Great Beauty: Metallic Eyes

The eyes have it! From a subtle shimmery sheen to full-on glitter, metallic eyeshadow instantly sexifies your look. Pro tip: When you're rocking shades like gold, silver, copper or bronze, make sure you keep the rest of palette neutral to spotlight your gorgeous eyes. Here, our favorite sparkly-eyed stars.
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 30, 2011

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Pro tip: When you’re rocking shades like gold, silver, copper or bronze, keep the rest of palette neutral (a’la Kelly Rowland) to spotlight your gorgeous eyes.

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Mary J. Blige’s coppery eyeshadow is the perfect compliment to her buttery yellow hair hue. Pro tip: always anchor a shimmery shadow with a few layers of black mascara, for definition.

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Tika Sumpter balances her luminous silver shadow with a sweet pink lip.

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Keri Hilson brightens her pretty brown eyes with a shocking pop of metallic blue pencil.

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Sanaa Lathan’s gorgeous gold-flecked shadow does great things for her warm, yellow undertone. Notice the golden sheen in her gloss, too. Go ’head Sanaa!

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Taraji P. Henson’s multicolored metallic shadow brightens up her whole face! Love the spiky lashes, too.

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Ciara slicks back her hair to put her eyes — and her shimmery silver shadow — on display.

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Beyonce already has a mama-to-be glow — but her pearly glitter shadow gives her an extra dose of radiance.

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Tasha Smith is stunning in a tumble of ringlets, flawless skin, and a subtly shimmery pearlescent eyeshadow.

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Pro tip: When you’re rocking shades like gold, silver, copper or bronze, keep the rest of palette neutral (a’la Keri Hilson) to spotlight your gorgeous eyes.

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Actress Tia Mowry adds flair and drama with bold black liner to contrast her golden lids.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith gilds her eyes in gold for a simple, yet sexy, look.

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“Glee’s” Amber Riley layers gold and silver for a super-shimmery look.

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“Vampire Diaries” actress Katerina Graham highlights her inner eyes with copper tones.

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Actress Nia Long sports sheer bronze-y shades on her lids and browbones.

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Niecey Nash complements her gilded lids with a deep, gold-toned lip gloss.

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Selita Ebanks mixes her metals (gold & silver) for a mulit-dimensional effect.