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By Allison Warenik-Queenan

The fashion world has moved on to London Fashion Week, but I still have a few makeup trends to share with Beauty News readers from backstage at the New York collections. Gold makeup was shining everywhere I looked. This one trend should not be put on hold for fall. It’s glowing and ethereal and looks amazing on pale skin, dark skin and all skin tones in between. And it definitely is the perfect match for your summer tan (achieved by artificial methods of course). Here at The Blonds, the gold sparkly nails were done by CND and the sparkly face and eyes were done by M.A.C. I love the full eyelid of gold shadow.

At Erin Fetherston, M.A.C. again applied a subtle gold glitter around the corners of the eyes; like a sprinkling of fairy’s dust. A brown/gray shadow on the lids was blended into almost nothing. Lip Mix highlighter was applied to the face to give the skin a dewy look. Odile for Catwalk by TIGI weaved golden pieces into thick braids for a romantic looks that was certainly midsummer’s night dreamy.

CND nails rocked the gold look at both Jen Kao and Jason Wu, by applying a gold color tip to some non-conventional, but utterly fabulous, French manicure looks. At Jen Kao, Polly Osmond for M.A.C., created a makeup look reminiscent of a night at The Tunnel with painted gold glitter brows and a smudge of yellow gold liner around the inner corners of the eyes. At Jason Wu, Diane Kendall for M.A.C. created gold eyes that invoked a modern day Versailles. Gold Pigment – highlight over center of eyelids and inner corners over a dark smoky shadow and M.A.C. Pro Gold Glitter was applied over the center of the eyelids for a jeweled effect. Marie Antoinette would certainly hold court with these eyes and nails.


At Sachika, Orlando at Make Up For Ever, took a clue from Black Swan, creating an evil villainess whose heavily lashed red eyes (with a splash of gold Diamond Powder #16 in the inner corners) were supported by a face covered in large gold flecks. Gold lips, created with Rouge Artist #17 finished the look. Totally disco diva and totally club worthy. Again, at Indashio, Orlando created another glamorous golden look, by first applying Metal Powder #5 in copper to the upper eyelids. Next, he swept Metal Powder #3 in honey gold on the lower eye area, beginning with the inner corners of the eye and moving outward, then dragging the shadow slightly up to the inner corner of the upper eyelid. He then blended Metal Powder #2 in maize gold into the outer corners of the under eye area. Got that?

Gold is very of the moment- for eyes, nails, cheeks, hair, wherever! You can be subtle or dramatic with it. Wear it for daytime or at night. In either case it is sure to add flair and turn heads. Take a clue from NYFW and have fun with your gold-toned makeup starting this Spring.

Originally published February 2011
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