Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dash of Rose Gold on a Bronzey Smoke

This post was always in my mind but I never really executed it. This is a classic eye that is all races, all clothes, all occasions and uber-easy to do. I was so longing to use the MAC pigment called Rose Gold (as my friend Rashmi and me went gaga over it. See her review here). Rose Gold is a metallic pigment that maybe discontinued from the regular lines and could be a MAC Pro pigment. Its a beautiful antique gold fine milled powder and is very versatile in its use.

I always wanted to try this pigment due to its versatility on eyes, cheeks and lips and how gorgeous it would look. Rose Gold can go as a beautiful highlighter for darker skins and it would make the skin radiant and glowing and also could be sheered down on lips by mixing with clear gloss. Waiting for someone to use Rose Gold on nails too. Hope Illamasqua has something.

A classic bronze-black eye can really be smoldered and amplified with a dash of Rose Gold pigment and its does a get a surreal touch. So lets see this flattering tutorial............

Conceal the lids and prime the eyes. I am on a hunt for a better concealer and tied up between Clinique Even Better Concealer or MAC Studio finish. This one is Clinique All About Eyes though.

Draw a thick line on the upper lid and inner rims and water line of the lower lid with Bourjois Khol and contour eye pencil in Noir Expert. This pencil has passed the test of time and shall be declared as my official pencil for bridals this season onwards. Although not intensely black like the Ultra Black one, this pencil is still a winner and I would prefer this one as it compliments the tones of makeup without overpowering them with black the way ultra-black does.

Blend to soften the lines and create a perfect base for smokey eyes. I used Estee Lauder's Eyeshadow brush no.25 to soften the upper lid and Shiseido's Small eye brush for the lower lids.

I advice not to drag and blend the pencil above the crease as we want the eyes to be demure and not ultra dark. If you see a faint line of fleshy skin seen through the black diffusion. That's my real crease and there's where the pencil should end.

With MAC 217 brush dab on some MAC Mineralize eyeshadow in Interview (Bronze shade) over the entire lid which is mapped by the blended eye pencil.

With the same Shiseido small eye brush used for blending the eye pencil, smoke out the bronze eyeshadow on the lower lid. The remnant black in the pencil adds a darker nuance to the bronze. Also highlight the brow bone with MAC Naked Pigment.

Blend a taupe shimmer from the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Midnight Madness on to the crease with a Scott Barnes Crease Brush. Since this brush is discontinued you can use a Lancome precision brush to do the job as we want to load the color softly and diffuse the bronze into the taupe without looking conspicuous. (Sorry for that technical jargon).

With a clean Sigma E25 brush dab some MAC Pigment in Rose Gold on the centre of the lid and blend it a bit sidewards. Remember it should be applied as an accent and not cover the entire lid. So if you have small eyes, use the pigment sparingly and increase the amount as your eye shape goes bigger and wider. Also observe that Rose Gold is not applied above the crease and is just on the centre of lid to make the eyes look glamorous. (All thanks to wonderful tips from Pat McGrath)

Dot some Rose Gold pigment on the lower lid in the centre to  make a reflection of the upper lid. See how the dark smokey eye lights up. I have always admired this effect. Will do another tutorial like this with an aqua green shimmer on the centre.

Curl lashes and apply several coats of Revlon Customeyes mascara. You can comb through the lashes but leave them natural and a bit boyish to add softer touches to the makeup. 

For an additional drama add some nuances of MAC Powerpoint pencil in Gilded White in the inner corners to bring in some light there too.

Let the foundation allow the skin to breathe so a tinted moisturizer and spot concealing is a better deal. Don't be scared to mix some sheer illuminating bronzer into your foundation and concealer. Chanel's Sheer Illuminating Bronzer is so uber cool and goes very well when mixed with Givenchy Hydrasparkle tint in Gold. For a better coverage I suggest Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra or Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15. They give the best flawless coverage and yet look dewy. For concealers I am still liking my age old Clinique All About eyes concealer but will upgrade soon.
Overtly bronzed face can look tacky according to Tom Pecheux (he said this while making up the angels at Victoria's Secret Fashion show) so we go for a dewy glow instead. Powder the T zone and keep the cheek area bare and powderfree. Contour with a cream based contour (foundation) or a bronzing base like Chanel Soleil de tan bronzer. For the oilies, use a cocoa colored bronzer like Benefit Hoola or Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and use it as a contour only, keeping it subtle. Stay away from orange toned bronzers. For the dewy effect lay on highlighting gels or liquid shimmers. I am in love with Benefit Sunbeam, Stila Kitten Highlighter (beige pink) or NARS Orgasm Illuminator this season. For the ones who insist on blush can use a coral toned blush or cheek stains. The chocolate color from L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows is the easiest way to get the smokey eye and dabbing a golden pigment creates amazing sunset eyes.
Drench the lips in a subtle shimmery lippy or lip gloss without being overtly done. I loved Clinique Long last glosswear in Knockout nude which is perfect compliment for the smoldering eyes. Also are lovely bronze and beige tones in Estee Lauder, Bourjois and Max Factor for some one to try. If this is a bridal look, then Max Factor Lipfinity lip color in Spiritual is amazing and long lasting. Top it up with some gloss though.

So thats the glamrous all occasion look just for you. 
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Stay in place foundation
  • Clinique All About eyes concealer
  • Kryolan Translucent Powder
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • NARS Orgasm Illuminator
  • Clinique Long last glosswear SPF 15 in Knockout nude
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadows in Midnight Madness and Interview
  • MAC Pigments in Naked and Rose Gold
  • Bourjois Khol and contour pencil in Noir Expert
  • MAC Powerpoint pencil in Gilded White
  • Shiseido Eye lash curler
  • Revlon Custom Eyes mascara in Black
Hope you liked this long tutorial.

Till then,


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  1. gorg look..thanks for the detailed def trying this out

    1. Thanks a lot Preetha. Its easy and effective!! Do try it out and lemme know.

    2. Thanks a lot Preetha. Its easy and effective!! Do try it out and lemme know.

  2. Its so beautiful. Will definitely try this look sometime.

  3. Thats an awesome look Neeraj..bronze, taupe and rose gold..what a combo !!

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    Please accept ♥ I love your blog ^_^ ♥

  5. Oh my god!!
    You rock!!!
    Loved the Eye makeup

  6. Oh my God Neeraj.. superb! :-)

  7. Khol Blending is superb.. Loved it even before eye shadow is applied..
    It is a hit & miss for me.. I dont get it every time.. May be i need to practice more.. :(


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