Pinterest Picks – The Midas Touch

By Wednesday, December 12, 2012 3 Permalink

The perfect accessory to your holiday outfit is a dramatic eye. Yes, you could go smoldering and dark or you could take a little festive glittery gold and add it to your face. Gold is beautiful! And what better time to experiment with this color than during a holiday that forgives indulgences, whether it’s sweets or sparkle. This isn’t a time for taupe or beige lids with mascara – this is showtime. Just sing Goldfinger in your head – it’ll get you in the mood.

Gold pigment eye shadow

This is a seriously beautiful look that I am kinda obsessed with. It’s a bit of a goddess look that’s dramatic enough for night. I love how the gold is softened at the top with brown, it looks almost like gold foil though obviously much better. This look would be easiest to recreate by mixing cream shadow and darker pressed shadow to achieve that shadowy liquid look.

Edit: After Jessica’s comment, I contacted my beauty expert blogger friend Jamie from The Lady and The Beard to see how she would recreate this look. Here’s what she suggested: Layer MAC Pigment in Old Gold over MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study. By using the paint pot underneath it will hold the pigment in place and brings out the pigment’s color and intensifies it. For the crease, blend out a brown shadow such as MAC Honesty or Honey Lust. (Thank you Jessica for your comment and Jamie for your guidance!)


This is the easiest look to achieve as you’re only using gold liner and can play with a range of colors on the lids, depending on how you want to define the look. Some people may prefer to lay down black eyeliner and then a gold line on top for more definition. To get this look use a gold liquid liner like the Laura Mercier Liquid Eyeliner in Golden Thread or the Make Up Forever Liner in Diamond Gold.

refinery 29 holiday makeup

When I saw this tutorial on Refinery 29 I instantly knew I wanted to try it out for a holiday party. Gold/plum eyes with burgundy lips = a seriously sultry look. They really make her blue eyes pop! Even though this look requires layers, it’s very easy to copy if you want a dramatic look for nighttime. Click thru to see what colors they used but a similar palette is the limited edition Chanel Regard Signé de Chanel quadra eyeshadow.

Black and Gold Liner

This is an extremely festive look with the chunkier gold glitter and winged liner. It’s sexy but understated because you’re only showcasing black and gold. For chunky glitter it’s easier to use a glitter liner so it will stick to your eye with no problems, loose glitter is not as easy and be careful because glitter in the eye is seriously painful.

Gold eyelids

This look is very romantic. It almost looks like a gold wing. The gold is the focus so you don’t need eyeliner and only just a touch of mascara so that your eyes are defined but the mascara is not noticeable. The easiest way to achieve this look would be to use a gold cream powder which has a smooth texture such as Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Goldstone or Shiseido Cream Eye Color in Techno Gold or Meadow.