Beauty spot: Metallic eyeshadow

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When it comes to eye make-up, glossy lids and bold colours have been all the rage lately.

However, it seems that cool metallics are about to make a comeback, with make-up artist Diane Kendal giving the models shimmery violet and gold eyelids at the recent Lanvin Paris Fashion Week show, and the catwalk stars at Tom Ford's latest New York Fashion Week bash rocking sparkly yellow gold eyeshadow.

Keen to give metallics a whirl? First, be sure to create a canvas for the pigment.

"Dabbing a touch of concealer onto the lids prior to applying your eyeshadow is a great way to ensure maximum colour payoff and will also help to keep the pigment on," delilah creative director and co-founder, Rupert Kingston, explained. "Oily lids are the reason that eye make-up tends to move around and smudge. So, another trick to keep your look in place is to apply a little loose powder before the eyeshadow, to prevent the make-up slipping. Some people find applying their shadow before their foundation can be a great way of preventing fallout during application too."

Now, to the fun part - applying the eyeshadow!

Start with a light shimmer shade applied to the moving part of the eyelid, then use a matte shadow to shade through the sockets and edges of the lid, blending using a fluffy shadow brush to define the eyes.

"Less is more when it comes to shimmer, so finish with a light dab of sparkle shadow in the middle of the lid. You can always add more if needed!" he advised, going on to recommend the delilah Smooth Shadow Sticks, which offer long-lasting colour and blend effortlessly. "Apply a shimmery, mid-tone shade all over the lid and blend before applying your powder shadow with a brush. This will help to prevent fallout and will keep your look in place for longer."

When it comes to metallics, silver and yellow gold remain favourites, though copper, brass, emerald, sapphire, and burgundy shades are just as effective.

Be sure to also check out Stila's Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Perlina, an opalescent white, PIXI's EyeLift Max in Mocha, a rosy brown colour, or IL MAKIAGE's Baked Eyeshadows in Britney, a cool slate grey.

To complete the look, consider swapping out your go-to black eyeliner for a chocolate brown shade, and if you're feeling particularly daring, then try running the liner along the inside of the eye, finishing with lashings of black mascara.

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