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Thinking back on 2017, one beauty trend stands out among the rest: metallic makeup. As much as we love color-blocked eyeliner and lipstick, glossy eye shadow, and balayage hair colors, nothing quite compares to the shimmering goodness that is the metallic beauty trend. Metallic makeup is the perfect addition to any beauty routine to take an everyday makeup look from drab to fab. Keep reading to learn how to apply metallic highlighter, metallic eye shadow, metallic lipstick, and metallic lip gloss for seriously stunning makeup looks.
When you think of metallic makeup, highlighter might not be the first product that comes to mind—but it should be! The L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter comes in two shades (Rose Quartz and Gilded Glow), that can be used to add light and luminosity to your face. Apply your highlighter shade of choice to the high points of your face for dimension. Simply glide it over your cheekbones, brow bones, and other high points for a radiant-looking glow.
Put down your matte eyeshadows and add some serious shimmer to your face with the L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Eyeshadow, which comes in three gorgeous hues: Gilded Gold, Crushed Stone, and Diamond Dust. Use your finger or an eyeshadow brush to sweep eyeshadow over your lids and to add dimension with metallic pearls.
Up until this year, the idea of wearing metallic lipstick seemed reserved for beauty trendsetters. Nowadays, this makeup trend has spread to the masses—meaning anyone can get in on it! The L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Lipstick is available in four beautiful colors: Brass, Bronze, Copper, and Burnished. They offer a glittery shimmer that’ll enhance your lips. You can wear any of these metallic lipstick shades alone or on top of another lip color. Start in the center of your upper lip, working your way to the outer edges of your lips and following the contour of your mouth.
Looking to embrace metallic makeup but craving something a bit more sheer? You’ll love the L’Oréal Paris Crushed Foils Metallic Lip Gloss in Mirrored and Luster. Wear them alone or as a top coat and you’re sure to wow the crowd with the glassy, metallic effect.
Let your metallic makeup hold center stage. To keep the rest of your makeup from competing with your shimmery metallic makeup accents, keep the rest of your makeup subdued. Here’s how.
Step 1: Perfect your base. Before applying any makeup, use the L’Oréal Paris Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer or L’Oréal Paris Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer to create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application.
Step 2: Color-correct. Next, use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayons to neutralize the appearance of redness, dullness, or sallowness. After all, you don’t want any other colors competing with your high-shine metallic shimmer!
Step 3: Apply foundation. Once everything looks a bit more evenly toned, decide whether you want dewy-looking skin or a matte finish from your foundation. After you choose, squeeze some of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation onto a makeup blender, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, and stipple it on until you achieve your ideal coverage—just remember that you should avoid a heavy-handed approach if you’re aiming for a natural-looking finish.
Step 4: Add your metallic makeup accents. Your base is set, so it’s time to add shimmer to the places you want to reflect the most light. As much as we love metallic makeup, we recommend keeping shimmer confined to one or two areas of your face. Cheeks and lips, lips and lids, cheeks and lids—you choose!
Step 5: Set your makeup. Now that you’ve perfected your metallic makeup look, you’d hate to see it fade away throughout the day, right? To help prevent that, dust a face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, across your face and you’ll be ready to slay all day.
Metallics are popular in the hair color world, too! Check out our article, How to Rock the Metallic Hair Color Trend, to find out how to try this look yourself.