Thursday, October 29, 2009

Makeup Tip: Metallic Eyes

This fall eyes shine with shades of silver, gold, copper and bronze. I couldn't be happier. Bronze is my very very favorite eye shadow color and I have-- oh I don't know, like, 4,987,204,630 of them. Does that stop me from buying more? Hell-to-the no! Everyone can wear metallics, the trick is to find a hue that suits your skintone. Silver works with cool undertones, copper and bronze with warmer undertones and gold is universally flattering. Here are some tips for sparkling metallic eyes:

  • Brush shadow under the eyes as well on the lid
  • Apply the lightest shade on the inner corner of the eye
  • Downplay lips and cheeks by staying neutral, but don't forget a bit of bronzer
  • Use metallics in pairs--silver and pewter, copper and gold, bronze and dark grey
  • Use a light hand, a sheer wash lets your eyes shine without looking like a disco ball
  • Use a neutral matte shade for the brow bone to avoid too much shine
  • Avoid colored liners, opting instead for black, charcoal or deep brown
Shades to try:

Laura Mercier Metallic Cream Eye Colour

Bobbi Brown new Chrome Eyeshadows, available in gold, bronze and pewter
Stila eye shadow trio in Gold Glow (gold, bronze, ivory)
Dior Beige 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadow in
Argentic-gunmetal gray shimmer, Gold Touch-golden bronze shimmer

Less expensive alternatives:

Revlon ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow in Copper Spice and Priceless Metals (see my Frugal Friday post here)
L'oreal HiP Metallic Duo in Platinum and Gilded

Try some sparkle and shine this Holiday season!!