Think you can’t pull off the metallic eyeshadow look? Think again.

The metallic makeup look has evolved from 80’s disco, to early 2000’s music video, to today: the modern metallic.

Bright, vivid eyes are trending, and for good reason. Metallic lids brighten the face, and draw attention to your most entrancing features… who doesn’t want that? Famed makeup artist, Pat McGrath specializes in these reflective looks, and they can be seen in almost every magazine and on the infamous runways of Derek Lam and Anna Sui’s Spring 2018 collections. Translation: this is a look you don’t want to sleep on.

If you’ve been burned by metallic makeup before, we feel you. We’ve all been there: you’re getting ready to go out with friends, you look in your bathroom mirror and think, ‘maybe I’ll add a little pop of something,’ and before you know it, you look like a clown and end the night crying into a leftover pizza.

But fear not! With new, amazing makeup formulas and advice from makeup artists who know what they’re doing, we can all wear gilded makeup and look sophisticated, put together, and chic.

Our makeup artist says the key to wearing metallic makeup (whether it be eyeshadow, metallic lipstick, or even highlighter) is to keep the rest of the face simple to let the molten metal feature stand out without competing. The key to pulling off a statement look is balance. If you want one feature to pop, keep the rest of the look simple. Here’s what she recommends:

Step 1: Keep the skin looking clean and natural by using a perfectly-matched base product like the Foundation Palette, and lightly flush the cheeks with a wash of color. We recommend the Beautifully Bare Cheeky Glow for that lit-from-within glow.

Step 2: For the eyes, the metallic star of the show, prime with Matte to Metal Eye Primer Transformer for a long-lasting shimmering base, and top it with a pigment-packed metallic shade from the warm Velvet Touch Eyeshadow Palette in Island Breeze  or the cool Velvet Touch Eyeshadow in Cool MistYou can use your finger to apply the shadow, or a brush like the Eyeshadow “C”Brush. Don’t worry too much about making it perfect, there’s something chic in keeping the edges a little rough. With the excess product on the brush or your finger, smudge a little shadow under your lash line to balance the eye.

Step 3: Keep the lips neutral and healthy looking with a few swipes of the Gotta Glow Lip Tint, our moisturizing lippie that uses the chemistry of your lips to adjust to your most flattering shade. Yeah- it’s pretty high tech stuff.

And that’s it! Not as hard as it looks, right? You can use this technique with bright metallics, or more neutral reflective colors. Metallic eyeshadow can be worn anywhere from the office to the club or dinner with your beau.

Let us know if you’d rock this look in the comments below!

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