November 28th, 2014
Metallics were all over the catwalks for A/W14 seen clearly with the chrome eyes at Donna Karen or the bronzed lips and Rodarte, but it’s the gold that we particularly love. Tom Pecheux for Badgley Mischka, Pat McGarth for Alexander McQueen and Alex Box for Issey Miyake all had plenty of golden moments and as the Christmas sparkle sprinkles its magic on the hot make up looks, here at Warpaint we’re going for gold.
Whether it’s a bold leaf or a champagne shimmer, Gold is the colour of the season and isn’t just for eyes – a subtle gold can be found in highlighers, body powders and tattoos.
For an all round golden shine you won’t find much better than the Dior Golden Shock Christmas Collection 2014. The two new 5 Couleurs palettes, Golden Reflections and Golden Shock (£42) pack a lot of golds into the compacts and the Diorshow Fusion Mono in Mirror is a perfect champagne (£24).
Bobbi Brown’s Scotch on the Rocks Warm Glow palette features nine shades of soft nudes, gilded golds and scotch-inspired browns (£59)
MAC’s Christmas Collection, Heirloom has the sparkliest of glitters in the shape of Glitter Reflects Antique Gold (£!8.50) with a smidge of kharki to give the gold depth, this glitter will work anywhere, but particularly good just under the brow.
Relatively new to these shores is Surratt and their new collection of Artistique Eyeshadows is a versatile collection of shades can be applied dry, for a sheer wash of colour, or wet, for a richer, more intense effect. Each shadow is created using the Japanese ‘slurry’ method, which allows for a more blendable, artistic application. Rose Gold is a fab (£22).
Stila’s magnificent metals foil finish eye shadows come in 12 shades. Their Comex Gold and Vintage Black Gold are pure metal in a pot. Best used with the Primer, these metallics have a cream to powder formula and can be built up for added intensity. (£33.50)
Phyto-Ombre Glow is a new collection of 4 single silky, vibrant and feather-light eyeshadows from Sisley. The powders have a new gel system that give a unique texture combining powder, cream and moulded formula that blends instantly with skin. All are metallic from silver to bronze, but one is pure gold.
The Diorific Gold Shock Illuminating pressed powder (£49) adds a subtle shimmer to cheeks, temples and décolleté.
Chanel’s Camélia de Plumes is a pressed powder that’s a 3D feather design in the shape of a camellia flower. The product itself is translucent shade of platinum with silver and gold shimmers, ideal on cheekbones or the décolleté.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your average bronzer, Terracotta Sun In The City by Guerlain is a face and body powder with a metallic gold shimmer. Like a skin-enhancing top coat, this powder adds shimmer to the skin, creating a precious metal-effect glint. (£44)
Going for Gold
To accent with gold, try the NYX Glam Liner Aqua Luxe in Glam Golden (£5.50). It’s flexible brush tip steers the way for the perfect lined eye as well as smooth application.
Sleek’s Dip It Eyeliner (£4.99) is a highly-pigmented liquid formula that can be used to subtly define eyes or create dramatic feline flicks. It’s fast drying and precise thanks to the tapered tip of the applicator.
OCC’s clever little Lip Tars go on glossy but then set matte. Zhora is a gold metallic (£11.95)
Gold Glittery Mascara is not as easy as you’d think to find, but YSL’s Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara in Gold Sand is perfect, if a little tricky to find in stock. (£24.50). Yves Rocher do one too, not bad value at £3.95.
Gold foil temporary tattoos were first seen this summer, adorning the skin of one Mrs Beyonce Carter, but as the party season is fast approaching with many designed to look like jewellery, we suspect they’ll be making a more wintery statement.