Grazia Beauty School: How Do I Work Metallic Eyes And Lips At The Same Time?

Party season calls for a make-up switch-up. Pair grown-up glitter lips with shimmery bronze eyes for a killer look…

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by Arianna Chatzidakis |
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What started on the runways about four years ago is now a mainstay of our make-up bags. Yes, glitter has had a grown up shake-up and it works wonders for everyone willing to give it a whirl. Why? Well, it’s the make-up equivalent of a sequin dress – you can’t not have a good time swathed in sparkle.

‘Glitter eyes have been my party-ready go-to for the past few years,’ says Grazia's Beauty Director Joely Walker, ‘so this time around I’m taking things up a notch and adding some shimmer on my lips, too.’ But how to tackle both simultaneously? ‘Choose complimentary tones that work in unison rather than shouting against each other,’ advises Joely. ‘You can’t go wrong by investing in a multi-tonal palette with options for experimentation. Because that’s half the fun, right?’

WATCH: A Step-By-Step Video To Metallic Eyes And Lips

Step 1: Base Camp

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First, prep and prime your base. ‘Don’t approach foundation as one block layer,’ says Joely. ‘Instead, apply sparingly from the centre of your face and work outwards. You’ll use less product and achieve a more natural finish. Just don’t forget to blend down the neck for consistency.

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Step 2: Shade Show

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Start with a matte base: ‘I opt for taupey tones, buffing out towards the eye crease with a fluffy blending brush. Next, go in and add your sparkle, saving a lighter tone for the inner corners of your eyes to instantly brighten.’

Start with a matte base. ‘I opt for taupes – I’m using here Drip here – buffing out towards the eye crease with a blending brush. Next, add sparkle using a shade like Hbic, saving a lighter tone for the inner corners of eyes to brighten.’

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Step 3: A Fine Line

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Go for an inky black liner to frame eyes and add impact. ‘I favour liquid formulations for longevity. Hug your lash line as tightly as possible, leaving no space between liner and lashes.’

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Step 4: Lush Lashes

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‘Load lashes from the root, wiggling the brush at the base and working out,’ advises Joely. ‘Two coats will give you the necessary drama!’

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Step 5: Lip Tricks

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An advanced formula means this lipstick has an incredible shimmer finish that stays put all day - and night. ‘Spend extra time on defining your Cupid’s bow with a lip brush,’ recommends Joely. ‘Finally, finish your whole look with a setting spray and you’re good to go and party – for the long haul!’

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