The Fall 2016 Couture runways were awash with sumptuous fashion and over the top opulence. But also plenty of metallic touches were snuck in there were, highlighting a new make-up trend.
J. Mendel’s and Schiaparelli’s futuristic gold pleated floor sweeping dresses whetted our metallic appetite, which was then strengthened by Pierre Cardin’s silver sequin number and Jean Paul Gaultier’s space age gun metal-coloured basque.
The trend was also seen on the Spring/ Summer 16 catwalks, with MAC’s director of artistry Terry Barber telling Cover Media: “There was a lot of silver, and also a lot of silver in the fabric. Almost pretty biker, putting chrome silver through a smoky eye and giving it a gorgeous biker Bardot feel.”
To take the trend from the runway to your make-up bag is easy; you just need to decide how much or how little you want to do with it.
For those only after a subtle metal finish, opt for a slick of silvery grey liquid eyeliner in place of your usual black offering. Alternatively stick with black, but line your lower lashes with a pencil version for a delicate pop of colour. Earlier this year singer Charli XCX brought out a range of liners with Make Up For Ever, with plenty of metallic hues to choose from in the 20-shade offering. Adding silver to the inner corner of your eyes is also an effective technique, and will make eyes seem bigger. Go for matching nail colour for added impact.
Not to get all noughties on you, but wearing metallic eye shadow is totally OK again. Opt for darker shades like bronze and taupe for an updated version of the teenage classic. Sleek MakeUP has a whole range of eyeshadow palettes that fit the bill, including All Night Long which is chock full of golds and bronzes. Or MAC’s new Good Luck Trolls themed range is fun and full of metallics - the Black Tied eyeshadow is perfect for a smoky eye with added silver sparkle and the white Silly Vanilly a bold choice for the inner corners.
And don’t forget to add some shine to your lips too. A full on gold pout may be too much for most, but a hint of metallic isn’t as daunting. Try out Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Magnetic Fields Lip Tar in Indrid, an opalescent grey with pink pigments to nail the trend.
Your hair can also get a metallic makeover too with popstar Pixie Lott’s Paint coloured hair sprays. Grab the Metallic Silver Glitter or Metallic Gold Glitter versions, spraying the tips of your hair for a new take on balayage.