Friday, December 9, 2011

Metallic Lids

Now is the perfect time to try something fun & different with your makeup - because you can get away with a little extra glitz during the holiday season.  This metallic eye is perfect for a date night out, a special holiday party or your New Year's Eve celebration.  I've included a couple options because, based on skin tones, some people will look better with gold/bronze and some with pewter/silver shadows.  Take a peek:

The key to pulling this off is balance.  See how in both these looks they have added liner & mascara to help ground the reflective shadow...but everything else (blush & lips) is kept muted & soft?  

How to recreate:
  • When working with highly metallic or glittery shadow, make sure you do your eyes first & then your foundation/powder after.  That way if any falls below onto your cheekbone, it's easier to clean up.
  • After priming your lids, use a flat brush to apply shadow from your lashline to beyond your crease (see photos above)...almost to your browbone, but not quite. 
  • Blend, blend, blend!  And don't forget to highlight the inner corners of your eyes, too.
  • Define brows - this step is particularly important with this look.
  • Apply liner & two coats of black mascara (I like to use a chocolate brown liner with gold shadow & a charcoal gray for silver, so it doesn't create as stark of a contrast as black would).
  • Do a light sweep of blush & a nude lip (stick with more neutral tones vs. pinks)
Products to try:

L'Oreal HiP Metallic Eyeshadow Duo (Platinum or Gilded) - $7.99
Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadow (Chihuahua or Poodle) - $17
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 (Top Shelf or The Perfect Storm) - $20



Fashion By Alicia said...

Great colors for the holiday season! Love the selections.

Haley Rogers said...

cute for the holidays! new years make up for sure.

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i NEVER wear shadow. literally, i have two shadows that i've had for years. these make me want to give it a try again. if you lived close by, i would just come over to your house and have you do my makeup daily! =) ha ha

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Kimberly said...

Oh how I wish, Jenn! That would be so fun...maybe if we both get to go to NYC for blog conferences next year, I can do your makeup! :)

Nicole said...

ahhh! this is so lovely. wish i was brave enough to try. somehow me thinks my red hair would not appreciate this eye color. :)


Heather said...

What a fun look - especially for the holidays :)


Marionberry Style said...

I am so thankful for this posting as it gives me a little more inspiration and confidence to try something new in the eye-shadow department! I've stayed away from metallics simply because someone once told me I was too old for them (I think it was my dad...LOL!) But for a fun, sexy holiday evening out - it looks perfect!!

XO - Marion

The Fashionable ESQ said...

I like these a lot; I received a metallic set from Bare Minerals last year and really love how they look when I use them wet.

The Fashionable ESQ said...

I do love metallic eye. I have two shades from Bobbi Brown that are a subtle metallic brown colour, actually these are more like my daily eyeshadows I love them so much!

Erika of Style Activist said...

yes! I love creamy, shimmery eyelids. this is definitely a look that I overdo (all year round).

love it!