Thursday, July 26, 2012

Going for gold: metallic make-up

With the Olympics happening this week, it's time to show your support and go for gold, silver or bronze with these metallic A-list looks that ooze medal-winning glamour...

Kristen's signature style is all about the smoky eye and combining it with metallic shades is the perfect way to achieve a sexy look for summer.
Get the look: 'Start by applying a gel liner in black around the whole eye, keeping the line thinner underneath,' advises make-up artist Leonard Daly. 'Mac's Blacktrack Fluideline is one of my favourites - Maybelline also do a great liner which comes with a brush. Don't worry about getting a perfect line as you will be blending it later.
'Next, apply a warm-coloured eye shadow with a large brush, bringing it into the inner corner socket of your eye. Finally, apply a highly reflective eye shadow for a metallic finish. My favourite range is Armani Eyes To Kill - they're super shiny without being too sparkly. Blend above and under the eye and finish with lashings of mascara for extra drama.'

Dark metallic silver-grey shadow looks great on darker skin tones and is a great way to give the trend a modern twist.
Get the look: 'Apply a cream base for long-lasting wear all over the eyelid,' says award-winning make-up artist Lan Nguyen. 'I like Kryolan Aquacolor Soft Cream in silver.'
'To create contrast apply strong black liner along the inner waterline and the top lash line - the stronger the line the more dramatic the look. Apply liquid liner for increased definition and add false corner lashes for extra volume.'

Metallic eye shadows are very easy to apply and will give your eyes a sultry modern look with little effort, says Sarah Reygate (@sarah8leesworld), the celebrity make-up artist behind the lovely fresh-faced Elle Macpherson.
'Due to the fact they are light reflective you can apply them quiet heavily. Apply a block of colour, sweeping it on with a brush and use the tip of your finger to pat and soften the edge.
'I love Chanel Illusion D'ombre, a luminous eye shadow in a fantastic grey called Illusoire; it really does suit everyone. For even more impact, outline your eyes in black or dark grey kohl then blend the edges with metallic eye shadow as far up or as winged out as you want to go.'

For a beautiful day-to-night look, try wearing the trend for metallics in softer, brown shades.

'Mila's eyes are lifted and given a wider feline look with darker drown shades that have been blended outwards to the brow bone,' says Lan.
Get the look: 'Apply a gold metallic sheen eye shadow all over the eyelid, such as Bobbi Brown in Burnt Sugar,' says Lan. 'Next, sweep a deeper chocolate mauve colour across the lids outwards to brow bone - I like Bobbi Brown shimmer wash eye shadow in Chocolate. Finally, use a wet gel liner gel (such as Bobbi Brown Twilight Long wear gel Liner) to create depth and smudge along the lash line for a sexy, smouldering look.'

'Metallic lipsticks are great mixed into any lip shade to give a sexy night time look,' says make-up artist Julia Francis.
'If you decide to wear a metallic shade alone without mixing, it's important to choose one that blends well with your skin tone as they can often highlight creases and wrinkles in the lips. Keeping your lips well moisturised before applying also helps.
'I love Bobbi Brown's selection of metallic lipsticks - they have three gorgeous shades in particular: Coral Reef, Calipso Glaze and Baby Peach.'

For a twist on the classic metallic eye look, take a tip from Paris Hilton who combines natural soft colours with darker shades for a dramatic effect.
Get the look: 'Apply a cream colour base for even coverage on the eyelid (such as Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye in white), then apply soft grey brown hues in the socket for natural contour. I like Bourjois Smoky Eye Trio Lady Vert De Gris,' says Lan. 'Build up with darker colours in the outer corners, bringing only half way under the lash line. For a doll-eye look, apply a highlighter pencil (such as Shu Uemura Eyelight Pencil in white) in the water rim of the eye.'

'Metallic colours work best against a light reflective foundation,' says Leonard. 'My favourite is the new Touche Éclat foundation from YSL - it looks like your face is glowing from within and gets better as the day goes on.
'I find it best to apply foundation with your fingers, that way you use less product than applying with a brush. Once your base is done, it's time to have fun with metallics.
'Using a highlighter, apply some product in a large 'C' shape from above your brow bone to your cheek bone, this gives your face a wonderful sheen, leaving it looking healthy and youthful. As you get older I recommend using products with less sparkle in them. I adore Kevyn Aucoin's Candlelight - it's ultra-soft and shimmery without having that glittery look.'

Rhianna loves to experiment with her look and this one certainly isn't for the faint hearted. 'It looks fantastic, but if you have any lines under your eyes it's one to avoid,' warns Leonard.
Get the look: 'Apply a classic winged liner, then get a highly reflective eye shadow and apply to the whole lid - choosing a shade to enhance your eye colour. Barry M do a cool range of eyeliners and shadows in metallic colours with reflective pigments.
'Now pick a bright metallic colour pigment and using a flat eye shadow brush, apply under your eye. Apply some dramatic falsies - She Uemera do some of the most daring lashes I've found. Use a good quality lash glue as it lasts better and feels more secure. I always use Duo Glue, available in MAC stores.'

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