How To Pull Off Metallic Makeup

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means parties, parties and more parties. It also means that beauty shelves are sparkling with glittery and metallic makeup. 

Who can resist a little shimmer? The trick is pulling it off without turning yourself into a Christmas tree ornament! Here are my favorite tips for looking merry and bright through the New Year:

  • Pick one or two areas of your face to add metallic flair to: lips, eyes, cheeks or complexion. Keep the rest of your features matte.

  • As a general rule for eye shadows, earth tone metallics are universally flattering. Think of hammered metals like copper, bronze, silver or gold. Avoid formulas with large flakes of glitter. They can look too theatrical and create a mess during application. (GalTime likes: Jane Iredale Mystikol in Smoky Quartz ($20). It's a dual ended magic stick with silvery grey eyeliner on one end and a pale peach highlighter on the other. The applicators are smudge brushes, so creating a blended smoky eye has never been so easy!)

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  • Some cosmetic lines have beautiful metallic eye pencils in jewel tones. Pair these with a soft matte, neutral shadow and your eyes will pop in a subtle way. My favorite combos are plums with green and hazel eyes, blues/silvers with brown eyes and coppery brown with blue eyes. (GalTime likes: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Lust ($19). A deep purple with subtle hints of silver that’s universally flattering, glides on smooth, and stays put from day to night.)


  • A beautiful, yet understated look is to mix a liquid luminizer with foundation. It will give your complexion a "lit from within" look. Pair it with satin or matte eye, lips and cheeks, and get ready to glow! (GalTime likes: Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer in Rose Gold ($20). Just a drop or two gives you a fresh, dewy glow without going overboard on the sparkle factor. Not a foundation girl? Mix it with your face lotion!)

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  • The metallic lip can be tacky if it is too bright. I love to apply a lip pencil that is slightly deeper than your natural lip color. Line and fill your pucker in. Then, pick a shimmery lip gloss with a hint of silver or gold and smooth on lightly. (GalTime likes: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Lip Nectar ($13). A sheer gloss with a hint of sparkle that's flattering on all skin tones.)

  • A quick way to add some shine is to use a shimmery loose powder. Apply a small amount with a tapered blush brush to the temples, under the brows and high on the cheekbones. Consider adding a little to the collarbone and decollete as well. This will look festive, not overdone. (GalTime likes: the Balm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer ($24): OK. So it's not a loose powder, but this highlighter is one of our faves! Just a dab of the champagne gold hue will sculpt cheeks, highlight brows, and just add some overall glittery goodness.) 

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