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She’s Got the Midas Touch …
Fri, 11 May 2012 1:18PM
One might say shimmering gold beauty products are best reserved for the festive season, the red carpet and Saturday nights out on the town and, in most cases I would say this is a wise move, Primpettes. But as we all know, beauty rules are (sometimes) meant to be broken. After all, there’s nothing like a dewy complexion with a few well-placed golden highlights, or a slick of metallic nail polish to take your beauty look to a whole new level. I’m taking my cue from the resurgence of gilt-hued looks of late, both on the runway and red carpet.
Case study #1, Seal, The Voice guru and nail polish extraordinaire. While his first foray into nails came via a pop of neon yellow, we also spotted him rocking gold on set for The Voice, and again at a soirée last night for the hit show at Bondi Icebergs. Miss Frou Frou manicurist Donna Duggan from Valonz in Sydney tended to his talons last night, painting them with Miss Frou Frou in Gold Digger, $24.95, 02 9360 2444, a super-metallic, liquid gold. Take a closer look:
But if you didn’t want to take a (gold) leaf out of Seal’s book, Blake Lively is also known to work the shimmering shade, and Rihanna sported a metallic mani at this year’s Grammy’s, infused with 24K gold at a whopping $US5,000 a bottle. Fortunately, there are a few more affordable options that you can take for a test drive, like Miss Frou Frou, Sally Hansen Gem Crush Nail Colour in Big Money, $9.95, 1800 812 663, or the new Chanel Le Vernis in Gold Fingers, $39, 1300 CHANEL. It’s is a gorgeous sheer, golden yellow shade with subtle flecks of glitter throughout. It played a starring role in my day two mani at fashion week.
Complete with an X marks the spot, golden goddesses hit the runway at Watson X Watson at MBFWA ’12. For a flawless base, makeup artist Liz Kelsh for Max Factor used the Second Skin Foundation, $36.50, 1800 181 040, and then to achieve a luminous glow she swept Colour Precision Eye Shadow in Beige, 19.95, over the lid, then along the along the cheekbones, acting as a highlighter. It has this really beautiful soft, lightweight powder feel with plenty of staying power. And a cute-as applicator. See? So pretty and glowy.
If this shimmering golden look is one you want to replicate, well, immediately, then I suggest you take a look at this limited edition palette from Chanel. It hit counters this week as a tribute to the newly remodelled Chanel boutique in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas de Chanel Lucky Stripes, $90, 1300 CHANEL, embodies the glitz and glamour of the infamous strip of casino lights and the desert sands. With four shades ranging from warm bronze to pale gold and a luminous pearl, it works equally as well as both a swipe of bronzer, providing the perfect pop of highlighting shimmer along your cheekbones, or as a wash of neutral shadow over your lids.
So Primpettes, there’s your one way ticket aboard the gold train. Will you be jumping on board?
Do you like gold nail polish?
How gorgeous is that Chanel palette?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett