Metallic Golden Bronze Eye Makeup Tutorial

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


Done!

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.

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, Glamour.com, 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.

16 COMMENTS

  1. 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 :D

    • 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 :)

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

  2. 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 ;]

  3. 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?

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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