Makeup Tutorials

Metallic Golden Bronze Eye Makeup Tutorial

May 7, 2012

A metallic eye can always be seen on the red carpet and runway for a reason – it can instantly add sizzle to any look and works on all eye shape. Below is a quick one I did using different shades of bronze from one of my favorite neutral palettes, Urban Decay Naked Palette. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial!

Metallic Goldden Bronze Eyeshadow Makeup Tutorial

Step 1. Using a fluffy brush like MAC #217 Blending Brush, apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Half-Baked on the inner half of the eyelid.

Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow on inner corner

Step 2. Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Smog on the outer half of the eyelid. Blend so there is a gradation between the two colors.

Urban Decay Smog Eyeshadow on outer corner

Step 3. With Sonia Kashuk Pencil Brush, darken the outer corner and crease with Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Darkhorse.

Urban Decay Darkhorse Eyeshadow on crease

Step 4. Run a dark kohl pencil like MAC Feline along the upper and lower lashlines. Add a small fleck on the outer corner for a cat eye effect.

MAC Feline Eye Kohl on upper and lower lashlines

Step 5. Layer Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Creep over the kohl to set and for a more dramatic effect.

Urban Decay Creep Eyeshadow on upper and lower lashlines

Step 6. Coat upper and lower lashes with Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Black.

Step 7. Apply Jealousness U.S.A. Diamond Beauty Lashes in JS-506 Scheming Beauty.

Wearing Jealousness U.S.A. Diamond Beauty Lashes in Beauty JS-506


Metallic Eye Makeup Tutorial

Extra Tips

* To really make your metallic eye pop, dampen your brush with water or MAC Water-based Mixing Medium before you apply the shadow.

* Got warm undertones? Stick with bronzes, golds and coppers. On the pink side? Light blue, silver mauve or silver are your best bet.

* If you have single or hooded eyelids, avoid using metallics on the crease and remember to add in lots of black eyeliner and mascara.

* Always pair your metallic eyes with clean skin and neutral lips for a modern look.

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  • Reply Constanze May 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Great tutorial and beautiful look! β™₯ I like bronze and golden e/s and the EstΓ©e Lauder Mascara. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Helz Nguyen May 8, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Really pretty look as always! By the way do you have a tutorial how to do wing your eyeline? Im pretty terrible at it and I think the shape of my eyes, makes it harder for me to do a cat wing.. since my lids tend to go downward more then up, if you get what Im saying πŸ˜€

    • Reply Phyllis May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Helz,

      If your eyes are droopy, start flecking the line upward in the middle of the lid instead of the outer corner. This can help create the illusion of a lift. I will do a tutorial on this shortly πŸ™‚

      p.s. Can’t believe you already got your hands on the Hey Sailor collection – so luckyyyyyyyy!

  • Reply stephanie May 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

    this is gorgeous! i love how you added the blue contacts aswell =)

    • Reply Phyllis May 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ Bronze is my favorite color to make blue eyes pop.

  • Reply Viona May 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I love this look, but i don’t think it will look the same on my eyes…what undereye concealer & foundation u have on this? btw I emailed you ;]

    • Reply Phyllis May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Just wrote you back!

    • Reply Phyllis May 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Oh and I’m wearing Make Up For Ever HD Foundation with Bobbi Brown Corrector + Concealer.

  • Reply Farida May 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful!! This is screaming my name. I love colours like these.

  • Reply EmmyJean May 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    So pretty!

  • Reply J May 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I love your step by step tutorials!
    I don’t know whether you’ve answered this before but how do you get such a great V-Shape with your shadow?

    • Reply Phyllis May 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Using a pencil brush really helps but if you want to use a fluffy brush like I did above, focus on just the tip of the brush.

  • Reply Trina J May 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Phyllis, love that shade of gold. Your colors are blended beautifully. Work it!!!

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Karina February 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Hi Phyllis,
    I really like your contact lenses in this picture!
    Where did you get them?
    I really want the ones that you have! I think they look amazing!
    What color are they and what type are they?
    -Karina S.

  • Reply Michelle April 8, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I love the extra tip section, I have a cool undertone of pink and you answered what colors to go to. I never tried silver, but will now.

  • Reply Carrie N May 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I love this look as well. Actually all of your tutorials r beautiful! I’ve been looking at them for awhile now and didn’t realize they were all by you. I was wondering-do u have a you tube channel? I could really use some tutorials on application techniques and placement as well as blending. I know there are a lot of them out there, however when u find someone that applies exactly like you would like its nice to see them in action. (If that makes sense)

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