Metallic Makeup Palettes for Our Silver Anniversary
Clearly, all that glitters is not gold. Just in time for our silver anniversary, the newest crop of metallic makeup features a sheer wash of shimmer. The effect? Incredibly glamorous—and flattering. “It’s magical how silver enhances any eye color, making irises appear more vibrant,” says Joanna Schlip, the makeup artist for Physicians Formula. Choose among platinums and pearls, slates and pewters, to create a beautiful holiday glow.
When it comes to shimmery eye shadow, keep it sheer for day, and amp up the intensity for evening. Shades abound: Pick from the constellation of offerings on the previous page, then choose one of these options:
A subtle highlight
Apply your usual eye shadow, then dab silver shadow in the middle of the lid or corner of the eye, or sweep some in above the crease.
A little drama
Brush a silver cream shadow from lash line to crease, then blend a deeper tone—like navy, burgundy, gray, or brown—into the crease.
Smudge a pewter eye shadow along the upper and lower lash lines with a small, tightly packed bristle eye-makeup brush.
2. Find the Right Liner
Eyeliner helps eyes stand out while also making lashes appear thicker. The trick is to keep it close to the upper lash line and, if you choose, along the lower lash line, too. Colored liners help open up the eye, while balancing the gilded effect. Schlip’s rule of thumb: Choose a shade that contrasts with your natural eye color or match the tone, as suggested here:
Think navy, copper, or brown.
Reach for a forest green or deep aubergine.
Olives and browns are a safe bet, as is steel or cobalt if your eyes run grayer.
Chocolate, moss green, eggplant, and grayish blues all flatter.
3. Dress Up Your Lashes
Innovative mascara formulations with ingredients like collagen, panthenol, and keratin leave lashes feeling soft, while novel wand designs deliver a fanned-out fringe minus the clumps. Follow these tips for a clean application.
Eyelash curlers are the pushup bras of makeup: Without them, lashes just droop. Get as close to the lash line as you can and crimp gently, then gently “walk” the curler out as you crimp two more times.
Place the mascara wand at the base of the lashes. Shimmy it from side to side while pulling the brush toward the tips to ensure that you coat every lash.
Layer mascara as needed, especially on the outer lashes. For the most natural look, simply touch the wand to your bottom lashes to gently color them.
Easy on the Eyes
The best reason to add a swipe of silver: “It’s very youthful,” says Schlip, who turns to this tone to obscure redness in and around the eyes while also giving them a little lift (and who couldn’t use that?). For eye-popping results that never look out of place, follow her foolproof three-step method, and pair the final effect with soft pink or peach blush and lips.