Makeup Monday, The Necessary Neutrals: Shimmery Silver
Silver can be a bit tricky to wear, because if you just slap on one bright shade and call it good, you can end up looking like you’re wearing fishing lures on your eyes. Not exactly the look most of us are going for, I’d imagine!
The key to wearing silver shadow well is to layer a brighter silver with a deeper, more muted pewter to give contour and nuance to your look. It’s not as complicated as you might think!
Follow along with my tutorial and you’ll get a subtly shimmery silver look that can be tailored for daytime or evening.
You will need:
- Matte White Base
- Deep Silver Eyeshadow
- Slate Blue Eyeshadow
- Matte Black Eyeliner
- Small All-Over Brush
- Pointed Sculptor Brush
- Smudger Brush (coming soon!)
- Eyeliner Brush
Let’s get started!
Grab your Small All-Over Brush and Matte White Base; stamp the shadow up underneath your brows and just down to your crease area to highlight your brow bone. I prefer using our Matte White Base over the more shimmery white shadows we carry because I think the matte (non-shimmery) finish balances out the glitzy silver we’re about to use.
Now, after wiping your Small All-Over Brush on a clean, dry cloth, dip it into Deep Silver and stamp it all over your lid, from the crease to the lashes.
Next, define your crease and add depth by swirling Slate Blue into your crease with the Pointed Sculptor Brush, starting at your outer corner and working inward, getting lighter as you go. Mirror this progression on your lower lid by using the Smudger Brush with Matte White on the inner corner, Deep Silver in the center, and Slate Blue on the outer corner of your lower lash line.
Finish the look off with Matte Black Eyeliner (dry for a smoky look, liquid for a sharp, dramatic look) and a few coats of your favorite mascara.
To balance the cool tones of this silver eye look, choose a warm-toned blush such as Cherry Bloom or Warm Rose. Keep your lips neutral for the most sophisticated vibe.
Have you tried silver eyeshadow? Did you love the look you created or did you find it hard to get it just right? Share your experience in the comments!