Gold is a funny thing. It pops up every spring and summer without fail, but it’s always a slightly difficult shade to wear when it comes to make-up. If you don’t get your exact shade of gold right or you don’t balance it tone-wise, it’s super easy to end up looking like you’re wearing Christmas make-up four months too early. To skip the risk of looking overly festive I picked out some pale gold shades for nails and eyes, as wearable on porcelain complexions as those rocking their Spring tans. Nice!
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight (AU$26.06 for 11g, kitcosmetics.com)is a remix on my perennial favourite eye primer. It has a touch of golden pearl added to a soft yellow base, giving a soft luminous veil on the eyelid rather than a glittery bling-o-rama mess. The effect is super subtle, meaning that it doesn’t change the colour of your eyeshadows or change matte formulas into shimmers. I’ve been wearing it under my eyeshadow (obviously!) but it’s also nice when worn alone.
- Kit Cosmetics nail polish in Generation Next (AU$15.95 for 12ml, kitcosmetics.com) is a cool gold frost with sparse golden microglitter.
- Shu Uemura eyeshadow in G Gold (AU$28, AU$40 with a mono custom case, selected David Jones stores) is a pale gold flake shadow. It’s not a smooth frost nor a chunky glitter, but somewhere in between. Applied dry it comes out like a sparse wash of colour, but it can also be applied wet for a more intense look.
- Benefit Sun Beam (AU$45 for 13ml, selected Myer stores) is a relatively new-ish addition to Benefit’s highlighter range, kind of like a spiritual replacement for my much missed favourite Hollywood Glo. I’m a ghost and most bronzers apply like artfully smudged dirt, but this gives a nice flush of warmth when applied over my cheekbones. A dab added to my moisturiser is also nice for faking eight hours of sleep.