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It was only a matter of time before the metallic craze made its way into makeup. Yep, what started out as a clothing and accessories trend has finally hit the beauty scene—and to no surprise in this shimmer-loving world we live in, it’s making quite a splash. To get in on this must-wear makeup trend, we’re here to walk you through all things metallic lipstick so you know not only which color will pair best with your skin tone but how to apply it for a lip makeup look you’re sure to want to show off. Get ready to pucker up!
The same way some hair colors look better on certain skin tones, so do lipsticks. The trick to figuring out what these colors are is to determine your undertones. Most people fall into one of two categories: warm or cool. If you have warm skin, it’s most often referred to as golden or olive—and reds and oranges will suit you best. If you have cool skin, you likely have fairer skin—and blue-based hues will accentuate your coloring for a look that pops. If you’re having trouble determining which category you fall into, there’s a good chance that you have neutral skin, meaning you can rock pretty much any color across the board—lucky you!
Ready to get in on the metallic fun? Check out our eight metallic lipsticks below—and find your match below.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick in Brass: If you love the idea of gold lipstick, this is the perfect lipstick shade for you.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallics in Moon Lust: If you're a fan of nude lipstick but want to add a little je ne sais quoi to your lip look, reach for this dusty rose number that’s sure to take your no-makeup, makeup look to the next level.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick in Burnished: Does your go-to makeup look involve a pink lip? If so, this pink metallic lipstick is for you! The pink hue has an envy-worthy, shimmering finish.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallics in Galactic Foil: Not quite pink and not quite purple, this shimmering mauve lipstick is the perfect hue for adding just enough fresh-faced color to your look.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick in Copper: Take a beauty cue from the pennies at the bottom of your purse. This copper shade will paint your lips a coral metallic hue.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallics in Smoldering Eclipse: Few things beat sipping on sangria, so why not let your lips represent your love for your go-to alcoholic beverage? This wine-colored metallic lipstick can help define your pout with a pretty dramatic flair.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick in Bronze: Are you a fan of deeper lip shades? This metallic brick lip color will give your lips the pigmented color you crave in addition to a stunning shimmer.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallics in Liquid Venom: If you like your nudes neutral without hints of pink, this slightly copper lipstick could be the choice for you.
It’s a good idea to prep your lips before applying metallic lipstick. So, commit these three steps to memory and you’ll be ready to rock a perfectly painted pout any day of the week.
Shimmery shades can draw attention to dryness and flakiness. Reach for a lip scrub to help exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of your lips before applying your metallic lipstick. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub can be used on both your face and lips for softer, smoother skin.
After exfoliating, swipe on a lip primer to help create a smooth canvas for your metallic lipstick application. No lip primer on hand? No problem! Just dab on a little bit of foundation or concealer.
You’re officially ready to layer on your metallic lipstick! Your best bet will be to start at your cupid’s bow and work your way out towards the corners before applying a side-to-side swipe across your bottom lip.
At the end of the day, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water to remove your metallic lipstick. Just saturate a cotton pad with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and wipe the pad across your lips. That’s it—no rinsing required! Micellar water is the perfect travel-friendly cleanser—so bring a bottle with you when you’re traveling or headed to the gym.
Want to extend the metallic makeup past your lips? Here’s How to Rock Metallic Makeup all over.