Its a golden day when you can break out a gold shadow or polish and not look like you’re about to hit the dance floor. Gold isn’t as hard to wear as you may imagine, and because there are so many golds; rose gold, honey gold, white gold, there is one for everyone.
It doesn’t only have to be kept to the editorial or fashion pages, it is wearable… But I love gold, and used it on Claire a few years back. Beautiful naturally, she allowed me to flex my artistic wings using gold pigments on her eyes and lips, and matte black on her brows and inthe sockets of her cheeks!
With more than 15 years experience working with some of the biggest names in the Beauty Industry, most recently as an International Ambassador for Laura Mercier, it made sense to call upon the expertise of Makeup Artist and trainer, Katy Messer who works under the name Makeup by Katy, has shared some of her secrets with MAF on how to use Gold in the most flattering ways.
“A touch of gold can be a fantastic tweak to a simple daytime make-up to take it to the next level, be it for a night time glamorous look or just a little added sparkle. My tips for using gold around the eyes is firstly, always ensure you’ve thoroughly concealed to lighten any darkness and blend away any redness.
Use the different tones of gold to enhance your eye shade. Blue eyes can wear a warm, yellow based gold to make their eye colour look icier. A green/hazel eye looks richer with a bronze based gold. With all eye colours, ensure that you keep the lash line dark and defined and I’d always use a black mascara to create more of a contrast between the lashes and the whites of the eyes.
Keep the gold to the lid as opposed to up onto the brow bone. This keeps the shimmer in the right place and stops the look from being dated. Highlight under the brow to lift if you want to with a matte white or cream shadow and groom the brow.
For a quick simple way to use gold alone, take a sheer cream eye shadow all over the lid, a neutral skin tone through the crease and 2 coats of mascara onto top and bottom lashes. Stick to a neutral/pink tone on the cheeks and lips and maybe add a dab of the gold cream shadow onto your lower lip to tie it all together.”
And as always, take a look at some of the hottest golds around today!
Sue Devitt E Z Roller Ball Shadow – Kaya
Easy to roll on, and simple to blend, this pretty rose gold shimmer is flattering on deep brown eyes.
The Powderpuff Girls – Shimmer Powder
So cute, the signature ‘puff’ of those PowderPuff girls, this vintage inspired puff contains a beautifully soft gold to shimmer over your body, your decolletage, even your hair!
Susan Posnick Coloureyedefine liner and shadow - Platinum/Gold
An angled liner at one end, and a capful of shadow at the other. Wear them alone or together for a striking metallic look.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear – Gold Spun
This is a fabulous lipgloss for adding a shimmer and shine to naked lips, or even over the top of your favourite colour. Definitely take a second look at this when you’re at your clinique counter, have a play, and try it over a few other shades, it’s a versatile gloss for all ocassions.
Face Stockholm Nail Polish - Number 50 Gold
Such a sexy gold! Bright and shimmery, shiny like a christmas chocolate coin! Very pretty!
Nail Girls polish – Foil Gold
Soft and delicate, this soft gold is very flattering on darker skintones, but perhaps avoid it if you have any pink undertones to your skin.
Versace Perfume – Yellow Diamonds
A light and fruity scent, with hints of spring florals, the Yellow Diamonds fragrance is an easy to wear fragrance, perfect for daytime.
Diva Rebel Hairstyler – Gold Edition
This state of the art professional hairstyler offers a multitude of intelligent functions. An auto shut off after 10 minutes of no use, great for those of us who worry that we’ve forgotten to turn our straighteners off. Hair settings ranging from 110 degrees upto 230 with a mere 8 second time to get to 110! Mirror titanium plates and ultra hot ceramic heating technology makes this professional tool perfect for delivering either straight or curly hair.
Bare Escentuals Eyeshadow Glimmer – True Gold
A handy little carry-with-you bottle of Bare Escentuals infamous mineral shadow, with it’s own little applicator built in! A stunning colour, a great payoff, and portability. What more could you ask for?
Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eyeshadow – Angelic Cockatiels
Not an immediately obvious choice for a ‘gold’ feature, but this soft sheer gold shadow is for those of us who like the theory behind gold shadows, but want to venture into the unknown one baby step at a time…
Barbara Daly LongWear Eyeshadow – Bronze Gold
For a supermarket range, Barbara Daly’s shadow beats many of the other budget brands around. This one really is long wearing, and the bronzeyness of this gold makes it that little bit more wearable, particularly if mixed with a rich milk chocolatey brown.
Makeup Forever Rouge Intense Lipstick – number 17 Gold
Well someone had to offer up a gold lipstick, and Makeup Forever, the professionals behind the professional products, have delivered with a perfect softened gold lipstick that loses nothing on impact.
Abahna Scented Candle – Mandarin and Sicilian Bergamot
Sneaking this into the golden lineup because of it’s gold lid, but Abahna candles are just incredible. The scent is intense when the candle is directly sniffed, but the smell floats and swirls around your house, leaving a lingering trail of fragrance that isn’t over powering or cloying, just simply elegant.
Kryolan Proliner – Gold
Perfect gold eyeliner with an easy draw brush, Kryolan really are the kings of the theatrical makeup, but they need not be just for the theatre, they are for all and everyone. Maybe your home could be your own stage, or perhaps you like to put on a mask, but no matter what your reason, if you’ve picked up a metallic gold liner, you want it to deliver good results. This one does.
Makeup Forever Metal Powder – Honey Gold, Sunflower, Maize Gold, Olive Gold
Liquid metal that isn’t actually a liquid? What could be simpler than a powder that’s so very very fine that it translates into a wash of molten metal. With 4 variations of gold, pick the one that suits you best.
Butter London Nail Lacquer – Full Monty
Those clever creatives over at Butter London have delivered a gorgeous gold that is the golden glow of a freshly cooked sugar biscuit. Like something as exquisite as a sugar biscuit, this shade is soft and warm, but also elegant and delicate.
DuWop Caribbean Iced Tea – Butter Rum
DuWop’s infamous Iced Teas are balms, but not as you know it. This one tints your lips with the merest, teeniest, tiniest wash of colour, then sprinkles it with a hint of golden shimmer. Just gorgeous. Your lips, but better…
Ben Nye Aqua Glitter – Gold
Most usually recognised in the professional arena, Ben Nye products are synonymous with quality and class, and deliver an excellent result. This glitter, encased in a waterbased solution will allow you to gilt up your skin with an ease that makes you wish you could gilt your whole body!
Makeup Forever Strass Pearls – Gold
Stick on gems are nothing new, they’ve been around since long before TOWIE introduced them in the vajazzle, but we’ve been using them more creatively than that for many years. But now, we can get our hands on pearls. Gems and vajazzles? That’s so last year…
Umberto Giannini Colour Luxe – Intensifying Shampoo and Conditioner
So your hair is looking a little dull, perhaps you need to take a trip to the hair dresser to colour it up a little, or maybe it’s just feeling a bit dull. Well, introduce your locks to Umberto Giannini’s colour luxe products (for blondes or brunettes), and bring back the colour and shine!
OPI Shatter – Gold
Coming soon, as part of The Muppet’s collaboration, the OPI Gold Shatter is subtle, yet stunning when put over deep rich greens, browns and deepest reds, but will shock and wow when layered over creamy reds and blues.
Kryolan Supra Colour Metallic – Gold
Kryolan again offer up a molten metallic gold, this creamy product works best layered over a powdered skin or eye, then set with a contrasting gold shadow. You can wear it alone, but be careful not to apply it to an area likely to crease if you’re not going to set it in place.
We’re still trending with MyFace, this time, their duo for eyes and nails comes with a 3rd product, this one for lips. Wear them alone for class and elegance, but wear together for a statement look.
BeautyUK Pearl Eyeliner – Sphinx
An easy glide nib, the BeautyUK pearl liners give us a way to be on metallic trend, but without the fiddle and faff of having to dampen down metallic shadows, or try and walk a wibbly line across the eyelid. This product makes life a lot easier!
Brocato Shimmer Spray – Gold
Shimmer up your hair, skin or even your clothes! This ultimately versatile bottle of spray is intended for use on your hair, but why stop there? It is also suggested by Brocato that you whisper it across your skin, or even across an outfit to take you ‘from ordinary to extraordinary’!
Illamasqua Precision Ink - Alchemy
With a name like precision ink, you expect to be able to execute a precise line. Well, with a couple of practice swipes first, you will be more than capable with this. It does offer longevity, and it does offer a good colour pay off, do be expected to offer up an alter ego as a partial payment for choosing Illamasqua…!
Lush Lip Tint – Celebrate
Its cute, it’s pink, but it’s all covered in golden popping candy! How much more cutesy could it get than that! Well, not exactly cutesy, but you will get lovely soft lips, but do make sure that all the candy has popped before you kiss anyone, you could give them a bit of a shock!
Revlon Nail Enamel – Gold Coin
This is a softer gold than a chocolate gold coin, it’s a shimmer rather than a metal and offers something not quite so heavy-hitting as some gold polishes. Ideal if you prefer to do subtle than statement.
Top Shop Nails – Heart of Gold
Another soft gold, this little pot of polish will be enough for you to be on trend for the season and won’t leave you bankrupt, so is therefore ideal for the budget conscious trend setter!
Sugarpill Chromalust – Goldilux
One of those little pots of dazzling colour, Sugarpill’s Chromalust in Goldilux is a pot of heaven! It gives an instant zing and sparkle and wears beautifully well. Add it to a rich dark shimmering chocolate for a sexy, sultry look.
Illamasqua Illumine Oil – Pulse
Make your body glisten and gleam with this beauiful oil. Available here with a golden shimmer, Pulse is instantly sexy, hydgrating and makes you look like you ought to be stepping onto the red carpet!
Models Own Nail Polish – Gold Rush
We’ve all heard of that fantastically expensive and rare gold nail polish, made with real gold, well this polish offers a more practically priced alternative. After you’ve applied it, expect your nails to shine as though they’ve been covered with real gold flakes.
Ellis Faas Lights – E302 Gold
This amazing creamy shadow in clickable-pen form gives a more modern edge to what could otherwise be an overdose of golden eyes. Creating a dreamy, creamy look is effortlessly easy here.
Denman Brush – D3 Diamante Gold
Denman delivers! Their brushes are renowned for being incredibly gentle on your hair, and this diamante gold one is no different. Just as gentle on your hair, and just as fun as their sister brushes! Have a look at their website and if the gold doesn’t appeal, believe us, there will be one that does!
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Gold Shimmer
Batiste are the top of the pile as far as dry shampoos are concerned. They’re the go to product for those who need to ward off a bit of unwanted grease, but are also a must have for those wanting to add a bit of oomph and lift to their hair. Go a step further and add a little hint of golden shimmer for easy instant shimmering glamour.
Bare Escentuals High Shine – Gold Medal
Its a high shine shadow in golden form! Bare Escentuals mineral shadows are applied with a gentle swirl and swoosh, and this beautiful shade is one of those easy one-stroke shadows. Just add a flick of mascara and you’re ready to go.
Andrea Fulerton – Gold Finger Gift Set
Like the trend for french tipped nails in different colours? Andrea Fulerton’s gold finger set is perfect for doing just that. Expect a decent quality, and expect wow nails. Oh, and expect some interested looks and enquiries about your nails too!
Lush Bubble Bar – Sunnyside
Bubble bars are a staple of any lush addict’s bathing routine, but this Sunnyside bar takes them to a new level! Covered in shimmering fine golden glitter, when you bubble away, these disperse through your bath, leaving you shimmering and glimmering too. Just perhaps don’t use this in the morning if you’re expected in the boardroom later…
Leighton Denny Expert Nails – Golden Girl
Oh you really would be a Golden Girl wearing these! Easily beautiful, Leighton Denny always offers up quality and longevity, and this is no different!
Guerlain – L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Gold
Particles of pure 24 karat gold are suspended in a beautiful gel primer to not only help your makeup stay in place, but offer the most perfect radiance. After all, gold is the most precious metal, and reflects light like nothing else.
La Prairie – Gold Illusion Line Filler
Infused with gold, this product is filled with spheres that expand to fill lines and pores, delivering an instant ‘blur’ to your face, leaving you with a smooth and younger looking skin.
Nails Inc – Solid Gold Nail Wraps
Want the pure solid gold look, but not convinced you could apply a streak-free polish? Then these nail wraps could be just the answer for you. Smooth them on, and instant glamour is yours!
Alpha H Liquid Gold – Intensive Night Serum
Perfect for older and sun damaged skin, this overnight treatment will help your skin produce more collagen, while reducing the tell tell signs of age spots and discolouration. Get it in your shopping basket now, if you’ve ever been a sun worshipper!