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5 Metallic Makeup Looks For Brighter Eyes

How metallic makeup became the hottest beauty trend for Spring/Summer 2019 – and why it looks set to stay.

5 Metallic Makeup Looks For Brighter Eyes

Go bold or go home. And Lady Gaga scored big in this season’s beauty game with gorgeous metallic makeup she wore to a string of award shows to collect her trophies for A Star is Born.

Right from the movie premiere, Gaga flaunted silvery blue metallic makeup, which she’d described as Futuristic Old Hollywood. She took the look and ran with it, accentuating the shimmery effect with hues ranging from plum and ice to smoke.

Metallic makeup, singled out as a thing on the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks, has garnered clout favourite among celebrities. Our obsession with no-makeup skin means women must find new ways to draw attention to the face.

  • Emily Ratajkowski
    Runway queen Emily Ratajkowski rocked rose gold to match her pink tresses.
  • Priyanka “Mrs Nick Jonas” Chopra wowed in graphite at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February.
  • Taylor Hill
    Victoria’s Secret angel Taylor Hill‘s cobalt-covered lids took her tuxedo pantsuit from smart to sassy.
  • Selena Gomez
    Selena Gomez one-uped the competition – with dollops of emerald that practically sparkled under the sunlight.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones enamoured with metallic peepers; we spotted plenty of shine on the runways, too.


Pierpaolo Piccioli refreshed Valentino’s couture sensibilities, distinguished by strong architectural shapes, voluminous sleeves and a fantastical display of prints and hues, with an unmistakably casual predisposition. Embroidered maxi dresses featured pockets while feathered logo sweaters were teamed with pleated skirts, as the Italian set these looks against fabrics ranging from cotton poplin and silk faille to velvet. Making it even tougher to tear attention away was the metallic eye makeup sported by models such as Kaia Gerber. The super strutted out with an eye mask in glittering green, punched up with Swarovski crystals – applied by hand, no less – on the eyelids.    


Teal metallic eyeshadow – whether in gobs or flicks – was sighted throughout Versace’s runway, where Donatella’s club-ready maiden mob, led by the likes of Shalom Harlow, Freja Beha Erichsen, Edie Campbell, as well as Gigi and Bella Hadid, revelled in the heady excess of outrageously clashing prints, fluoro leather and waist chains.   


Tom Ford’s “glamorous bohemian reinvention” of the smoky eye, which infused soft tawny hues with metallic rose gold, provided the striking foil for his signature sultry aesthetic for SS19, which featured mannish jackets, jersey gowns and skirt suits in a palette of monochrome, lilac, and skin tones. 


Are you ready to dance? All eyes were on the glittered lids and black-lined peepers of disco queens. Michael Halpernreferenced and reinterpreted the fervour and delirium of Studio 54. Sequins were the order of the day while silhouettes leaned visibly towards the Sixties with cutesy mini-dresses and sporty cropped jackets.


Silvery shimmer on the inner corner and brow bone, applied with fingers for that worn-in effect, sent the wattage soaring for Simone Rocha’s off-kilter morbid-romantic clothes, including cropped trench coats, cheongsam blouses in luxurious brocade, and flirty balloon skirts.

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