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Metallic Marvels: How to Shine in This Year's Makeup Trend

In the ever-evolving world of beauty, metallic makeup is shining brighter than ever as one of the most captivating trends of the year. Whether you're a makeup novice or a seasoned beauty guru, there's a radiant realm of possibility awaiting you in the sparkle of metallics. This shimmering trend is not just for the red carpets or runway models; it's remarkably versatile and adaptable, making it perfect for anyone looking to infuse some glam into their everyday look.

As we collectively transition into a post-lockdown reality, people are seizing the opportunity to express themselves, and what better way than through the art of makeup? Metallics offer a range of applications—from a subtle golden highlight that catches the sun to a bold, chrome-like eyeshadow that promises to turn heads. And if you're hesitant about diving all in, there are simpler ways to test the waters, like a metallic nail polish or a hint of shimmer on your lips.

From the elegant fashion houses in Paris to the gritty, rebellious characters on the TV show "Euphoria," metallic makeup is making waves and setting new standards in beauty. Ready to glisten like never before? Read on to discover how you can incorporate this dazzling trend into your beauty routine, no matter your style or comfort level.

The Rise of Chrome and Metallics

If you've been keeping an eye on the pulse of fashion and beauty, you'll have noticed that metallics are no longer just for statement jewelry or chic handbags; they've boldly claimed a spot in the makeup world. With the close of 2022's Paris Fashion Week and the release of the latest season of "Euphoria," the message is loud and clear: metallic makeup is not just a passing fad, but rather a full-blown sensation that shows no signs of waning.

Hollywood and High Fashion

Dior's Fall 2022 runway at Paris Fashion Week was nothing short of a tribute to fierce femininity, featuring models adorned in matte nude eyeshadow bases with striking metallic accents. Peter Phillips, Dior's creative and image director, couldn't have made a bolder statement than with the flash of metallic silver adorning the eyes of the runway models. And Dior wasn't alone. Brands like Vaquera, Bronx, and Banco also gave nods to metallics, lighting up the runway with shades of silver.

Pop Culture Influence

The influence of TV shows can't be understated, and "Euphoria" has certainly done its part to popularize complex, high-shine eye looks. Characters in the series are often seen flaunting metallic eyeshadows that reflect a mirror-like shine, inspiring viewers to recreate these glamorous looks. It's not just a trend; it's a form of self-expression that's resonating deeply with audiences.

Versatility and Inclusivity

What sets metallic makeup apart is its versatility. Whether you're going for a subtle glow or making a bold statement, there's a metallic shade and product for you.

Everyday Glamour

While metallics have been dazzling on high-fashion runways and TV screens, they're equally captivating in everyday settings. Whether it's a touch of metallic eyeliner for a night out or a shimmery highlight for a brunch date, metallic makeup offers a range of options for those looking to elevate their daily look.

The Versatility of Metallics

We all know that the makeup universe is always evolving, unveiling new trends that challenge us to step outside our comfort zones. One such trend that has effortlessly transitioned from the high fashion runways to everyday glam is metallic makeup. This shining star of the makeup world is as versatile as it is stunning. Whether you want a glitzy night-out look or a subtle daytime shimmer, metallics have got you covered.

The All-Inclusive Palette: Skin

For those who love a subtle glow, metallic highlighters like our pressed luminizers are your new best friends. Whether you desire a softer shimmer or an intense metallic finish, a quick swipe on your cheekbones, nose bridge, and cupid's bow will instantly elevate your look.

The Canvas of Creativity: Eyes

The eyes are where metallics can truly shine (pun intended). If you're looking for an everyday application, neutral metallic shades can add depth and interest to your eyes without overwhelming your look. For a more daring approach, vibrant shades and glitters will certainly turn heads.

A Dash of Drama: Lips

Think metallics on lips are too intense? Think again! Metallic lip finishes can add depth and dimension, giving you fuller-looking lips. You can opt for subdued shades for a more traditional look or go bold with brighter colors. The key is to find a shade that complements your overall look and mood.

A Polished Approach: Nails

If you're still testing the metallic waters, a metallic nail polish is the perfect start. With a shade like "All That Glitters is Not Gold" or "Moving Metal" you get a chic finish that complements any outfit and any occasion. It's a non-intimidating way to incorporate metallics into your beauty routine.

Get Inspired: Fashion and Pop Culture

Let's not forget the influence of fashion weeks and popular shows like "Euphoria," which have been pivotal in bringing metallic makeup to the forefront. Whether it's Dior's vision of fierce femininity or the complex eye looks from "Euphoria," these platforms serve as great inspiration for your metallic makeup journey.

Nailing the Metallic Look: Tips for Your Nails

When it comes to dipping your toes (or, more accurately, your fingers) into the world of metallics, nails are an excellent starting point. The beauty of metallic nails is that they work for every occasion, adding a touch of glamour to your everyday look or serving as the finishing touch for a special event. Here’s how you can master the metallic look on your nails, courtesy of Colorlab's versatile range.

Choose the Right Shade

Picking the perfect shade can be overwhelming, but the key is to consider your skin tone and the types of outfits you frequently wear. Opt for a metallic hue that complements both. Colorlab offers a range of metallic nail polish shades suitable for all skin tones, ensuring you'll find your perfect match.

Prep Your Nails

Before you start, make sure your nails are clean, shaped, and buffed. A well-prepared canvas ensures that your metallic nail polish will adhere better and last longer. Colorlab's nail prep solutions can help you achieve salon-like results right at home.

Layering is Key

Start with a base coat to protect your nails and enhance the polish's longevity. Once it’s dry, apply your chosen metallic shade from Colorlab. A second coat can intensify the color and metallic finish. Finish off with a top coat to seal in the shine and prevent chipping.

Experiment with Nail Art

Feeling creative? Metallics make an excellent choice for nail art designs. Use contrasting shades from Colorlab’s collection to create stripes, dots, or even intricate patterns. You could also use metallics for the tips in a French manicure for a modern twist.


To keep your metallic nails looking fresh, try to avoid activities that are especially hard on your hands like dishwashing or gardening without gloves. If you notice any chips, use Colorlab's top coat to seal them until you can do a full touch-up.

Get That Glow: Metallics for Your Skin

Radiant, glowing skin never goes out of style, and adding a touch of metallic sheen can elevate your look to new shimmering heights. Here's how you can achieve that coveted metallic glow using Colorlab's line of skin-focused products.

Start with a Good Base

Healthy, well-moisturized skin is the best base for any makeup application, especially when you’re aiming for a metallic finish. Apply a light layer of Colorlab's hydrating primer to prep your skin. This will give your metallic products something to adhere to and ensure longevity.

Choose the Right Highlighter

The key to achieving that perfect metallic glow is choosing the right highlighter shade. Colorlab offers a wide variety of shades, suitable for every skin tone. Whether you're aiming for a golden radiance or a rosy shimmer, you're covered.

Placement is Everything

When applying your metallic highlighter, focus on the high points of your face where the light naturally hits—like your cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose. For added dimension, you can also apply a bit to the cupid’s bow above your lip.

Layer Wisely

Metallics can be bold, but they can also be subtle. For a low-key daytime look, a single swipe of Colorlab's metallic highlighter will suffice. When the sun goes down and you're looking to amp things up, feel free to layer for a more intense glow.

Blend, Blend, Blend

The secret to any great makeup look is blending. Use a makeup sponge or a dedicated highlighter brush to blend the product into your skin. Colorlab's makeup tools are designed for this very purpose, ensuring a seamless application.

Go Beyond the Face

Don't limit your metallic glow to just your face. A bit of highlighter on your collarbones or shoulders can add a touch of glamour to your evening look.

Lock It In

Once you’re happy with your look, set everything in place with Colorlab’s setting spray. It will keep your metallic glow intact, allowing you to shine throughout the day or night.

Eye-Catching Elegance: Metallics for Your Eyes

When it comes to making a statement with your makeup, your eyes are often the first thing people notice. Incorporating metallics into your eye makeup can transform your look from simple to show-stopping. Here's how to create eye-catching elegance using Colorlab's range of metallic eye products.

Prepare Your Canvas

To make the most of your metallics, start with a smooth, even base. Use Colorlab's eye primer to ensure your shadows adhere well and last all day long. This will also help to intensify the colors and metallic sheen of the eyeshadows.

Select Your Shades

Colorlab offers a rich palette of metallic eye shadows suitable for all occasions. Whether you want to go bold with jewel tones or keep it subdued with earthy hues, you'll find something that aligns with your vision.

Technique Matters

For a soft, diffused look, use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to sweep the metallic shadow across your lids. For a more intense, foiled effect, apply the shadow with a damp, flat brush. This technique enhances the metallic sheen, making your eyes truly pop.

Play with Shapes and Lines

Metallics lend themselves well to experimentation. Consider using Colorlab's metallic eyeliner for a more defined look, or even for some graphic eye art. Whether you opt for a classic cat-eye or something more avant-garde, metallics can add that extra edge.

Accentuate Your Inner Corner

A tiny dab of a lighter metallic shade in the inner corners of your eyes can instantly brighten your entire look. This simple touch can make your eyes appear larger and more awake.

Don't Forget Your Lower Lash Line

For a cohesive look, lightly sweep some metallic shadow along your lower lash line. This creates balance and brings the look together.

Seal the Deal

To lock in your eye-catching masterpiece, finish off with a couple of coats of Colorlab's long-lasting mascara. This will add volume and length to your lashes, perfectly complementing your metallic eye look.

Luscious Lips: The Metallic Pout

If you're looking to elevate your lip game, look no further than metallic lip products from Colorlab. A metallic finish can provide a luxe, multidimensional sheen that catches the light and adds fullness and drama to your pout. Here's how to achieve luscious, metallic lips that are sure to turn heads.

Start with a Clean Base

Just like with any lip application, you'll want to begin with clean, well-moisturized lips. Use Colorlab's lip exfoliator to remove any flakiness and apply a hydrating balm to keep your lips smooth.

Choose Your Shade

Metallic lip products come in a range of shades, from subtle nudes to vibrant reds and even bold purples. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and fits the occasion.

Outline for Precision

Before applying your metallic lip color, outline your lips with a lip liner that matches your chosen shade. This not only gives your lips a more defined shape but also helps prevent the color from feathering.

Apply the Color

Use a lip brush for more precise application, and coat your lips evenly with your selected Colorlab metallic lip product. Whether you choose a metallic lipstick or a gloss, the color will glide smoothly, providing rich pigment with a radiant finish.

Add Some Ombre

For a more sophisticated look, consider creating an ombre effect by applying a slightly darker or lighter metallic shade at the center of your lips. Blend it outwards into your base color for a gradient that adds depth and dimension.

Lock it in

Ensure your luscious lips last all day or night by setting them with Colorlab's lip setting spray. A quick spritz will seal in the color, ensuring your metallic pout stays put.

Optional: Top it Off with Gloss

For an extra layer of shine and volume, consider topping off your metallic lips with a clear or matching glossy topcoat. This will take your luscious, metallic pout to the next level.

Additional Techniques and Tips

While the aforementioned methods offer a great starting point for diving into the world of metallic makeup, there are also some additional techniques and tips that can help you master this glamorous look. Here are some pro tips to get you glowing, sparkling, and turning heads with Colorlab's range of metallic products:

Layering is Your Friend

For an even more dazzling effect, consider layering different types of metallic products. For example, apply a base layer of metallic lipstick and then layer a metallic gloss on top for a richer, more dynamic sheen.

Use Primer for Longevity

Whether it's your eyelids, lips, or face, always start your makeup routine with a good primer. Colorlab offers a range of primers that can help prepare your skin for metallic makeup, ensuring that it adheres better and lasts longer.

Play with Textures

Metallics come in various forms, including powders, creams, and liquids. Don't be afraid to mix and match different textures for a unique, multi-faceted look.

Mix Metallics with Mattes

While a full-metallic look is absolutely striking, mixing metallics with mattes can add a sophisticated touch. For instance, a matte eyeshadow in the crease with a metallic shade on the lid creates depth and draws attention to your eyes.

Experiment with Highlighting

Use a metallic highlighter to bring attention to high points on your face like your cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose. This adds a subtle glow that complements your other metallic features.

Keep it Balanced

While metallics are fun and attention-grabbing, you don’t want to overdo it. If you're going for bold metallic eyes, consider a more subdued lip, and vice versa.

Don’t Forget the Setting Spray

After you’ve completed your dazzling metallic look, make sure to set everything with a setting spray. Not only does this add longevity to your makeup, but many setting sprays also offer a luminous finish that complements metallic features.


Metallic makeup is more than just a trend; it's a versatile way to elevate your everyday look or make a stunning statement for a special occasion. Whether it's a subtle metallic sheen on your nails or a full-blown chrome extravaganza on your eyes and lips, there's a metallic look for everyone.

With Colorlab's extensive range of metallic beauty products, you have everything you need to shine like the star you are. Our high-quality formulations ensure not only dazzling pigmentation but also long-lasting wear, giving you the freedom to shine from morning till night.

The world is slowly opening up again, and as we step back into normalcy, why not do it with a little extra sparkle? After all, life is too short for boring makeup. So go ahead, explore the realm of metallics, and don't just follow the trend—set it!

Thank you for joining us on this radiant journey through the world of metallic makeup. We can't wait to see how you make this trend your own with Colorlab products.

Happy glowing!

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