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As much as it would be nice to be covered in jewelry made from precious metals, that isn’t exactly realistic for everyone. (Cue tears.) Thankfully, we have makeup to help us make do until we strike it rich. Add some major sparkle to your face by picking up a gold eyeliner. Below, we’ve gathered our favorite gold eyeliner looks that will leave you feeling like you’re living in the lap of luxury. Keep reading for three ways to wear gold eyeliner.
Think a bit of glitz but not gaudy. Keep your eyeliner on the skinny side for a subtle touch of gold.
Step 1: Prime lids. Primer isn’t only for eye shadow! Apply a thin layer to help your eyeliner apply more smoothly and wear more evenly.
Step 2: Line eyes. With a gold eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Gold, press the pencil’s point against your lash line, drawing a thin line.
Step 3: Tightline. Switching to a black eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Black, create an “invisible eyeliner” effect by coloring in along your waterline, taking care to be gentle with the delicate skin around your eyes.
Step 4: Coat lashes. Apply a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara to finish off your look.
When a regular old wing just isn’t enough, you know what to do. Make it gold! On top of that, a layer of glitter can’t hurt.
Step 1: Prime lids. Blend a thin layer of primer onto your lids.
Step 2. Apply eye shadow. Use a neutral eye shadow quad, like the L’Oréal Paris Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in French Biscuit, for a basic look. Apply the lightest color as a base, a medium matte on your lids, a shimmery shadow as a highlight, and the darkest color along your lashes.
Step 3: Create a cat eye. Picking up your gold eyeliner, draw on your winged flick. For help making things precise, try taping off the edges, then filling in the wing.
Step 4: Add glitter. Going to the next level with glitter is optional (try it if you’re feeling flirty and fun). Layer a glitter eyeliner directly overtop of your cat eye so that it is even more eye-catching.
Step 5: Coat lashes. Mascara is a must! Sweep the brush from root to tip for a full and dramatic look.
There’s no reason gold eyeliner has to be relegated to your upper lid. Bring it lower for a lived-in look.
Step 1: Line lower lash line. That’s all there is to it! Take your gold eyeliner and line right below your eyes.
Step 2: Smudge it out. Take a pencil brush, and smudge out your liner for a messier (in a trendy way, trust us!), undone style.
Step 3. Curl lashes. If your lashes need an added boost, they can benefit from a quick curling. Break out your lash curler and carefully squeeze your lashes into the perfect shape. More of the ins and outs on curling—not crimping—your lashes, in our article, How to Use an Eyelash Curler.
Step 4. Coat lashes. You knew this was coming. Apply mascara, emphasizing that curl.
Your eyes may be the star of the show, but you’ll still want to complete your face with a few more cosmetics.
Step 1: Conceal. Skip foundation and go straight for what you want—to hide any imperfections. Use concealer to cover up blemishes and problem areas without doing a full face of makeup.
Step 2. Brush on blush and bronzer. Apply warm-toned blush to the apples of your cheeks, then focus a sun-kissed bronzer around the edges of your face.
Step 3: Highlight. Don’t worry if you haven’t had your fill of gold. Top off your face, literally, by applying a golden illuminator to the high points of your face.
Step 4: Make lips matte. Don’t go overboard with shimmer and shine. Instead, apply a matte lipstick for a pop of color.
Step 5: Spray to set. Help prevent smearing and smudging with the help of a setting spray. 4-6 spritzes and you’re good to go.
Pair your gold makeup with gorgeous, golden blonde hair. Find out How to Get a Trendy Golden Blonde Hair Color.