Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Teaches Us the Trick to a Flawless Metallic Eye

Rachel Adler

Rachel Adler metallic makeup

Metallic makeup has made a resounding return to the runway, and thus, the beauty aisles. Spotted at Fall 2015 shows like Carolina Herrera, Pamela Rolland, and Tadashi Shoji, we’re now seeing a rise in shimmering pigments of all shades in some of our favorite brands’ palettes.

But it’s hard to reach for a metallic if you don’t know what to do with it—or if you’re of the faint of heart when it comes to eye makeup. So, I went to the one person I knew who can perfectly balance natural makeup and glam–Beyoncé‘s makeup artist and L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sir John—to get some much-needed answers.

Start Simply
Known for his ability to make Queen Bey look flawless (because, she #wokeuplikethis, duh), Sir John told me that it’s easy for beginners to try their hand at metallic makeup by using a shimmery liner.

“You can be going to the office or the board room and still embrace a copper or gold liner by just using metallic across the lid or the lash line,” he says. Simple and subtle.

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Amp It Up
If you’re ready to take your metallic look to the next level, you can simply build on what you’ve already created and go for a shimmery smokey eye with a bit of copper in the center. Keep in mind that with metallics, “warmer is always better across the board.”

If you find that this isn’t true for you and you don’t love how you look in copper tones, pick up a jewel tone. “They’re the next best thing, but they are so much more forgiving in terms of color variations and collections,” notes Sir John.

Create Dimension
For my eye makeup, Sir John created a “3-dimensional eye” by blending a light bronze shadow on my mobile eyelid, and balanced the look with a darker bronze shadow blended into the outer crease.

He then lined the lower lash line with the same dark bronze shadow, blending that in as well. To finish off the eye, he tapped a gorgeous golden shade (L’Oréal Paris Infallible in in Eternal Sunshine) right onto the center of my eyelid and into the inner corner of my eye to really attract light.

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Clean Up
After layering on mascara to anchor the look, Sir John then applied concealer and a touch of foundation, noting that he always does this step last to ensure that there is no fallout from the eyes leftover. He also gave me one of the best concealer tricks I’ve ever been told (which is saying a lot considering I’ve been doing this for many, many years).

When applying concealer, use a fluffy brush but hold your brush at the very end so it’s loose and flexible in your hand (as if you’re painting). This way, you won’t be able to be heavy-handed with the product, and you’ll only apply what’s needed – so it won’t settle into any lines, and you can lift the shape of the eye you’ve created.

Balance Your Features
And finally, always remember to add a little color to your brows and your lips to balance the weight and shape of your face since your eyes are now the focal point of your look. Sir John used L’Oréal Paris’ Pro-Last Lip Color in Timeless Rose, as well as a touch of highlighter on my cheekbones and down the bridge of my nose – because if you’re going for shimmer, you may as well go all out.