Metallic Makeup?
For Winter?

Posted in Makeup on March 22, 2018 by

On a cloudy, overcast day, let the high impact of a holographic shimmer or subtle iridescence raise your spirits.

Inspired by Kirakira+ (that app that’s sparkling up everything over on Insta-stories), this is Gritty Pretty’s easy guide to wearing metallic makeup featuring Senior Artist for M.A.C Cosmetics Australia, Nicole Thompson. Her money-saving, high-impact tips on how to wear this of-the-moment beauty trend might just make you a little less scared of using shimmery products in everyday life. Join us?

Keep scrolling for those excellent tips.


Thompson praises the metallic lip product that can be used on all areas the face: eyes, cheeks and lips. “It makes metallics as user-friendly as possible,” she says. “I used my fingers to tap everything in and blend, you don’t always need to use a brush,” she adds.  All the money-saving tips, right there.




For lips that jump off the page (here’s one we prepared earlier #smugface), start with a metallic cream or liquid lipstick base, dab and set with metallic eyeshadow, then add gloss on top for one “metallic sandwich” that will not budge. It’s all about layering for a multi-dimensional finish.



Metallics for every occasion. Try these on for size –

Use iridescent finishes and earth-toned shades for an understated metallic look.
L-R: Eyes: Pat McGrath Labs Cyber Clear Eye Gloss (sold as part of Dark Start 006 Eye Kit), M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream in ‘Pinklite’Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc.

Powdered metallics make the biggest impact. These cream-to-powder and liquid-to-matte products make it wearable.
L-R: Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Sticks , Mecca Cosmetica The Enlightened Trio, M.A.C Cosmetics Retro Metallic Matte Liquid Lipstick.

For everyday, take it back down to earth by wearing sandy-toned metallics.
L-R: Gilded Cage Highlighter, M.A.C Cosmetics Hyper Real Glow Palette in ‘Get It Glowin’, Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in ‘Metallic Copper’.





Photographer: Ana Suntay-Tañedo

Makeup Artist: Nicole Thompson for M.A.C Cosmetics

Model: Chey Carty @ VIVIEN’S Model Management