Trend To Try: Metal Fatigue | People Magazine

Trend To Try: Metal Fatigue

WHAT better way to bring out your edgier side than by going full out with metallic make-up? We’ve seen tons of celebs wearing the fun, futuristic make-up trend and you might be saying to yourself: ‘but they have professional make-up artists to help them pull it off, plus they have perfect features too.’ We’re here to prove you wrong: heavy metal make-up is wearable. Seriously.  We know exactly how to get the job done without overdoing it on the shimmer. Here are our top ten tips and tricks to kick your metallic make-up looks into high gear

  1. HAILEE Steinfeld, Allison Williams and Gugu Mbatha Raw’s choice of metallic is emerald green. It’s simple to draw attention with a pop of metallic emerald green eyeshadow mixed with your usual black liner. With a colour this bright, apply colouring toward the outside corner of the eye, then buff and blend the colour across your lid. Keep blending until all edges are hazy and soft. Another option is to apply a classic graphic cat-eye but in an unusual emerald metallic green shade.

Double Wear Eye Pencil: R385, Estee Lauder And Liquid Metal Eyeshadow In What Do You Sea: R65, Catrice

  1. BEFORE packing on the pigment, dab on a primer or a creamy shadow to create a base for metallic pigments to stick to. On bare skin, most metallic products tend to fade into skin easily, but when applied on top of a creamy base they are much more noticeable.

Canvas Eye Mousse Primer: R430, Bodyography

  1. IT’S easy to add a silver shimmer to your regular routine. It’s both subtle, yet packs a punch. Play up your look by adding it to the inner corners of eyes or layering it on over a cat eye.

Bold Metals Tapered Shadow Brush: R329.95, Real Techniques

  1. A metallic lip shade – it can easily look OTT, right? Avoid anything much too much by only wearing one metallic element at a time. If lips are your choice of heavy metal, keep eyes basic and the rest of your face free from shimmer.

Cosmic Metals Lip Cream Dark In Nebula: R154.95, NYX

  1. DON’T be afraid to look to the past to find inspiration for bold beauty looks. Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk and Kaia Gerber aren’t. Your seventies inspired eyeshadow can be any colour to copy the models’ look, as long as it’s on the cool end of the colour spectrum. Pair a metallic shadow with a nude lip to keep the look from appearing too costume-y.

Sparkle Eye Shadow: R515, Bobbi Brown

  1. AVOID looking washed out by harsh metallic hues by warming up the face and adding dimension with bronzer, blusher and highlighter or by swiping on a coloured lip.

Heaven’s Hue Highlighter: R580, Stila

  1. FUN, feminine, trendy and easy to pull off, rose gold has both warm and cool qualities making it suitable for all skin tones. Plus it’s great for every day make-up. It’s pretty much fool proof! Wear it on your lids, lips and cheekbones. You can even dab some on your Cupid’s bow to draw attention to your pout.

Liquid Matte Lip Vinyl In Chrome Pink: R119.95, Yardley And Metal Shock Eyeshadow In Stars & Stories: R79.95, Essence

  1. IT’S always comforting to know that old reliable hues, such as copper, gold and bronze can be fallen back on, no matter what the current trends. These traditional metals are the perfect understated alternative to bold metals. Lightly dust metals on the center of your lips to create a gilded lipstick look or layer it on your lids for a smouldering, night-time effect. To really make eyes stand out, look for stronger pigment and blend the colour onto lids with a finger.


Nevada Gold Eye Colour Stick: R160, The Body Shop And Desert Dusk Palette: R1 050, By HUDA Beauty, Eye See Hue

  1. FROM day to night, metal looks different. During the day, metallics call for subtle and subdued, so stick to shimmery powders or subtle liners. While night time is the perfect opportunity to be bold and daring with bold hues.


Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour Metallics: R300, MAC Cosmetics

  1. ALL you need is one eyeshadow palette to totally reinvent your night-time smokey eye. Just look at Jennifer Lawrence and Jourdan Dunn’s blue metallic smoke. Start by sweeping the darkest, near-black shade across your lower lashline and out toward temples. Then add a metallic true blue toward the center of the lid. Blend before adding a pop of silvery highlighter at the inner corner. Repeat the same process on your bottom lashline, then finish with coats of black mascara.

Crushed Metallic Eyeshadow: R99, By Palladio, Dis-Chem



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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