We can sense the extensive influence of the ’90s touching everything in between clothing and make-up this season. Making it all about the eyes, the return of the metallic eye shadow easily marks one of the most exciting make-up trends for fall 2013. Shimmery plums, turquoise and crimson should live on your lids when getting ready for an autumn night out. If anything, the bold metallics give us an excuse to channel full creativity in this season’s beauty looks. The trick to keep the looks wearable is to never take the inspiration too far.
Read on after the break to find out our favorite ways to wear the trend this fall, plus more tips and tricks on how to rock the metallic eye shadows with dashing attitude. If you’d like to keep up with the latest trends you can also subscribe to our newsletter or like us on Facebook.
Metallic eye shadow for fall 2013
Like with every other bold make-up trend, there’s a high risk for things to take a wrong turn at any given point. In order to keep the level of sophistication high, this season suggests picking one way to highlight the eyes, whether we’re talking shadow or eyeliner, but not both. If doing both is a must for you, you can always opt for a more natural definition by using a thin eyeliner in a brown shade.
Metallic eye shadows at Vionnet F/W ’13
It’s only natural to think of bronze, silver and gold whenever metallic comes to mind, but don’t limit yourself at these three options when there are so many other gorgeous shades to try out. To make sure you’ll stand out this fall, choose a color palette made out of rich jewel tones, including intense plum, sexy emerald and vivid turquoise. If balancing your beauty look is what worries you, keep the focus on the eyes by pairing the metallic shadows with a neutral lip. To turn your beauty look into a bold statement instead, work the fearless red lips in the combination, but choose a subtle enough metallic shade for the eyes.
Metallic eye shadows at Mila Schon F/W ’13 and Alice & Olivia F/W ’13
The greatest thing about the metallic eye shadow is without a doubt the fact that it can take your look from subtle to daring and spectacular by the way of a quick change in products and application technique. While they are mostly intended for night, metallics can also work for daytime if kept sexy and simple. A shimmery copper or gold shade, a layer of black mascara and a glossy lip will keep you in safe territory.
Subtle gold shimmer eye shadow at Emanuel Ungaro F/W ’13
As a timeless beauty staple meant for a fabulous night out, the smoky eyes never cease to lure and amaze. This season, they take a metallic turn for an even more dramatic result. From blue, to plum and from gray to black, the eyes get veiled in intensity for fall 2013. Finish the look with plenty of mascara, tawny blush and lip balm. For a warmer take on the classic smoky eyes, mix hues of bronze and brown.
Metallic eye shadow at Gucci F/W ’13
A gold dust finish layered on top of a bold metallic navy base, imprinted the lids with a fairytale kind of allure at Thakoon fall /winter 2013. The gold pigment and the midnight blue shadow can be brought together in many equally stunning combinations, in looks that beg for fantastic party scenarios.
Gold metallic accents at Thakoon F/W ‘
Abstract gives way to another technique that allows you to incorporate the shimmery metallics in your looks, in ways that are less expected. Two or three graphic lines in radiant copper placed on the top and bottom lids, translate to modern highlights of the eyes. Seal the deal with rich plum lips.
Graphic metallic lines at Antonio Marras F/W ’13
Key products for fall 2013
When it comes to relevant make-up products, we can’t really complain as there always seem to be plenty of options beautifully aligned at the debut of each new season. However, opting for well-established and designer brands will most likely assure a higher quality in your products. Which can only turn the experimenting with fall’s major beauty trends into a total blast.
Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Instant Intense eyeshadow trios add even more metallic shades to the fall game. From Arctic Zinc to Beach Metals and from Steel Lilacs to Sterling Plums, choose from beautiful light and dark plumy shades, blue and green tones.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that for fall, Dior’s idea of beauty revolves around glimmering metallic colors on the eyes. The mystic metallics include eight gorgeous shades that are silkier than a powder. Pick them in deep gray, blue, purple or bronze to add multidimensional contrast to your eyes.
At Tom Ford, striking metallics come together to form the Ombre Eye Color Trio Palettes. The Pink is made out of pink rose, pink champagne, and ballet slipper pink, as opposed to the darker She Wolf palette based upon deep brown, light charcoal and silver lead.
At Chanel, creating a sensual look for fall is made easy with the label’s ultra fine powder eyeshadows. Gri-gri, a limited edition metallic taupe and Hasard, a delicate matte lavender shade, are complemented by Les 4 Ombres Quadra Mystere palette which features stunning golden khaki, golden ivory, silver taupe and matte khaki tones.
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Mystere palette.
For a smooth and effortless fall look, Bobbi Brown‘s new eyeshadow collection includes 24 shades available in matte, metallic, sparkle and shimmer formulas. In between Smokey Quartz, Silver Moon, Ballet Pink, Taupe and Baby Peach, every skin tone is thoroughly covered.
Gloss and matte finishes
For as much as some of us will fall head over heels for the new metallic eye shadow trend, there will always be someone out there for whom the metallic accent will simply not work. As it’s not always appropriate and it’s not the easiest trend to pull off, the metallic formulas can easily be replaced by the matte and glossy finishes this fall.
The glossy copper can lead to an equally dazzling result, working as a powerful mix between edginess and glamour. By using a gel shadow on the top lids and a hint of mascara on the lashes, you will create a delicate look that will flawlessly reflect the spirit of fall, while keeping your aspect natural.
Glossy eyeshadow at Etro F/W ’13
Sported in vivid colors and exuding a high sense of drama, the matte eyeshadow can give way to an extended number of interpretations for fall. Best kept as inspiration for a special occasion, the bold blue eye make-up at Topshop Unique is proof that in a season defined by metallic highlights, a matte finish can speak louder when worn right and topped with plenty of attitude.
Blue eyeshadow at Topshop Unique F/W ’13