feature to remember when wearing metallics during the day is dimension. There is a great opportunity for this with multi-faceted duo-chrome colors. Even shades with a more subtle duo-chrome can be worn all on their own and still provide great dimension. Colors such as the cult MAC favorite, Woodwinked $15, which is an antique gold tone, can be blended out to create a whole new shade. If you’re just starting out with metallics, replace your normal crease color with a bronze or gunmetal shade, like Urban Decay’s Gunmetal Eyeshadow $17, with a bit of shimmer. Blend it well into the crease and you can get all the benefits of a shimmery eye without the attention. Rosey  shadows, such as Laura Mercier’s Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Rose Gold $22, are also a subtle way to introduce metallics into your everyday look. 

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Metallic Makeup for Night

Nighttime is where most women go wrong with metallics and glitter. Glitter must be used sparingly, and with skill, for you to still look sophisticated so opt for more opaque metallic shadows. Traditional glitter liners look forced, instead try silver or gold pencil, such as Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes in Silver 8L or God 9L $18, on the lower lash line with a traditional black liner underneith the lashes. For another alternative to the traditional smoky eye, pair a bright shimmery shade such as NARS’ Eyeshadow in Daphne $24, a deep violet, with a silver or gold highlight, such as Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Powder $24, in the inner corners. 

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