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You probably already have a reliable makeup look—one that you’re essentially in a committed relationship with. But, there’s no better time to switch it up than during the summer season when it’s all about beautifully sun-kissed skin. And that perfect complement to your dewy, warm-weather glow? Metallic everything.

We know what you’re thinking: it sounds really bold (and shiny). But, whether it’s a razzle-dazzle wash on the eyes, a metal-flecked glow on the cheeks or subtle sparkle on the lips and tips, nothing imparts a hit of warm radiance or dimension to your look like metallic makeup. 

However, not all metallics are created equal. Just like foundation, it comes down to choosing the right shades for your skin tone. Depending on what the product is, where you place it, and—not the least of your problems—what your colouring is, you can end up you with a shiny, frosty, ice-princess-ish effect. A pearlescent product isn’t the best choice for naturally tan or olive skin.

From stunning silver to radiant rose gold, read on to discover which metallic makeup colour works best for you:


Gilded makeup helps bring out the pretty peach glow on girls with warm undertones. And the darker and deeper the skin, the richer of a gold tone you can use. Try a lighter shade with shimmer during the day, then pile on a true gold cream product for a regal, molten effect at night. Be sure to use tons of black mascara to amp up the drama.

Get the look: Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Eye Shadow in Wonderland and Lancôme Grandiôse Waterproof Mascara.


With its super-warm undertones, coppery cosmetics look best when you have a tan or have naturally golden skin-tones. Use a copper illuminator for a natural-looking glow, or create an updated smoky eye with cream copper shadow.

Get the look: Benefit Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce. 


Light silver makeup pops on extremely deep skin tones with cool undertones. It’s perfect when mixed with a bold cat-eye—or worn alone in a gleaming, ethereal wash across the lids. Pick a shadow that starts out sheer so you can layer it on to get the perfect intensity for every occasion.

Get the look: Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Eye Shadow in Magie Blanche.


Fair and alabaster skin with cool undertones will shine in deep gunmetal and nearly-black shades of silver. Sweep some glittery liner on your lash line for just a hint of sparkle or use a metallic shadow crayon to create a smoky look that’s subtle enough for daytime.

Get the look: Clinique Skinny Stick Liner in Black Silver.


This gorgeous hue is the most universal of all the metallic shades, since it has all the warm qualities of traditional gold, but it’s pinkish tint makes it easy for women with cooler skin tones to wear. Try a sheer wash of it on your lids for everyday wear, or use a rosy illuminator on your cheekbones to create a soft-focus glow that’s akin to a real-life Instagram filter. 

Get the look: Smashbox L.A. Lights Blush & Highlight Palette in Pacific Coast Pink.