How To Pull Off Metallic Makeup

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With a multitude of makeup trends on deck for 2016, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of something new. But with one of the more excitable looks being metallic makeup, we’re exhilarated to give the trend a spin, though not without a prudent approach. As anyone who’s dipped their brush into a sparkling shadow palette for the first time will tell you, there’s a fine line between avant-garde shimmer and over-the-top-twinkly. Here, we break down how to master metallics like a modern beauty maven rather than a throwback disco queen.

Glossier

Metal Master

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Golden Eye

A simple swipe of metallic gold liner is all you need to nail a look that’s glitzy instead of gaudy.

Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner in Gold Sable

$22

Jouer

Get The Look

For a brilliant, ethereal look, line upper lashes and dot the inner corners of your eyes with a liquid eyeliner in a golden shade.

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Silvery Sweet

Feeling a full metal vibe? Sweep your favorite platinum shade all over lids—avoid extending the shadow too far past the outer corners to keep the look chic not space-age.

Couture Mono Eyeshadow in Modele

$30

Yves Saint Laurent

Get The Look

We love this shimmery option infused with subtle lilac tones to keep the look ultra-wearable.

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Rose Gold Radiance

If silver isn’t your speed, a soft rose gold eyeshadow is perfect for a glimmering touch.

Sequin Eyeshadow

$5

ColourPop

Get The Look

This shimmering shade proves versatile among skin types and easily transforms from day to night.

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Lustrous Lips

With the right formula and finish, a metallic lip can easily be incorporated into your everyday look.

Larger Than Life Lip Gloss In Candy Says

$26

NARS

Get The Look

Keep the trend wearable with a soft pink shade and avoid colors with a frosty finish. Pro tip: a hydrating formula will keep the look fresh.