Saturday, September 8, 2018

How to Rock Gold

Shimmery gold pigment is a favorite of mine for decorating the eyes. Gold makeup looks good on pretty much every eye color, skin tone and age. From antique gold, to rose gold, modern metallics are here to stay!

Today I created a completely gold makeup look including gilded lips and highlighted cheekbones. 

You can tone this up or down depending on personal preference. 

Let's get started!


Honestly, since I used quite a bit of shimmer and loose pigment for this look, you may want to start with the eyes and apply your foundation after for easier clean up. I am simply in the habit of applying my face base first. Even looking skin is the one thing I always strive for, so I need to have some coverage on my face.

I started off by applying moisturizer with my Christopher Drummond Air Blender Brush.  I am so sad that they don't make these brushes any more because they have been staples in my kit for years. 

For foundation,  I mixed a bit of Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation + Concealer in 00 Light Natural with IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Fair. I dotted the mixture around my face, then spread the product out using an actual paint brush from my local art supply store. I took my Beauty Blender Blotterazzi flat sponge and dampened it with water, squeezing out the excess.  Then I rolled the sponge around my index finger and used it to gently pat, press and blend the foundation mixture into my skin, being sure to cover the neck, chest and ears. 

Above: Fenty Match Stix in Linen & Amber 

Before getting my gold on, I really wanted my skin to look lit from within and ethereal. It helps add to the golden aesthetic. 

To achieve this, I used Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Amber & Linen to contour & highlight. Adding dimension to the face with different color creams results in an overall glow that is simply stunning.  These cream sticks are a makeup artist's dream come true because they never seem to dry out. I find it is best with most cream products to warm them up on the back of the hand before applying to the face. This helps the product meld more effortlessly into the skin. 

I used a liquid blush and luminizer along my cheekbones to keep my skin looking dewy and hydrated. 


Brows frame the eyes, and for this look a full brow helps keep things in balance. I brushed my brows up with a spoolie, then focused on the arch of the brow using a colored pommade and my Kelley Quan Wave Brush. To fill in the gaps, I used a slightly fuller angled brush to apply just a touch of brow powder. 

To help your makeup last longer, layering products is key. I started with a gold gel cream liner hybrid from Physicians Formula. Pat and blend a light layer of color from lash line to just above the crease using a dense precision brush. Use a fluffy brush to blend out the edges.

ColourPop's Yes, Please palette is popular for a reason. The warm tones look flawless on just about everyone. On a flat broad eyeshadow brush, I picked up the light shimmery gold from this palette, patting and sweeping the color onto my eyelids. To darken the outer corner of my eye and add depth to the crease, I used a stiff dome shaped brush to sweep on Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow in Honey. As you can see from the above pictures, Honey is a darker, more yellow gold than the ColourPop shadow. I also brushed Honey along my lower lash line. 

For even more of that golden goddess effect, I applied OCC Loose Colour in Cruising to the inner corner of my eye and mobile lid. I used my lip brush from Sugarpill sprayed with a setting spray to apply it. This technique (called foiling) allows the pigment to be painted on like liquid metal. The size and shape of this brush is perfect for foiling, priming the lids or applying concealer for a cut crease. 

On my lower waterline,  I applied Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Eldorado (gold), smudging it into the lower lashes.

To complete the eyes, I used Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Weirdo (black) as an eyeliner along the top lash line. These are eye safe, and when applied with a small, flat brush, they work surprisingly well as liquid eyeliner. I applied mascara & falsies for voluminous lashes.



A gold makeup look would not be complete without highlighter.  I used a light gold one from Sleek along the top of my cheekbones blending it over Milani Corallina Baked Powder Blush (coral with gold flecks). 

I even chose a bronzer with some golden shimmery specks in it to warm up the face. 


To make sure my pout was perfect, I prepped my lips with a lip primer and clear lip liner from Too Faced. I chose a beautiful metallic lipstick from Milani appropriately called D'Oro (gold). 

For gloss, I used a mixture of Armour Beauty in Stardust & Marilyn.  Both glosses are clear with gold flecks, but one has a bit more iridescence.

Finished Look:

I used a light shimmery highlighting pencil from Milani to add just a touch more sheen to the inner corner of the eye and just under my brow.

After cleaning up any eyeshadow fallout,  I touched up my concealer before setting it with just a tiny touch of powder. 

Despite all of the shimmer, this look is totally wearable. I especially love rocking gold makeup at the end of summer. The key to making the look last is applying multiple thin layers. I like to use a mixture of textures to keep it interesting. 

Gold looks especially beautiful when the skin is warmed up with a bit of bronzer. Gold makeup can work for everyone. Play around with different tones, textures and placement until you find your favorite way to Rock Gold. 


As always, THANK YOU for reading. I hope that you learned something new. Please feel free to chat with me on Twitter @MakeupMatters1 

Note: The makeup products in this post were purchased by me or gifted to me. Some of the brushes in this post may have been sent for consideration by the company. However I do not write sponsored content. I do not get paid to write reviews or accept money from any brands. All opinions are my own.  

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