I go through phases with eyeshadow and often wear it only if I have a special event. I’d rather apply dark brown liner and mascara and call it a day. However, as of late I’ve been into metallic eyes for both day and night. Not glittery lids that are sparkly and reminiscent of disco days, but a more grown-up version that you can wear across the entire lid or as a smoky eye. It looks sophisticated and fresh in bronze, platinum, gold and jewel tones. I like how these metallic hues can be subtle or amped up depending on your mood, and the hint of shimmer brightens up the eyes. Here’s some gorgeous metallic palettes, pencils and creamy shadows that are easy to apply and totally wearable for day or night:
Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette in Color Field: This palette comes in five beautiful hues that are meant for layering and blending seamlessly. The color goes on silky and has a gorgeous wearable sheen that looks great on the entire lid or for creating the perfect metallic smoky eye. This particular palette compliments my hazel eyes, and is even wearable for daytime.
Kat Von D Metal Crush Shadow in Raw Power: Sangria metallic lids are on-trend these days, and this shadow is all you need to create that edgy look. The color glides on smooth, has the prettiest sheen and completely wearable for blondes to brunettes. If you don’t want to go full on color, this mixed with a gilded neutral hue is just as pretty, but I prefer to swipe it over the entire lid and apply some on the lower lash line for a modern look.
Colour Prevails Eye Shimmer Powder in Emerald: These pretty bottles hold powdery shadows that look bold, but go on silky and subtle with a nice sheen. This light green shadow has hints of gold, so it’s softer than a punchy green and compliments most eye colors.
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere: I’m obsessed with this metallic eye pencil that glides on easily and wears well like a prestige brand. I apply the gilded jumbo pencil to my entire lid, and even add some to the corners to brighten up my eyes, which is perfect for a fresh daytime look.
Maybelline 24Hr Color Tatoo in Bold Gold: These creamy pots are full of long-wearing, rich color that you can apply with your fingers or a brush to the entire lid or on the lash line and inner corners. This gold color is universally flattering and buildable for more amped up looks.
Sonia Kashuk Pearlescence Longwear Creme in Quartz: These creamy liquid shadows are similar to a prestige brand that I used to wear every day, and this metallic bronze looks great on all skin tones. Plus, they are easy to apply and great for travel.
Circa Beauty Color Focus Eye Shadow in Dauntless: A universal metallic taupey grey hue looks great on everyone and this one has the prettiest sheen, goes on smooth and lasts for hours. Plus, the price can’t be beat.
Photo taken by Tara DeLaive