This Is the Summer of Chrome Makeup

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The sun’s out, and it’s time to maximize your shine. Thanks to the trending chrome makeup looks dominating our social feeds, we’re seeing more chrome details than ever before. From manicures to eye shadows to to-die-for lip glosses, there’s no end to ways you can add a high-shine finish to your look. And as festival season gets going, we’re expecting the future to be chrome, too!

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The Summer of Chrome Makeup

It’s festival season and that means our makeup is once again dipping into the colorful, the creative and the carefree. So, it’s no surprise to see that chrome makeup is back on our trends to watch list. A sun-catching stand out, chrome resurging in the summer is a no brainer.

“My favorite way to make an eye look pop is with a multichrome shadow,” says makeup artist and founder of Queen Cosmetics, Elimar Depaula. “Chrome eyeshadow is perfect for summertime due to its reflective shine, which catches the light beautifully, creating a bold, eye-catching look.”

An easy way to take a look to the next level, makeup artists love a touch of chrome to bring a new dimension to a look with a simple step.

“My favorite way of adding a fun, unique pop of color is blending matte shadow all across my lid and then pressing on a fun chrome liquid eyeshadow onto the center of my eyelid,” says Miami makeup artist Natalie Dresher. “My favorite one right now to add to a really dark smokey eye is Stila Glisten & Glow—the chrome teal is such a fun unexpected touch to any look.”

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Eye shadows are a key player in any chrome makeup look, and the process is simple. “My favorite way to add a chrome detail is by applying it to the lids with your finger and under the eye to create an easy, effortless, multidimensional look,” explains Depaula.

But the eyes aren’t the only way you can make a chrome makeup look work. Just take a look at Alix Earle’s cotton candy chrome nails or Joey King’s minty chrome mani for some incredible nail inspo. For celebrity nail artist Elle, the chrome finish of King’s nails was the perfect companion to a trendy pastel mint.

“Pastel colors being used for texture are trending right now,” Elle explains. “The chrome gave it a mint green shimmer and combined with the French tip, it mimicked her Sport Max dress, which had a different texture on the top and bottom. This gave it a matchy mint vibe between her nails and her outfit.”

Chrome Makeup Must Haves

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Stila Glisten & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow ($25)

This high-pigment liquid eye shadow is a gorgeous blend of micro-fine glitter particles that create a light-catching multi-dimensional effect. A smooth application is enhanced by a water-infused formula that enables a quick-drying finish with just the right amount of shine.

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Hard Candy Eye-Def Multi-Chrome Eyeliner ($8)

This color-shifting chrome liquid eyeliner is an easy-to-apply, ultra-affordable way to take any look from average to stellar. An ultra-fine tip makes application a breeze and the formula’s longwear power will leave you smudge-proof and flake free for up to 12 hours.

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Makeup by Mario Master Metals Eyeshadow Palette ($50)

Inspired by Earth’s natural metals, this palette delivers high-impact pigment and chromatic shine. With liquid-foil effects that utilize gel-powder technology to deliver silky, weightless color, this formula uses superfine iridescent pearls to nail the chrome makeup look.

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HALF MAGIC Chromaddiction Shimmer Eye Paint + Eyeliner ($25)

The leaders in euphoric chrome makeup and unbeatable shimmer, the makeup brand behind the hit looks on Euphoria simply had to make it on this list. Their transfer- and smudge-proof eye paint and liner delivers an intense payoff in eight shades for an all-over look or a delicate detail.

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Queen Cosmetics Virtual Reality Diamond Shimmer Gloss ($20)

Take your lips from a hint of shine to a full chrome makeup statement with just a few swipes of the Virtual Reality Diamond Shimmer Gloss. This formula looks blue in the tube, but goes on in shades of pink and purple with light-catching particles for a chrome high-shine finish.


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PAT McGRATH LABS Lust: Gloss ($29)

Shade Aliengelic is a prismatic duo chrome gloss with pink pearl that delivers a chrome finish that will have your smile sparkling. This balm-like hydrating lip gloss isn’t sticky and even works to smooth out the look of fine lines.

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r.e.m. Beauty Interstellar Highlighter Topper ($25)

This second-skin highlighter is a smooth glide of chromatic shine that you can add anywhere for a light-catching look. For a more intense glow, spritz your face with your favorite face mist or setting spray and apply the highlighter topper when mist is still wet.

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LONDONTOWN Lakur BRILL-ant ($16)

Combine gorgeous chrome color with critical nail care with the Lakur, strengthening nails and keeping them moisturized while looking fabulous. The chrome makeup look isn’t complete without the best in high-shine manicures, and this metallic rose shade is unbeatable.

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Manicurist Paris Active Shine ($16)

A highlighter for your nails, Active Shine is nail care and super sparkle all in one. The formula’s hydrating antioxidants, AHAs and beetroot extract delivers strength and moisture to your nails, while just two coats give you a natural chrome finish.


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