Not Into Bronzer? Try Glowing With This Rose Gold Look Instead

Since it combines both warm and cool tones, it flatters a variety of skin tones.

Although I’ve become super obsessed with bronzer this summer, I totally get that it’s not for every one. I, for one, used to be afraid that bronzer would look extremely overdone and unnatural on my medium skin. And as one commenter pointed out in my recent bronzed-goddess tutorial, on the very pale, brown powder can look muddy—and no one wants that.

If looking sun-kissed by way of bronzer is not an option for you, allow me to introduce you to bronzer’s girlier yet less traditional cousin: rose gold.

Since it combines both warm and cool tones, it flatters a variety of skin tones, from fair to dark, and works wonderfully for summer. Below, I'll show you how to incorporate the pretty shade into a summer makeup look.


Because rose gold is shimmery and you don’t want to run the risk of looking like a disco ball, skip the dewy foundation and go for a satin or matte base. I’m wearing Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation.


For eye makeup, I’m working with a palette dedicated to rose gold shades: the Urban Decay Naked 3.

To start, sweep a peachy-pink shade (Burnout) in the area above your crease and below your brow bone.

On your mobile lid, apply a pinky-copper shimmery shade (Trick), and extend it slightly past your crease. Use the same color to go all the way along your lower lash line.

To give your eyes some lift, pat on a pale pink matte shadow (Strange) on your brow bone. Blend over it with a clean brush when you’re done.

Next, trace your upper lash line and the outer half of your lower lash line with some brown cream or pencil liner, and make sure the top and lower lines connect.

Before the liner sets, go over the line you created with a subdued dark taupe-mauve shade (Darkside) for a blurred liner effect.

Add some mascara, curl your lashes, and your eye makeup is done!

Cheeks and the Rest of Your Face

Although this isn’t a bronzy look, if you want to add some extra warmth to your face with some bronzer, go for it, but try to go more golden than brown. Here, I applied NYX Blush in Terra Cotta, a golden copper, to contour my cheekbones and hairline. (I raved about it here).

Then apply a matte rose blush, like Boots No 7 Blush in Soft Damson, to your cheeks.

Now, for the shimmer:

Sweep a rose gold powder, like BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Rose Gold, on top of your blush, and then blend over it with a clean brush.

To balance out all the shimmer, highlight the bridge of your nose and the center of your forehead with a pale matte shadow (I used Strange from Naked 3).

For matching rose gold lips, apply a rosy-nude lipstick and pat on a gold shadow (or gloss) on top. I used Girlactik Le Crème Lipstick in Pretty with NYX Blush in Terra Cotta, because I like the contrasting finishes of the powder blush and cream lipstick.

Finished Look

  • Do you use rose gold makeup?
  • Do you prefer to look bronzed or glowy in the summer?