LOTW: Minimal Yet Bold Gold

Less can be more, especially with a color like this.
Publish date:
August 27, 2015
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When I think about bold looks, I often imagine dramatic use of color, graphic eye looks, bright lipstick, etc. It occurred to me the other day, though, that stripping a look down a bit can also be dramatic.

For a more singularly focused look, I turned to my favorite gold-toned makeup.

Over primed lids, I took a stiff blending brush (in this case, MAC 217) and swept a golden eyeshadow all over my eyes all the way up to just under the brow.

I applied some foundation and under-eye concealer after that, and then took the same blending brush and applied more of that gold along my lower lash line, connecting it with the gold all over the lids.

I usually like a more sharpened eye shape, but I kept it rounded this time. I also opted to skip the mascara altogether because there’s something really fun about naked lashes with a look like this.

For the lips, I used a bronze cream cheek stick and pressed it onto my lips.

For the rest of the face, I contoured my cheekbones and forehead lightly to create somewhat sharper angles and then added a matte warm brown bronzer as blush.

To add a little more of an all over gilded effect, I added a shimmery rose gold highlight to the tops of my cheekbones and swept a little bit of all three of the powders in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette down the center of my forehead, nose, and chin.

Here are my favorite looks from last week's thread:

Do you think a more minimal look can be bold? When you're doing a look that centers around one color, what are your favorite colors to use?

Let me know down in the comments or feel free to hit me up on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well. Tag me and @xovain in your favorite #xoLOTW. I want to see what you guys are doing throughout the week!