Beauty Finds

Beauty Test Drive: Does Metallic Makeup Work For Day?

We find a range of pretty new metallic products that flatter morning, afternoon and night

In her new weekly column, beauty contributor Andrea Karr tries the latest products on the market to give you the real deal on what to try and why. Check back every Wednesday for her take on the finds worth adding to your makeup bag.

Left: Chanel Spring 2013, Photo by Anthea Simms; Nicki Minaj, Photo by Keystone Press

From Left: Chanel Spring 2013, Photo by Anthea Simms; Nicki Minaj, Photo by Keystone Press

Does metallic makeup work for day? The answer is: Yes, yes, yes!—but it depends on what you pair it with. Choose a silver shadow, thick eyeliner, false eyelashes, voluminous curls and bubblegum pink lips and you’ll look like you’re Nicki Minaj heading to the club. Stick with one metallic (on nails, eyes or lips), simple hair and luminous skin and you’ve got the look of the season—ladylike enough for afternoon brunch or a stroll through the park with your granny.

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Nars Nail Polish in Disco Inferno has multi-faceted shine depending on the light, $21 at narscosmetics.ca.

This new nail polish from Nars’ spring collection is simply brilliant because it recreates an effect similar to that of Burberry Prorsum’s candy-coloured metallic coats and dresses for the new season. The silver base has a mauve cast in some lights and a lime tint in others, which makes a sometimes edgy hue (gunmetal silver) impeccably feminine.

From Left: Burberry Prorsum and Charlotte Ronson Spring 2013, Photos by Anthea Simms

From Left: Burberry Prorsum and Charlotte Ronson Spring 2013, Photos by Anthea Simms

Metallic-Eyes

Maybelline New York EyeStudio Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow lasts forever and is now available in metallic hues, $9 at mass market retailers.

This product really does last for a whole day, even without applying a primer before the shadow. As of January, Color Tattoo is available in five new shades, our favourites being the soft and shimmery Silver Strike, Gold Rush and Inked In Pink. Try blending a layer of Inked In Pink with a tab of Silver Strike on your lids for a striking multi-dimensional look.

From Left: Christian Dior and Issey Miyake Spring 2013, Photos by Anthea Simms

From Left: Christian Dior and Issey Miyake Spring 2013, Photos by Anthea Simms

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Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner in Precious Silver is a mini liner pencil in icy silver, $7 at sephora.com.

At the ideal price point and in a cool shimmering sterling hue, this petite pencil is great with only a little black mascara. Skip the eyeshadow and apply only to the top lash line for a classic look with a little modern flair.

Check out past “Beauty Test Drive” posts: Are Volumizing Dry Shampoos Overrated? / Do Lipstick Hybrids Work?