How To: The Gold Smoky Eye

By Diana Crisan

A much as we love the intensity and versatility of a deep, dark smoky eye, there’s something special about the glitz and glam of one that’s the shade of, well, jewelry. And some occasions call for looks that go beyond the basics, especially around this time of year. Master *THIS* updated version of the smoldering smoky created by makeup aficionado Marygene Rose, and your eye makeup game will be solid GOLD.


Step 1. Start with a neutralizing primer on the lids like Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to create a smooth base. Then, using a classic blending brush, apply a gold eye shadow shade (we used NYX Baked Shadow in Lavish) to the inner corners of your eyes.

Step 2. Apply a thick cat eye to your upper lid using a black, gel eyeliner. As you wing out the liner, extend it past the crease of your eye and buff it out slightly using a pointed blending brush. Line your lower lash line as well, focusing on the outer half of the eye.

Step 3. Using a flat shadow brush, layer a highly pigmented, gold cream shadow onto lids. Try theMaybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in Bold Gold.

Step 4. Using a small, flat shadow brush, blend out the black liner from your bottom lash line with a dark brown shade for added dimension. Then, smudge for a more intense, smoky effect! Add the gold eye shadow shade to the inner corners of your lower lash line as well.

Step 5. Finish off your look by swiping a matte bronzer onto cheekbones and a nude lipstick to your pout. Add on a gold lip gloss to the middle of your lips and you’re golden — literally!

Photo: Carlos Moscat

Makeup: Marygene Rose

Model: Caitlin Chapman



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