When we think red carpet makeup, the looks we tend to envision are always glamorous and largely over the top — the kind of intricate eye or surgeon-precise lip that only a celebrity makeup artist would count as easy. But the at last major awards shows, the Emmys, A-listers from Taraji P. Henson to Sarah Hyland were using a mind-blowingly simple product to make their eyes pop: silver eye shadow. The lazy girls in us couldn’t help but get excited, because thanks to the inspo from these leading ladies, it’ll only take *you* two steps to get a dreamy metallic eye you can wear toned down for day or turned up for night. Scroll through to learn how to DIY this simple but so-gorg look.
Prep: Flawless Face + Orchid Lip
Follow this tutorial to get your base makeup on. If you’re going for a night out or event-worthy look, go slightly heavier with your bronzer and opt for a shimmering pink blush to complement your eyes.
Step 1: Highlight
Using an eyeshadow brush, apply a shimmering cream or off-white shadow to your brow bones and the inside corners of your eyes, blending slightly onto your eyelids. I am using Virgin from the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54).
Step 2: Pop of Silver Shimmer
Now to drive this look home, hit the inside corners of your eyes with a bright shimmering silver eyeshadow like Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Static Age ($21). This will give you a fancy polished finish that looks more complex than it is.
Finishing Touches: Eyeliner + Mascara
Seal the deal with black eyeliner on your upper lash line and apply a couple coats of your favorite mascara.
Such a pretty pop! And you’re good to go for the night, just like that.
What’s your go-to going-out beauty hack? Tell us your favorite way to wear metallic makeup in the comments below.