How to wear metallic makeup without looking over-the-top
It’s easier than you might think
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 09 2018
It’s easy to get too comfortable with our beauty routines. Instead of branching out and trying vivid and bold shades, we tend to rely on classic hues that we know and love. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – traditional colours like pink and nude tones are universally flattering, after all – they don’t allow for a whole lot of experimentation. That’s where metallic beauty products come in. When the right shades are chosen, they can brighten and revitalise your standard beauty look. Check out our picks for the latest metallic beauty products that won’t make you look over-the-top.
Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Copper Rocker
Because copper has warm undertones of its own, it’s perfectly suited to those with sun-kissed skin. If you have a fairer complexion and still want to give the trending shade a whirl, reach for more muted variants like Rimmel London’s Magnif’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in Copper Rocker. The powder eyeshadow creates a golden wash of colour over the lids that can be easily blended with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
Although pink and champagne highlighting shades will always be a popular choice, hues such as Fenty Beauty’s Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil are becoming increasingly popular. While traditional strobing colours are perfect for a natural look, silver shades create a more ethereal finish on the skin.
Too Faced Throwback Metallic Lipstick Miss Thing
If metallic lipsticks conjure up memories of teen beauty faux pas you’d rather forget, we get it. And while it may not be a look for everyone, the nineties beauty trend is back in a big way. However, instead of frosted lipsticks that are packed full of glitter, new formulas like Too Faced’s Throwback Metallic Lipstick in Miss Thing features a soft sheen of colour with finer shimmer pigments that make your lips look naturally plush and pillowy.
Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten
Every good smoky eye could benefit from a dash of metallics to make eyes pop. If the thought of applying a metallic hue over your entire eyelid has you running scared, simply adding a glimmer of reflective shadow like this one from Stila to the inner corners of your eyes can make them appear bigger and more wide awake.
Mecca Max Liquid Light in Gold
One of the most popular ways to achieve a lit-from-within glow in recent years has been to rely on liquid illuminators that melt seamlessly into the skin. Our favourite product at the moment to do just that is Mecca Max Liquid Light in Gold. The metallic liquid can be applied sparingly for a natural finish or layered for a high-beam gleam that’s sure to score your compliments.
CND VINYLUX™ Night Moves Long Wear Polish in Bellini
If metallic makeup doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, a foiled nail polish might be more your style. This frosted shade from CND VINYLUX™ has been formulated to last up to one week (it doesn’t even need a base coat), with the polish and top coat working together to build a resistance to chips and enhance durability when exposed to natural light over time.
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Image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.