Liquid Metallic Eyes: Yes, You Can Wear Them in Real Life

Updated 12/05/18
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We all have a go-to eye look for going out—usually consisting of liquid liner and a combination of all of the metallic brown shadows in a palette. This season, however, we're saying a temporary goodbye to smoky eyes and embracing the molten goodness of a liquid metallic eye.

The Arthur Arbesser and Delpozo autumn/winter 2018 shows highlighted the trend, but getting a dripping penny look is actually way quicker and easier than you might think.

With a range of easy-to-use, one-swipe liquid eye shadows on the market, you can make this your signature party look without the need for a full makeup kit. Ready to be persuaded? Here are the products you need to re-create the liquid metallic eye trend.

The Tools

MAC Cosmetics Mixing Medium Eyeliner
MAC Cosmetics Mixing Medium Eyeliner $15
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To get the most out of your glitter and to reduce fallout, use some mixing medium to ensure your shadow adheres to your lids. The vitamin-enriched formula will also tackle any glitter-related dryness too.

Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base
Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base $26
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The beauty of this trend is in the intensity of the pigment, so start with an even base. You'll need an eye-shadow primer that will keep your metallic eyes firmly in place without fear of your shadow falling out before your taxi home.

The Eye Shadows

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma
Stila Cosmetics Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma $24
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This trend doesn't allow for any wishy-washy pigment, and you can rest assured that this won't be the case with this copper and champagne shade. The formula is easy to swipe on and dries down to a shimmer that still has the signature wet look that you need. 

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow in Blaze
Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow in Blaze $29
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It'll only take one swatch of this eyeshadow for you to be captivated by the insane glitter payoff. The cream to powder finish is great for replicating this trend, and you can use a wet brush to apply for more fluidity.

Lime Crime Diamond Dew in Chocolate Diamond
Lime Crime Diamond Dew in Chocolate Diamond $20
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This long-lasting dream of an eye shadow can be as dramatic as you choose. For this trend, layer it on to make the most of the light-filled particles. You can also go for a subtle effect too.

Lemonhead.L.A. Spacepaste in Dirty Penny
Lemonhead.L.A. Spacepaste in Dirty Penny $22
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Dirty Penny is the exact vibe we're going for here, and this thick paste makes glitter application mess-free and smudge-proof. The addition of essential oils in the formula makes it nourishing for your lids too.

Nyx Glitter Goals Liquid Eye Shadow in Industrial Beam
Nyx Glitter Goals Liquid Eye Shadow in Industrial Beam $8
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This is as simple as it gets. So simple, in fact, that you can apply it to your lids in a tiny pocket mirror at your desk. When you do, you'll be greeted with a dose of illuminating color. Glitter goals indeed.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Bette
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette $32
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A plump and impossibly soft to touch cream shadow that will give an even sexier take on this metallic look. For daytime, you can simply swipe it on with your finger then amp it up for nighttime by using a wet brush.

Be warned: Once you witness the ease of applying a liquid metallic eye, you might not want to go back to your other shadows.

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