How To Wear Metallic Eyeshadow

Eyes that dazzle in metallic colors has always been one of my favorite looks. Read on for a few tips on how to make the metallic look work:

How To Wear Metallic Eyeshadow

* Keep metallics on the eyelid and away from the crease as they can flatten and make your eyes look dull. Avoid the outer corners as well since they can they can age and make any crow’s feet even more obvious.

* To use metallic colors on Asian eyes (which are usually less deep-set), the key is to highlight the brow bone and to use black eyeliner and lots of mascara. You can also try using a matte or cream eyeshadow underneath and using the metallic color to highlight the center of the eyelid.

* Colors like plums, greens, blues, bronzes and grays all make brown eyes pop like crazzzzy. Those with blue eyes would look hot in bronzes and those with green eyes would rock plums.

* Warm colors warm up the skin while cool colors cool it down. In other words, if you are on the pale side, stick with cool colors like light blue, silver mauve or silver. If you are on the darker side, go with coppers and golds.

* Try to limit the use of metallics to one area. When you do metallic eyes, keep the rest of your face simple. Use a foundation with a velvet/satin finish and highlight only your cheekbones and the center of your lip.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Hi Joey, basically the crease is the fold right above your upper lid. If you have single eyelids, chances are you will not have a crease. However, there are also people out there who have a crease but not a very obvious one. Hope that helps!

  2. i really apprecitate all your tips. People at my school dont know much about makeup. and the ones that think they do, dont really. They end up putting too much on or it just doesnt look good with there skin tone.

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