Metallic makeup is dramatic, bold, and off-limits for many people in their everyday beauty regimens — making it PERFECT for holidays and special occasions! For the last TCL makeup post of the year, it seemed appropriate to do a fancy, sparkling metallic eye makeup application that’s just perfect for wearing to a NYE party.
Regardless of whether you think you have the guts for a gilded glittery eyelid with a dark cut crease, I’d love for you all to try it and share pics with us if you do! (Tag @jenheartsart and #thiscreativelife on Instagram so we’ll see.) This makeup application lends itself to an instantly fancier, more glamorous look.
I chose gold because it complements my skin tone and hair color, and it was also the top choice among the social media friends I polled. However, the techniques I’m using for this look can be used with just about any metallic color, and works especially well with warmer tones (like coppers, bronzes, and other shades of gold).
First, you’ll need to start with a clean, moisturized, and primed face. I use Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense and Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm before applying any sort of foundation. On a daily basis, I wear Bare Minerals loose powder instead of a full-coverage foundation, but for a flawless and smooth face to complement this more heavy eye look I opted for Sephora liquid foundation and Bare Minerals translucent mineral veil.
Next, I went to work on creating a cut crease for contrast and shape. I used a black pencil eyeliner to draw lightly along the crease of my eyelid, shaping the outer corner with a rounded edge. Using a short, stiff brush for blending, begin smudging the liner to create a base for your black eyeshadow. Try to use a matte black eyeshadow powder, not a shimmery or metallic formula. I apply this right over the black liner and blend the edges with a pale neutral color that almost matches my natural skin color. Smudge carefully along the outer 2/3 of your bottom lash line with the remaining black eyeshadow left on your brush.
Third thing on which to focus is applying the gold to the center of the eyelid, which is done in a few layers. (Don’t forget to put on eyeshadow primer all over the lids! Do it now if you didn’t before, as it’ll help make the gold stick and shine.) I carefully applied a bright, yellow-based gold eyeshadow all over the inner and middle areas of the lid, the parts left inside the black crease and edges. A tiny bit of this color in the inner corner of the bottom lash line also brightens up the eyes. I topped the gold shadow with a glitter gold liquid liner (e.l.f. Copper) for sparkle.
Last step is to really blend the transitional areas and darken up the contrasting black areas. I used a Beauty Blender (the pointy end) to blend all the edges and e.l.f. black liquid eyeliner along the upper lash line. Finish off the look with your favorite black mascara. For the final polishing effect on my eye makeup, I dabbed on a tiny bit of Lorac’s Liquid Lustre in the copper shade. (Hint: Keep the little vial handy for quick re-metalling throughout the night!)
Adding a bit of color goes a long way for brightening up this look and really upping the glam factor. I used stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in red and NYX red lip liner, with NARS Orgasm blush. You can use a more neutral lip color if the red is too much for you, but some color and shine is necessary for pulling the look together.
If you’re not ready for such a bold look, skip the cut crease and just add a product like Lorac’s Liquid Lustre (an easy-to-apply sparkly serum-like solution) over the top of any warm, golden eyeshadow. It’s available at Sephora in a variety of colors, but I particularly like the coppery and bronze hues because they look great on most skin tones.
Add some shiny costume jewelry in a similar shade, and you’re ready to ring in another fabulous year in style!