10 Tips for Making Metallic Makeup Look Naturally Stunning (PHOTOS)

Maressa Brown | Dec 30, 2014 Beauty & Style
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  • Pick a 'Universally Flattering' Lip

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    Sometimes, you might not want to have to figure out which hue is the perfect match for your skin tone. That's fair. In those cases, try to find a product that is marketed as a "one size fits all" -- especially in the case of lipstick or lip gloss.

    "For a universally flattering metallic, try a gorgeous pink like Osmosis Colour Cosmetics' new lilac lipgloss ($17, blush.com), which works for almost all skin [tones]," advises Ami Shvartzman, Director of Education for Osmosis.

    Award-winning celebrity makeup artist Patty Bell, whose star roster includes Amy Adams and Kate Walsh, agrees, noting, "Nothing looks better on a flawless face than a beautiful, sparkling lip gloss." Her favorite: Chanel's Scintillance Glossimer lip gloss ($29.50, chanel.com). "It's a sparkly peachy-pink shade that looks great by itself or over another lipstick," she says.

  • Don't Get Overzealous With Blush

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    Speaking of peachy-pink shades that work for everyone, when it comes to blush, you can definitely stick with a tried and true hue instead of experimenting with anything too wild. Bell loves cult classic NARS Orgasm blush ($30, sephora.com). "It's just one of those universal colors that looks great on everyone," she says. "For an extra bit of glam, try Super Orgasm from NARS that adds some glittery sparkle to the cheekbones -- perfect for a fun night out or New Year's Eve!"

    An overall rule of thumb: "Use metallic blushes and powders sparingly," advises Meli Pennington, director of makeup artistry for ColorSisters. ­ "A light dusting can create a beautiful sheen, but relying on a metallic to give full color can create a tin-man look!"

  • Stick to a Solo Act

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    It's best to play up your eyes or your lips. Even your manicure or your eyes. "You should pick one feature (eyes, lips, nails) to emphasize with metallics, and keep the rest of the look toned-down and matte for a modern and polished look," advises NYC-based hairstylist and makeup artist Eden DiBlanco.

  • Think Outside the Shadow Box

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    We tend to think of eye shadow, lip gloss, and a blush/highlighter as the best ways to work in a touch of metallic, but you can easily get a really subtle effect with eyeliner, says DiBlanco.

    "A quick swipe of metallic eyeliner smudged into the lash line can help make eyes pop with definition and a little glamour without being over the top," she explains. One to try: Ulta Metallic Automatic Eyeliner ($8, ulta.com).

    Want to get a bit more creative? "You can use a metallic liquid liner as an accent, applied above a dark liner," advises Pennington. "Another beautiful place for a metallic touch is on the 'cupid's bow' of the upper lip, with or without a strong lip color."

  • Mix It Up

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    If you want to get in touch with your inner artist and experiment a bit, consider this tip from beauty expert and makeup artist Christina Marrale. "A fun way to tap into the metallic trend is by mixing and matching your own lip color with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Trio Set ($25, sephora.com). It's perfect option for those who love color and trying out new shades."

  • Marry Metallics to Warm Neturals

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    "When pairing metallics on the eye, always be sure to tie the look together with a warm, neutral shade on the crease," recommends Marrale. "This brings balance to the look, allowing the colors to marry together perfectly."

    Using a high-quality product helps, of course, and Marrale loves Bobbi Brown Metallic eye shadow ($22, sephora.com). "The color selections are gorgeous!" she says.

  • Steer Clear of Chunky Glitter

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    "Avoid metallic eye shadows, highlighters, and bronzers with large particles," warns Schvartzman. "Instead, find a line that is triple-milled, as the particles will have a smoother application that will look more natural on the skin."

    Bonus: Triple-milled powders, like Osmosis Colour products or Sephora+Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28, sephora.com), "photograph amazingly well," she notes.

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