I love a good burgundy lip as much as the next person, especially when the pumpkin spice starts rolling out, but the color reads much the same way as florals for spring: expected.
But what other shade serves the same fierceness as a scarlet lip but still remains a wild card? I of course went about searching for the answer the same way I always solve my problems...by opening YouTube and typing in Destiny’s Child's “Say My Name.” And just like that, a bronzed Beyoncé told me what I should’ve known from the start. Gold is the ride-or-die lipstick for fall.
I do admit, the color sounds intimidating and my initial thought was to wear it with a little bronzer and mascara, nothing crazy. But the minute I applied the shade I knew it could only work one way: DEE-VA, with the eyes to match. Below, I’ve created three bold looks with one gold lipstick. And if I can pull this off while having a cold and fever, then I have full faith in you.
After moisturizing, I massage on Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and let it sit for a few minutes. I then blot in a V-shape YSL Touché Éclat to my under-eye circles and further blend using my index finger.
Next I brush my bushy brows upward and begin to line the edges, starting at the center and extending outward with Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse. I fill in any sparse areas and finish by swiping concealer above and below each brow.
To reach maximum glow and goddess levels, I use Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat, a shimmery brown sugar, across my hairline, jawline, and below cheekbones. (I also decide to forgo blush this round.)
Next I tightline my upper lid with a black pencil and go over it using Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, extending outward and slightly up toward my brow, to create a cat-eye.
I add a touch of Goldmine to the inner corner of each eye and line my bottom lids using a black pencil. For extra drama, I apply Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Sultry and swipe mascara on my outer lashes.
Tying everything together is this post’s inspiration, MAC Lipstick in Frost Gel. I start by scrubbing and priming lips to avoid the color seeping into any cracks and then apply the bronzy-gold lipstick, starting at the middle and working out, using a brush.
Look two takes it one step further. I repeat steps one to three from the previous tutorial and begin to prime lids. Using the Stila In The Moment Eye Shadow Palette, I work Glance, an intense violet, in as the base color and glide Impulse, a pale lavender, from the inner corner to the center of lids.
On the brow bone I sweep Instinct, a white shimmer, and blend Improvise, a bold plum, to the outer corner/crease. Then, with the included Smudge Stick Liner in Tetra, a deep purple, I line my bottom lids into a cat-eye shape.
Last, I line my bottom lids with a black pencil and attach another set of false eyelashes because WHY NOT. We’ve come too far to leave them behind.
And there you have it, how to look like Foxy Cleopatra in a leather dress.
For look number three I want to keep my eyes soft but still create drama. After completing the same three steps, I add a touch of Nars Blush in Dolce Vita along my cheekbones and apply a radiant highlighter above to create a slight glow.
Following priming, I use Instinct to the inner corner of my lids and blend Goldmine Frost Eye Shadow from MAC to the outer corner/crease, making sure to keep it light. Then I line only my upper lids, extending outward and slightly downward at the ends.
Next I apply Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Flirty, which are the most glorious falsies ever. I’ve also been known to wear these while biking around the city just so I can bat my eyes at drivers that pass by (my weekdays are quite boring).
Hey, girl, hey.
- Are you onboard with gold lipstick for fall?
- What are your favorite gold lipstick shades?
- More importantly, are you ready to go full-diva?