Rose gold makeup “offers a fun way to play with metallics while still staying modern”, says Chanel Temple, resident makeup artist at Hourglass. It’s also a shade that complements a range of skin tones: “It looks beautiful on everyone, from the fairest to deepest complexions”, Chanel notes. From backstage beauty moments at shows such as Topshop to Instagram inspiration in the form of glossy rose gold lids and lips (just check out makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes’ feed), it’s a trend that’s been bubbling under the surface for years. Here’s how to wear the rose gold hues not only on your eyes, but all over…
While rose gold lips may sound a little intimidating, they look striking in real life. Begin with a frosted finish lipstick which will offer both a pink tinge with a metallic gold effect; the Nars Lipstick in Orgasm is a pretty perfect option. Opt for an invisible liner like the one by Lipstick Queen to add definition to lips and hold the colour in place.
Finish your look with a layer of gloss; we love the range of amazing lip toppers that are available now; glossy and holographic in finish yet nourishing and non-sticky, these are ideal for gloss-phobes. Becca’s Liquid Crystal Lip Topper Glow Gloss in Rose Quartz x Seashell offers a subtle, shimmering wash of colour, while Kevyn Aucoin’s The Molten Lip Colour Molten Metals in Rose Gold gives more of a creamy, pigmented effect.
An easy route into the trend, try an all-over wash of colour on the lid, or an ombre effect beginning with lighter hues in the inner corner and blending out into a darker shade, to add depth and drama to the eyes. Try using the Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Rigel (Kevyn Aucoin’s The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Rose Quartz is another great alternative if you don’t like pressed powder) all over the lid for a day-time, office-friendly take on the trend.
To amp up the look for evening, experiment with Chantecaille’s Mermaid Eye Colour in Starfish; a darker metallic pink. Take a fluffy eye brush and apply the shade to the outer corners and crease of your lids, taking care to blend as you go.
Chanel also recommends using the Hourglass Vanish Highlighting Stick in Rose Gold before your chosen eyeshadow: “It creates a creamy base and keeps the rose gold look consistent from the very start”. To trial a range of rose gold looks, pick up a palette containing warm, complementary shades. Nars’ newest palette, Narsissist Wanted, is a great place to start as it contains gorgeous pinky gold shades as well as darker burnt reds to add depth.
Rose gold on your cheeks? It’s absolutely doable – and what’s more, it can look seriously impactful. While rose gold blusher can seem a little too shimmery, a highlighter works wonders – and there are so many to choose from. The Hourglass Vanish Highlighting Stick in Rose Gold is a creamy, blendable formula that catches the light perfectly when worn on the highest point of the cheekbones, plus the stick formula also makes it ultra-compact and easy for on-the-go use, even on your commute.
Another brilliant creamy option is the RMS Master Mixer, which gives more of a subtle rosy glow. Pat this on the brow bone, cheekbones and cupid’s bow for a pared-down take on rose gold.
If you prefer powder formulas, Becca has a plethora of covetable options, including their Shimmer Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Rose Gold. Alternatively, try adding several drops of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Blossom into your moisturiser or foundation for a gorgeous sheen which will flood the skin with radiance.