Metallic Eye Makeup 101: How to Get the Look

Master the art of metallic eye shadow with this simple tutorial!

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Keep this trend wearable (and work appropriate) by sticking to shimmery neutrals, like bronze, copper and gunmetal gray. Avoid blues and greens, which are too easy to overdo.

1. Prep lids with a base—you can use primer, foundation or concealer—then layer on pressed or translucent powder to set it (and add staying power) before applying color. Using cream shadow? Skip the powder step.

2. Brush metallic shadow across the lid only; don't go above the crease. The more glittery formulas can draw attention to crepey skin, so opt for shadows with just a hint of luster—they're much more forgiving.

3. Curl lashes and finish with a swipe of mascara. Be sure to keep the rest of your face simple: Use a lightweight foundation to even out your skin tone, and apply just a hint of color on cheeks and lips.

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