Molten metallics receive a runway-ready makeover this season.

It’s official: the festive season is upon us. The time of the year where a little sparkle is inevitable, and endless festivities command us to upgrade our beauty looks. But this year the glitz and glamour arrives with a high-fashion flourish, which is certainly more catwalk than Christmas. So this December, forget the novelty products and glittery mis-haps and follow our guide to nailing a season-appropriate make-up look with designer attitude.

On the AW14 catwalks, metallic make-up arrived in myriad ways. From frosty whites to fiery bronzes, subtle sheens to all-out glamour – metallic elements formed the focal point to countless beauty looks.

Donna Karan AW14

For an easy way into this trend, look to Donna Karan, where a cool, steely grey was swiped over the lids and blended into the crease. At home, try Makeup Revolution’s Awesome Metals Foil Finish in Pure Platinum – a kind of amped-up wet shadow which is transformed into an incredible metal finish once mixed with its accompanying liquid primer. This steely hue is particularly striking on paler complexions – but for those with a warmer glow, the Rose Gold shade is perfect.

Altuzarra AW14

At Altuzarra we found a shift from the traditional metallic hues in favour of something a little more unusual. Here, flashes of rainbow-hued glitter were slicked across the eyelids. To re-create this look, keep it contemporary with sleek hair and a bare, matte complexion – no one likes an ’80s throwback. We love Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal liners – a glitter-in-gel formula which is perfect for that subtle swipe of sparkle.

Rodarte AW14

And finally, for those looking to throw themselves full-throttle into the shimmer and sparkle, look no further than Rodarte, who turned the metallic trend on its head, creating a beauty look which was part 90’s rebellion and part new-gen glamour. The look centered around a stunning taupe brown lip with flecks of pinky rose-gold glitter, and Lipstick Queen’s brilliantly unique Let Them Eat Cake lipstick is a perfect dupe for recreating the look in one easy swipe. On the catwalk, the lip was balanced with a deep mauve eye, blended up to the brow bone, but we recommend taking this down a notch, opting for a subtle cream shadow in a neutral hue – Illamasqua’s Vintage Metallix is ideal.

 Words: Roberta Lister

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