Golden Girl

Not THE Golden Girls (RIP Bea & Rue)… but a reasonable fascimile…?

I’ve been on a metallic kick lately… ALL metals make me happy. But Gold is my all time favorite. From pigments to shadows to creams and liners… all products in the precious hue have me positively giddy this summer.

Here are some of my favorites:

Guerlain retractable eye pencil in Gold (01).This is the best gold eyeliner I’ve ever used. Here’s why: it’s not a bright yellow gold (MUFE) like most golden pencils. This one has more of an ‘antique’ hue and is perfect for olive, medium and dark complexions. It also complements anyone with a yellow undertone, regardless of skin color. It disappears on medium complexions… giving the illusion of a wide open eye (without the chalky mess associated with whites, yellows, and flesh colored eyeliner pencils), it brightens the eye on darker complexions and it gives a nice golden ‘sheen’ on lighter complexions.
The bad news is… this thing is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find! Boooo…. but I’ve had some luck on A good compromise is this (less expensive) alternative:

Urban Decay’s 24/7 eye pencil in ‘Baked.’ This one is a bit more ‘bronze’ but still very nice. The formula for this pencil is unmatched. The entire 24/7 line is beautifully done, with smooth application and major staying power.

My next obession:

Oh MAC Pigment (in Gold), how do I love thee! Let me count the ways…
Now, I’m late to the pigment game, so all of my pots are the new SMALLER verions of the original product. Boooo! But, there’s still plenty of product. I’m sure it’ll take me years to get through it. You can use pigments anywhere, blend them to do a ton of different things (I recently learned how to swirl them in nail polish for a new look), and you use so little of the product that it lasts forever. If you use it as a shadow… use it over a base. Otherwise you’ll just have pigment everywhere you don’t want it in a matter of minutes. Other than that… go nuts!
Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice. Manipulative formula lets you make it sheer and shiny, or lay it on thick for a serious golden look. I love this and the MUFE Aqua Cream in the same color (which is waterproof and creaseproof. Liquid Metal is neither). Like the pigments, you can use this all over. Your limits are basically your own imagination.
Now, if you’re into luxury, Belmacz has a doozy of a product called ‘Blitz.’
It’s basically two 24k gold leaves pressed into a teeny pot. It’s gorgeous and goes on like silk. And like the creams and Liquid Metals, you can build it to a solid gold. This is a ‘warmer’ gold… not bright and metallic. But it’s expensive as all get out. Barneys has it for $32.00, which is deeply unfair. Well, unfair to me anyway. I got it before it hit the United States. We won’t discuss the price. Let’s just say that the currency conversion from pounds to dollars made a bit of a dent in the ol’ purse.
D&G lipstick in Gold. Now THIS is good stuff! It’s a darker gold (perfect for olive and medium complexions)… and layers well with just about any other lipcolor. You can use it alone, but be sure to really moisturize your lips because it has a tendency to skip. The formula is sheer (but buildable) and it smells DIVINE. It has actually never made it into my kit. It lives in my purse, and goes with me everywhere. I should probably get one for the kit, because I don’t know that I’m interested in sharing this lipstick right now.
That’s it! Those are my current favorites. I use them separate or together (yes… I have actually tried to turn myself into an Oscar statue)… but SOMETHING on this list manages to make it on my face every day… let’s just say that I’m a Golden Girl until further notice!

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