From blush to nail polish, an makeup artist weighs in on the best pink-meets-gold products.
Say hello to the most flattering metallic makeup shade—rose gold. It straddles the line between cool and warm, so it flatters a variety of skin tones. Here, Rimmel London U.S. Makeup Artist Jo Baker explains how to wear the trendy hue.
“A subtle wash of rose gold shadow over the eyelid creates a soft, ethereal glow that’s perfect for day,” says Baker. Look for a powder formula with just enough shimmer to catch the light, like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Petal ($25, macys.com). Use a brush or your finger to swipe a sheer layer over your eyelids, letting it dissipate above your crease.
Add this metallic hue to your cheeks for an instant post-vacation-glow. Softly sweep a powder, like L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Rose Gold Lift ($12, drugstore.com), over the apples of your cheeks with a less-is-more approach to ensure you don’t go overboard. Have oily or acne-prone skin? Baker recommends avoiding shimmer—it can highlight problem spots. Opt for a matte formula, like NARS blush in Sex Appeal ($30, sephora.com) instead.
For a special occasion, add a touch of rose gold shimmer to make your lashes sparkle. Use a glitter specifically made for skin, like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitter in Beige ($15, nordstrom.com), and use a cotton swab to place some onto your lashes after applying mascara. If it gets messy (it probably will), use a piece of tape to take any stray specks off of your face.
“A subtle sheen on the lips pairs great with bronzed summer skin,” says Baker. Wear a rose gold gloss alone—or over your favorite mauve lipstick. Rimmel London Oh My Gloss! In Nonstop Glamour ($6, drugstore.com) has just the right tint and doesn’t feel sticky. Plus, the shimmer will help make lips appear fuller.
Not so sure about adding rose gold to your makeup routine just yet? Ease into the trend by swiping it on your nails first. Easier to approach than silver or gold, rose gold is similar to blush and looks pretty on both tips and toes. Try Essie nail polish in Penny Talk ($8.50, target.com).