Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Lessons From The Pros: 24 Carat Babe
You’re a golden goddess so you might as well make that clear—by wearing the look on your face! We asked our makeup ace Stacey Nishimoto for all the shiny details…
The golden tools:
- Liquid gold eyeliner: Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold
- Gold pencil: Sumita Beauty Brow Glow pencil in Sona
- 24 carat gold lip gloss: YSL Golden Gloss in in Golden Praline
- Golden powder shimmer: Make Up For Ever Metal Powder in Sunflower Gold
The best holiday look right now is a flash of gold darting across your lash line. It’s subtle and totally not subtle at the same time. It’s magical and sexy too. Start of with a soft, earthy color on the lid, such as taupe or bronze. The eyeshadow anchors the metallic liquid softly onto the lid, and besides, without a soft backdrop you’ll look kind of like a busted 2001. Line along the lash line in a clean, swift action; then, as you wing out, break up the line, almost like you’re splattering paint. You don’t want a perfect gold cat eye in this case. Paint a story on your eyes with gold! Have fun with the metallic liquid! It is pretty harsh on its own, so paint it on soft. Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liner in gold is sheer, so you can build the intensity—very user-friendly.
Golden kohl—YES! So much fun! You can do everything with a golden face pencil: line the inner eye, trace the tear-duct, line your lips (gold-lined lips are AMAZINGLY MODERN), draw a golden line down the bridge of your nose then smudge/blend into skin, dab a golden dot dead center right under your bottom lash line … go nuts! I love Sumita Brow Glow Pencil because it’s creamy and blends effortlessly anywhere, adding a golden flash of light in the darkest of corners. Draw holiday spirit err’where!
YSL’s Golden Gloss in Golden Praline is very special. The gloss has real flecks of 24 carat gold mixed in a rosy nude glossy cream—extremely beautiful. This gloss melts in a naked lip, or you can use it over color for a pop of decadent brilliance. My favorite way to use this gloss is as a lip liner replacement. Bag the liner and brush on sheer gold right over the lip line.
For golden shimmer that doesn’t make your face shiny as a new coin, dust just your bone structure with powder gold: Brow bone, on top of cheek bones, bridge of nose, collar bones… basically anything with a bone, and leave the soft, fleshy parts alone. I like to use a fan brush to pick up shimmer because it delicately lays the golden shine on the skin. This process is virtually mistake-proof, because the application is so light handed. My favorite place for shimmer is the temples. Glimmering temples with a smoky eye is a heavenly combo. Also glimmering temples can be worn during the days as well. Day angel or night angel, it’s totally up to you.