Gold is having a major beauty moment. From metallic-lined lids on the runway at Zac Posen’s Fall/Winter 2015 show, to makeup artist Pat McGrath’s recent sold-out limited edition Gold 001 Pigment that she also used to create the heavy-metal lips on Prada’s Spring/Summer 2016 models, all signs are pointing to now as no better time to go for the gold. The key to wearing aurous makeup is remembering that subtle shimmer is how you’ll strike gold—and not look overdone. We’ve rounded up eight easy and elegant ways ways to add luster to your beauty routine.
1. Dolce & Gabbana Beauty Sheer Shine Gloss
Layer Dolce & Gabbana’s sheer, iridescent gloss ($32; nordstrom.com) over pink and red lipsticks with warm undertones to add an extra dose of glamour to a party-ready beauty look.
2. Guerlain L’Or Pure Radiance Face Primer
The answer to dull, cold-weather skin is this primer ($74; saksfifthavenue.com) infused with 24-carat gold flakes. Its sparkling and reflective particles will boost your complexion’s radiance, while creating a smooth, fresh base for makeup.
3. NYX Glam Shadow Stick in Yellow Diamond
Swipe a gilded shadow ($2.99; nyxcosmetics.com) across the entire lid for a pretty, chic look that works day or night, or pair the shimmery color with black liner to give your trusty cat-eye a soft glow.
4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Goldmine
Instantly brighten up tired eyes after long nights with a metallic pop of color by gliding on this long-wear eyeliner ($20; urbandecay.com) around the rims.
5. Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Cleopatra In New York
No one does glitter polishes quite like Deborah Lippmann. If you’re intimidated by auric makeup, a gold-flecked polish ($20; deborahlippmann.com) with an edgy black base, is a simple, cool way to take to part in the trend.
6. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Beige
Sweep this pearly compact ($46; bobbibrown.com) all over with a blush brush to fake healthy glowing skin.
7. Ulta Glitter Eye Top Coat
Add a touch of glimmer to your favorite eyeshadow, or wear this top coat ($8; ulta.com) alone on your lids for a subtle shimmer.
8. NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado
Line the base of your lashes with NARS’ metallic pencil ($25; narscosmetics.com), or wear it on your entire lid to go from zero glam to a hundred.
9. Pat McGrath Labs Gold 001
Dust this finely pigmented concoction ($40; patmcgrath.com) onto your eyes, lips, or even on your cheeks for an instant boost of radiance. Its limitless capabilities and blinding luminosity are what made the first batch of this luxurious mixture sell out almost immediately.