Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trend to Try: Metallic Smokey Eyes



Who's ready for another trend to try this fall and winter?  We've already covered the reverse smokey eye and now we are going to tackle the metallic smokey.  I loooove this look!  OK, so what does metallic mean exactly?  It just means using colors that are shades of shimmery silvers, coppers, browns, blacks, golds etc.  Really...any shimmery color will do!  It's meant to be dramatic and a little over the top, so don't be afraid to go all out!

Here's how the look appeared on the runways:

a light and dark version

Navy is a great alternative to black for fair skin tone
When have celebrities ever missed a chance to sport a great smokey eye?  Here's Emma Watson at the latest Harry Potter New York premier.  Here statement metallic smokey eye created a HUGE buzz in the makeup world, and I think it's partly why this trend is a trend this season!  

Seriously?  How awesome is this look?! 
complete with little gold leaf flakes on the outer corner

Here's how I would wear this trend:

Products used:
  • MAC face and body foundation in N1
  • I used MAC paint pot in Indianwood as a base
  • MAC Copper Pigment blended over the lid and up to the brow bone, and underneath the eyes 
  • I tight lined my eyes and waterline with a black liner
  • added couple coats of black mascara
  • NYX Natural Nymph lipstick
  • Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in 040 Nude Luster just over the center of my lips


I used a MAC pigment in Copper (perfect metalic name!)

Since Copper has an orange tone to it, it's perfect for making
blue eyes POP!





  • Tip #1 is copied and pasted from the reverse smokey eye post: To avoid major fallout do your eyes first!  That way you clean up underneath your eyes THEN apply your foundation and concealer.  We want it to be smokey not raccoon-y after all.
  • Metallic shadows are a must!  Otherwise it's just a smokey eye.  You can use a shimmery metallic shade all over OR just in key spots like Emma's look.
  • Don't be afraid to try different shapes with the shadows.  Look how Emma's goes up to the inner corner of her brow.  Different, but beautiful!
  • For a less dramatic look:
    • choose lighter shades like lighter browns and silvers
    • skip harsh black liner on the top and lower waterline
    • use a single coat of mascara
  • For a more dramatic look:
    • bring the shadow down under they farther than you normally would.
    • black liner all around the eye and in the water lines
    • LASHES.  If you choose a black shadow lashes may not make a huge difference since they will be harder to see.  However they will help to open up the eye if you choose a lighter metallic shade, especially when you are taking the shadow around the whole eye.  
  • To create the darkness, depth, and intensity you want with the look you need to use a black base for your eyeshadows.  Some good choices I would recommend are NYX jumbo pencil in black bean and MACs paint pot in blackground.  Or you can use any black eyeliner pencil blended all over the lid.  The same goes for a black gel liner you may have, just use a brush to blend it over the whole lid to create a nice dark base.  Even though they are black, layering and metallic light shadow over top (like a silver) will cause the shadow to really stand out and be vibrant!  
Find these in Ulta, Sephora, or online for under $5.00
WARNING: you will need to use an eyeshadow primer  under these pencils to prevent creasing throughout the night
$17.50 at your MAC counter or online
Here are a few swatches of some metallic shadows with and without a black base.
(silver, navy, brown, and gold)
Big difference, right!?
  • Keep the rest of your face very neutral.  We really want all the focus on those beautiful eyes!
  • Another cool thing is shimmery shadows tend to do the work for you.  Applying the color all over the lid and into the crease can make it look like there is a darker color in the crease depending on how the light reflects off of it.

Will you give the metallic somkey eye a try this season?

  For the love of beauty and coppery eyes,
...Casey B

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