Thursday, July 5, 2012

Following trends as a non makeup artist - metallics!

One of my favourite things to do is plonk myself on the couch with a magazine, cup of coffee and flick straight to the beauty pages. I love reading about the different trends and always wonder how can I as a non make up artisty person be able to adapt a trend to make it wearable?

So while flicking through a magazine recently, I came across this look from the Fendi Spring/Summer 2012 collection and was instantly intrigued and inspired.  Golden Eye you say?

Yes, I get the whole metallics trend and I love it, but could you imagine me strolling down to the shops for bread and milk with gold leaf on my eyes?  No, I don't think so.  So how can we take this trend and make it more user-friendly? I rifled through my stash to see what I could come up with without looking like C-3PO or an oscar statue.

Mascara - YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara in Golden Sand (€31). This mascara is part of the YSL summer 2012 collection and is perfect for adding a little hit of gold to your lashes. I like to apply a coat of black mascara first and then add this to the tips.

Eyeshadow - Shimmery eyeshadows can give a really pretty metallic finish and I can bet if you looked in your stash, you'd find one.  I had a root and came up with these four beauties.

Swatch wise from top to bottom we have:
1. Mac pigment in Museum Bronze (this is a mini pigment from a set I got ages ago, I think they're €24.50 full size).
2. Catrice Intensif'Eye Wet & Dry eyeshadow (€3.49).
3. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Epatant (€28).
4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 hr shadow in Eternal Gold (€6.15).

For those who have the Naked Palette there are a few gorgeous shades in there and yesterday I rocked Half Baked from my much loved but totally under used Naked palette.  This gave me a really subtle wash of colour all over my lids and was office friendly.  Look at me, going to work on trend and all!

Metallic liner - Urban Decay 24/7 liners (€15.50) are the business in terms of longevity and pigmentation and I love this shade Baked. A quick slick along your lashline or even along your waterline will brighten up your eyes and add a bit of interest for the craic.  When it Belfast recently, I bought a few of Sleek's Eau La La Liners (€4.79) and this shade Bullion is perfect for our metallic trend!

Nail Polish - Earlier today I showed you the gorgeous Oil Slick from Ciate so if you're afraid of going all metallic on your eyes, you can totally get away with it on your nails. If you want to go a bit silver, try this one from Avon, Starry Sky (€8).

So see? We can do it! We can follow trends and still look like ourselves! Go on ye good things!



  1. Fantastic post!!

    I loooove all things metallic, it satisfies my inner (outer) magpie no end :D

  2. Nicely done Lady K. This is a fantastic piece!

    1. Thanks Cindy, trying my hand at proper features!

  3. Love this. The YSL mascara looks great! Been wanting some metallics lately, particularly love the Chanel colour- Epatent. I'm sure these colours will look well on blue eyes?

    1. The gold and bronze colours would make your blue eyes really stand out, Epatant is one of my faves, lahve it!

  4. Fab post karen,just got my paws on maybellines eternal gold you've just inspired me! Those chanel illusion d'ombre are on my wish list:)

    1. Thanks Laura, hope you enjoy getting stuck into the gold!


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