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How To Wear Metallic Eye Shadow

how to wear metallic eye shadow

How to wear metallic eye shadow. The holidays might be over and as we settle into long winter days (in many parts of the world) I’ve realized that I have absolutely no desire to put away my metallic and shimmer eye shadows. I’m currently reaching for an emerald green every morning as it’s bright with a hint of sparkle and I refuse to let it go. Now, of course, no one wants to look like the little kid who got their hands on their mom’s makeup. The trick is to keep yourself looking polished and sophisticated.
how to wear metallic eye shadow


Keep it simple. Pile a huge amount of shimmer eye shadow on and you’ll quickly look like you’re going to a night club.  A simple bronze liner, however, can look very chic over an otherwise nude eye.  If this still feels like too much then simply opt for a sheer shadow application. I will sometimes use my finger instead of a brush.

Keep it to a minimum. Applying a metallic shadow all over your lids will probably be a little much, especially if you are wearing it during the day. Don’t go past the crease for a more streamlined look.  For a bit of a different look, try applying a light shimmer to just the inner corners of your eyes. A few dots of a metallic shade on the center of your lid and over a matching matte shadow will look fantastic.

Consider your skin tone. Just like with any other makeup, your skin tone matters. Shades of pink, like rose gold, will look fabulous on everyone. Copper, bronze and warm gold melt beautifully with darker skin tones while silvers and platinum look effortless on light complexions.
how to wear metallic eye shadow

Reflectivity is the wonderful property of shimmer and metallic shadows, which when applied correctly, make your eyes look brighter and well rested.

Do you ever wear a metallic shadow during the day?

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  1. Great post! Metallic eye shadows are amazing and they look good on all skin tones. I wear them day and night…I tend to stick to bronzes & gold tones during the day but at night I like to use anything from purple, black glitter or silver too. I’m loving that green shadow in the first picture 🙂

    xo, Jackie

    1. Ooooh sounds awesome! I wear a green one most days. It’s almost finished so it didn’t make the pics. Ha! That green one is from MAC.

  2. Always wondered what the best way to be wearing metallics, thanks for sharing.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. My pleasure. I really love a little bit of metallic for everyday.

  3. love metallic eyeshadow, but I’m too scared to wear it…. maybe I should give it a go!!

    1. No way, with your amazing style you should totally try them! Just use a tiny bit and apply it with your fingers. It will look amazing!

  4. Hi Caroline! I almost always wear a matte shade on my browbone with a metallic on my lid and a slightly metallic shade in my crease. I feel like having a metallic shadow keeps a daytime look from being too heavy an serious.

    Your photos are really beautiful– all of those shades are so rich!


    1. I totally agree with you!!!! I really think that makeup should be fun and thanks!

  5. I tried one for Christmas, and the result was awesome!!
    I was kind of scared at the beginning but now I only can think about metallic colours 😉

    Thanks for the post Caroline, hope to read you soon!!


    1. Metallic shades are SO much fun! I really think everyone can wear them.

  6. I love bronze and champagne for day…even a light grey/silver. I should branch out and try more colors.

    1. With your skin tone go for green, I think it would look amazing on you!

  7. I usually avoid metallics during the day out of fear of looking trashy, but your tips are really helpful! Metallics in small doses could work.

    1. Of course no one wants to look to trashy, ever! I’m really talking about small doses that act more as an accent to your eyes.

  8. I love metallic eye shadown but only when going out at night. I actually do use my finger over a brush!

  9. Hi lovely,

    Happy weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post. I have to confess I’m a bit too shy for metallic eyeshadow, it is a statement for me but the shades you picked are very nice. I particularly like the orange one and the slightly mat ones in the last picture.

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

    1. Happy Weekend! I love a more subdued metallic for day. The orange-y one is called Melon (MAC). It has quite a lot of gold in it so it’s very flattering on everyone.

  10. Hmmm, I tend to wear metallic eye shadow at night, coz I like to go Studio 54 Full Throttle Style! Having said that sometimes during the day I will wear a soft beigey goldey shimmer. Good post and very useful tips!

    1. Thanks so much! Of course at night metallic shadow is so much more fun but I find that a little swipe for day makes my complexion look more alive.

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