Metallic makeup isn’t just for the holidays. The heavy metal trend can make a chic and elegant statement year round, and the Oscars red carpet is proof.
If you’re looking to incorporate the striking effect in your makeup routine, start by amping up your traditional smoky eye. Swap your basic grays and define your lids with a smoldering silver shadow like beauty risk taker Lupita Nyong’o, who wore
Lancôme's Color Design Shadow & Liner Palette in Gris Fumee ($50; nordstrom.com). Or for something a bit less bold, take a cue from Zoe Saldana (wearing L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, $20; available in April) and Kerry Washington and pair your metallic hues with lush lashes and barely-there lips.
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As for Best Actress nominee Felicity Jones, makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani concentrated on the outer corners of her eyes to achieve a subtle yet sexy look. After dusting her lids with Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Nude ($30; nordstrom.com), she then lined the star’s eyes with the brand’s Diorshow Khol Stick ($32; sephora.com). “To complement the beautiful dove grey of the dress I chose Diorshow Fusion Mono in Hypnotique (a purple/violet shade, $31; sephora.com),” Bedrani tells InStyle. "I went over the black line with it to blend the edges of the pencil and blended it outward, leaving the center of her eye nude.” Two layers of volumizing mascara provided a finishing touch.