Beauty Post: Black and Gold

It’s hard to go wrong pairing black and gold (or black and silver if you have a cooler skin tone). Here’s a brief tutorial highlighting tools and techniques to achieve the look.

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First, use a soft eyeliner pencil in gold to line the inside of your lower lashes. This will make your eyes appear larger and brighter.

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Next, use a soft eyeliner pencil in black to “tightline” or line the inside of your upper lashes.

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As you can see in this progress shot, some of the black liner has blended with the gold at the outer corners of my eyes. This visually creates depth and makes eyes seem wider.

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Use an eyeshadow brush to draw an arch beneath your eyebrows in white or taupe.  Draw the arch down from brow in a curve toward the inner corner of your eye.

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Beneath the arch, fill in with taupe or light brown, whatever best compliments and blends with your natural skin tone.  Use this color from the arch about two-thirds of the way down, or to the crease if you have one.

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Use an eyeshadow brush with long soft bristles to sweep gold across your eyelids. Start from the center and work outward to cover the entire lid.

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Use a point brush with shorter, stiffer bristles to fill in the outer corners with black shadow. Don’t cover too much of the gold, you want it to shine through.

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Using the same point brush, draw some of black inward in a curve above your eyelids, but not all the way to the inner eye corners.

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Use a felt tip liquid eyeliner pen in black to line the lower lashes and create small wings. I start at the center of my eye going outward, then draw from the inside toward the center to create a smooth line.

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Line the top lashes with the same pen, again working in small strokes as needed.

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Apply mascara to the top of your lashes to cover any light shadow that may have fallen on them.

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Use a curved mascara wand to separate and shape lashes.

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Your completed look should have gold shining through black. This can be paired with nearly any lipstick,  from bright pop colors to classic reds to nudes. I’m wearing a very light rose-tinted gloss in this picture. 

Go forth and have fun face painting!

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