5 Party-Ready Ways to Wear Metallic Makeup

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Molten metallic makeup is one of the hottest trends out there—and it's uber-flattering on everyone. What better place to road-test some head-turning looks than the holiday-party circuit this season? Makeup artist Liset Garza (opens in new tab) shows you five flashy ways to shine.

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Strike Gold

Layering is the key to creating 24-karat intensity with serious staying power, explains Garza. For an extreme gleam, top Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Pure Gold (opens in new tab) with Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow in Gold School (opens in new tab). Use that same eyeshadow shade and an angled brush to craft a glittery cat-eye and set the look with Maybelline Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Liner in Solar Gold (opens in new tab).

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Red Hot

Dazzling crimson lips are designed for nights on the town. Garza suggests priming lips with concealer before slicking on Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Hot Lava (opens in new tab) to really make red pop. For a glittery twist, create a quick flick with Maybelline New York Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Liner in Black Comet (opens in new tab).

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Luminescent Lids

Why limit yourself to one metallic when you can wear all of them at once? Create a scintillating smoky eye with Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (opens in new tab). Start with the lightest shade (a steely champagne) and extend the pigment up to the brows. Then, add gold to the center for a high-watt highlight and copper through the crease and along the lower lash line for depth and dimension. The finishing touch: Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Copper Spark (opens in new tab)—a twinkling alternative to traditional nude.

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Berry Bombshell

Not quite ready for a full-throttle metal mouth? Tiptoe into the trend by mixing a shine-free shade (like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color Loaded Bolds in Midnight Merlot (opens in new tab)) with a brushed-metal bullet such as Maybelline’s Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Copper Rose (opens in new tab). To give a dark, dramatic lip an “unexpected glow,” outline your cupid’s bow using a damp liner brush dipped in gold shadow. Polish the look with a wash of bronze shadow on lids and clear gloss onto the outer corners of your eye to catch the light.

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Blue Steel

The only thing you need to pull off gunmetal lips: “Confidence!” says Garza. Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick in Gunmetal (opens in new tab) is as easy to wear as your go-to jeans. Use a swath of Maybelline Eyestudio Colortattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadow in Silver Strike (opens in new tab) across lids, then glide Maybelline Lasting Studio Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black (opens in new tab) through the crease with a skinny brush. Finish it with a natural blush to warm up cheeks even in the dead of winter.

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Photographer: Andrew Yee; Makeup Artist: Liset Garza; Wardobe Stylist: William Graper; Hair: Jeff Francis; Manicurist: Gina Edwards @ Kate Ryan Inc. using CHANEL Le Vernis; Art Director: Rebecca Kimmons; Beauty Director: Jennifer Tzeses; Producer: Hannah Kluckhohn; Production Assistant: Hannah Miller; Model: Alewya

Wardrobe: Elie Saab Crepe Georgette Velvet Dress, Available in store; Ariel Gordon Birthstone Charm Rings, arielgordonjewelry.com (opens in new tab); Juan Carlos Obando Asymmetric Metallic Stretch Silk-blend Maxi Dress, net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab); Loewe Gold and Palladium-tone Earrings, net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab); By Malene Birger Milda Wrap Maxi dress, net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab); Ariel Gordon Birthstone Charm Rings, arielgordonjewelry.com (opens in new tab); Roger Vivier Evening Box Mille Et Une Nuits, rogervivier.com (opens in new tab); Isabel Marant Clary One-Shoulder Metallic Devoré-Chiffon Mini Dress; net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab); Maya Brenner Square Stacking Ring; mayabrenner.com (opens in new tab); Ariel Gordon Birthstone Charm Rings, arielgordonjewelry.com (opens in new tab); Eddie Borgo Safety Chain Ring in 12k Gold Vermeil, eddieborgo.com (opens in new tab); Loewe Gold and Silver Tone Hoop Earrings, net-a-porter.com (opens in new tab); David Koma Metallic Lace Embroidered Crop Top, davidkoma.com.uk (opens in new tab); FRAME High Waisted D-Ring Pant in Navy, frame-store.com (opens in new tab); Justine Clenquet Gaia Gold Earrings, justineclenquet.com (opens in new tab); Justine Clenquet Eddie Hoops, justineclenquet.com (opens in new tab)