Heavy metal

Heavy metal

Inspired by the futuristic look on display at Fernando Frisoni’s RAFW show, I thought I’d delve a little deeper into the metallic make-up trend as it’s going to be big, big news this winter.

The good news is it’s a trend for everyone. Lindsay Joyce, Director of Product Development for Prestige Cosmetics in NYC says, “metallics are the most versatile colours as they create a dramatic, glamorous effect on any skin tone.”  

Rebecca Prior from NP Set agrees, “everyone can wear metallics. The trick is finding the right tone for your complexion. Paler skin tones can get away with both cool and warm injections of metallics (silvers and golds), but if you’re more of an olive tone, stick to warmer, darker metallics like rich chocolates.” And remember, “make-up is all about having fun and feeling great and at the end of the day it washes off.” Good point there from David McConnell, though he does know a thing or two about make-up being the CEO of Gorgeous Cosmetics.

So what’s the best way to dip your tootsies in the shimmering pool of metallics? Joyce recommends eyeliner. “It’s a subtle yet noticeable way to get into the trend.”

Prior recommends smudging a black or brown liner into the outer corner of the top and lower lash lines, then wash a neutral or bronze metallic shadow over the lid up to the brow bone. Her tools of the trade? NP Set Eye Palette in Chicago.

My favourite metallic marvels at the moment are Bourjois Regard Metallise Pencils, L’Oreal Paris Color Appeal Mono Eye Shadow in Golden Shimmer, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Buried Treasure, the Prestige Cosmetics Let Loose range and Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dust in Minty.

And a closing thought from McConnell, “metallic does not mean glitter, it means reflective. Glitter is great for Mardi Gras, not for street wear!”

Will you be jumping on the metallic bandwagon?

Image credit: letoilemagazine

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