5 Gilded Looks That Will Make You Appear Rich Enough To Survive In King’s Landing

From what I've seen on Game of Thrones, having lots of gold (or appearing to have it) is as important to survival as good swordsmanship.
Publish date:
April 25, 2014
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Whenever I watch a movie or TV show about survival and such, I always wonder how I would fare. I mean,
what would my skills be if the apocalypse started during my lifetime (entirely
possible), or if I was thrown into a ring to fight to the death (not quite as
possible, but still). Would I die within the first few seconds, or would I use
my skills to survive, at least for a little while?

My new favourite show to
play this mind game with is the epitome of all mind games and twists, Game of

Emmett and I first started watching Game of Thrones a few
months back, after being told by every single person we knew that we had to
give it a try. Once we started watching, we were instantly reduced to lumps on
the bed, barely able to pull ourselves from the screen to eat or take a sip of
water. We hardly knew what to do with ourselves when we finally finished all
three seasons, so from that day a few months ago until the latest season premiere, all we could
do was think, hypothesize and discuss Game of Thrones (and we did, a lot.)

Based on my lack of fighting skills and my complete inability
to lie and sneak and cheat, I figure I would probably do about as well as Sansa
in King’s Landing. I mean, I might not die right away, but I would certainly
play the nice and innocent card as long as I possibly could, and in turn
probably have a lot of horrible things happen to me. That being said, Sansa is, by far, the most boring character on the show, and I really despise being boring
(I’m more the everyday adventure type), so I can’t see myself actually staying
quiet and obedient for long.

Let’s see then, what else could I use? I love animals, but it
seems dragons are an advantage that only Khaleesi can access. I could be seductive and sexy like Margaery…
but anytime I’ve tried to act sexy on purpose in the past, the object of my
desire has found it funny.

I suppose based on my skill set, the best
call for me if I were trying to make it out of King’s Landing alive (or any part
of the seven kingdoms, for that matter) would be to make myself look as rich and
important as possible. How will I do that? With gold, of course!

makeup and accessories are my favourite way to luxe up a look, and I can’t help
but think that even Cersei and Tywin Lannister would be impressed by my
creations. I might even score an invitation to a royal wedding, though with the
history of weddings on the show, I’m not sure I’d want to attend.

before we lose our heads, here are five ways I incorporate gold into my look.


The easiest
way to add a bit of extra bling to your look is with gold nail polish. I
layered NYX Smooth Operator, a dark silvery-gold with a hint of rosiness,
with NYX 24K Glitter, a gold sparkle polish. Both colours are from the surprisingly affordable NYX Decadent Delights, but the result looks pretty
wealthy, don’t you think?


I’m a big
supporter of Kevin Murphy Color.Bugs for temporary colour fun, and his
metallic creations are no exception.

The gold doesn’t do much for my already light locks, but on dark hair it adds the perfect amount of sparkle and glimmer.


I’m not the
biggest fan of lipstick, but NYX Lipstick in Celene is the most irresistible shade of
kissable champagne gold that even I can’t say no to it.

A shimmery, sheer
shade, this colour looks great on its own, on top of another more bold hue, or
layered with sparkling lip gloss.


You can make
just about anything golden with Lush Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner in Fantasy. This thick,
metallic formula is easy to apply, gives great colour and coverage, and it’s both vegan and natural.

To add a hint of gilded detail to your brows, simply
paint the gold liner onto the hairs you’d like to cover. If you want to get
really fancy you could even get two metallic shades and give yourself metallic ombre brows.


This look is
by far the most detailed and labour-intensive in the list, but the wealthy-looking result is definitely worth it (especially if it helps you keep your

I started out with Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Comex Gold, a warm bronze gold shadow that really looks like real gold flake in the tin.

I used the Stay All Day Liquid
Eye Primer
that this shadow comes with to create a base in the inner corner of
my eye, then layered on the gold foil.

Next, I used
Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Mushroom and Oil Slick to create a dramatic eye,
blending the gold into the grey, then the grey into a black wing extending from
my upper lashes.

I finished
off the look by adding a bit of smokiness to the outer corner of my bottom
lashes with an angle brush and more Oil Slick; then I drew in a cat eye on
my upper lashes with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, and
applied a thick coating of Ilia Mascara in Nightfall.

In case that
wasn’t quite enough gold, I used my Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy to add a bit of sparkle to my upper and lower lashes. This
addition is subtle, but I think it’s so pretty.

Finally, I used my Ilia Illuminator in Polkadots and Moonbeams to give my brow line and the
inner corners of my eyes a healthy shimmer, and I was done.