Metallic Eye Make-up in Spring 2013

11 Jan

We hope you’re into heavy metal because the spring 2013 runways were ablaze with shades of silver, gold, platinum, and bronze. But this isn’t a hint of glimmer or a demure shine. It’s loud, unabashed glitz that will have you rocking and rolling all night long. Here, our favorite ways to wear the trend.

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PERFECTLY PLATINUM

Metallic Eyes at Chanel Runway

Metallic Eyes at Chanel Runway

Why did makeup artist Peter Philips choose the platinum shade for Chanel‘s spring show? “I walked into Karl’s renovated studio and the parquet floors had a metallic covering this color,” Philips explained. “He loved it, so I suggested using it on the eyes.” Philips created the custom cream shadow the night before the show and spread it over the lids and up to the brow bones. “We had to be heavy-handed because the runway is so big,” Philips said. At home, keep this color concentrated on your lids only, and line your eyes with black pencil. “Otherwise it will look like you’re wearing theatrical makeup,” Philips said.

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METALLIC SMOKY EYES

Metallic Eyes at Versace Runway

Metallic Eyes at Versace Runway

For the sultry smoky eye at Versace, Pat McGrath ditched classic black and gray shadows for warmer hues of bronze and brown. “There’s a casualness to the collection that calls for less intense shades,” she said. Follow McGrath’s steps to get the look: Start by lining your whole eye with black pencil. Brush a shimmery bronze shadow on your lids. Blend chocolate brown shadow in the creases and create a V shape so it extends past the outer corners and comes back under your lower lash lines. Finish with tons of mascara, tawny blush, and lip balm.

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SIMPLE, SEXY COPPER

Metallic Eyes at Chloé Runway

Metallic Eyes at Chloé Runway

Want a going-out look that will have you out the door in a matter of minutes? Look no further than the metallic winged shadow at Chloé this season. Makeup artist Diane Kendal went with a shimmery copper shade that looked seriously amazing on every model. She started by applying a base of cream shadow up to the brow bone, pulling the color out past the outer corners. With a cotton swab, she went around the perimeters to create the sharp triangular wing shape. Then she pressed a metallic copper pigment on top of that. While she skipped mascara, this is not something you want to omit for everyday. So go ahead, layer as much of it on as you want.

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ABSTRACT SILVER

Metallic Eyes at Issey Miyake Runway

Metallic Eyes at Issey Miyake Runway

To create the illusion that the models had just emerged from the water at Issey Miyake, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni covered their faces in lip gloss and their lids with a liquid-y silver pigment. Skip the sticky face, but we think the silver shadow would look awesome with a black cocktail dress. Draw a thick line along your top lashes and run a brush over it to blend the color up your lids. Or smudge on a silver cream shadow.

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SUBTLE SHINE

Metallic Eyes at Vera Wang Runway

Metallic Eyes at Vera Wang Runway

The beautiful gold ombré eye shadow at Vera Wang was meant to evoke the summer sun in India, the country that inspired the designer’s spring collection. Pieroni applied the rusty gold powder (a mix of brown, bronze, and gold) to the eyes with a sponge-tip applicator. “Otherwise this type of sparkly shadow goes everywhere,” she explained. She swiped the blend of powders on the lids up to the brow bone, piling on more bronze close to the lash line for added intensity.

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MIXED METALS

Metallic Eyes at Gianfranco Ferré

Metallic Eyes at Gianfranco Ferré

Pairing gold and silver shadows sounds frightening, but at Gianfranco Ferré, makeup artist Benjamin Puckey made the surprising combination look beautiful. He used three different metallic shades and lots of black liner. He started by lining the top lashes with black gel and bringing it under the lower lashes slightly. On the inner half of the lids (not the inner corners), he brushed on a light bronze shadow. On the outer half of the eye he dusted a darker bronze shadow, which he also smudged under the entire lower lash lines. Then he dabbed silver pigment in the inner corners. Lashes were curled and coated in black mascara, and while he toned down the lips with concealer (which is more Star Trek than chic), we suggest topping them with sheer nude gloss.

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GLOSSY COPPER

Metallic Eyes at Louis Vuitton Runway

Metallic Eyes at Louis Vuitton Runway

We’re obsessed with the glossy, coppery orange eye shadow McGrath applied at Louis Vuitton—especially the way she applied it. Pairing it with heavy black liner under the eyes and lots and lots of mascara, she offered a fresh take on a graphic ’60s eye, which perfectly complemented Marc Jacobs’s mod-inspired checkered dresses and separates. It’s easy to do, too. Pick a creamy black pencil, and drag it across your lower lashes, getting thicker as you near the outer corners. Clean up any edges with a cotton swab. Cover lids in rusted copper shadow, and smear a thin layer of lip balm on top of that.

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