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Go for the Gold: Gilded Eyes Tutorial

The Olympic games may be over, but gold, silver, and bronze continue to be coveted. Metallic shades are hot right now in beauty and fashion, as evidenced by the gilded eyes that graced the runways of New York Fashion Week. The catwalk look was intense, with lids positively coated in sparkling glitter. I’ve taken the look down a notch for this tutorial to make it more wearable, but make no mistake, this tutorial still offers a bold nighttime look with plenty of glimmer. Best of all, it should only take about 5 minutes from start to finish. Try it for date night, a party, girl’s night out, or any occasion that calls for  a little sparkle.

Get the step-by-step how-to for golden gilded eyes below.

  • Go for the Gold: Glided Eyes Tutorial 1 of 14
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  • Gather Materials 2 of 14
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    You will need:

     

    Eyeshadow primer (I used Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer)

    Neutral nude shadow (I used a shade from Smashbox Click You're It Holiday Eye Palette)

    Gold eyeshadow (I used Inglot Eye Shadow 430)

    Bronze eyeshadow (I used a shade from Smashbox Click You're It Holiday Eye Palette)

    Loose gold glitter (I used Inglot Body Sparkles 63)

    Dark bronze cream liner (I used Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eyeliner in Deep Bronze)

    Eyelash curler (optional)

    Mascara (I used Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara)

    Eyeshadow brushes

    Liner brush

    Blending brush

  • Prime Lids 3 of 14
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    Start by applying eye shadow primer to your entire lid.

  • Apply Shadow Base 4 of 14
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    Next, apply a nude or light peach/beige shadow to your entire lid by lightly tapping the shadow onto your lids. This base layer of shadow makes everything easier to blend later on.

  • Apply Gold Shadow 5 of 14
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    Tap a shimmery gold shadow on to your lids, blending just above the crease.

  • Add Depth 6 of 14
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    For a little depth, I added a touch of bronze shadow to the outer corners of my eyes and blended it up into the crease.

  • Blend 7 of 14
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    Using small circular motions and a light touch, blend the shadow colors and soften edges using a blending brush.

  • Clean Up Fallout 8 of 14
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    If any shadow fell from your brushes onto the area below your eyes, you'll want to clean that up now. I used a makeup remover wipe, but you can also sweep excess color away with a large powder brush or washcloth.

  • Line Bottom Lids 9 of 14
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    Using the same bronze shadow, lightly line your bottom lash line with an eyeliner brush.

  • Get Gilded 10 of 14
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    Now for the fun part! Dip an eyeshadow brush into your loose glitter tap off the excess. Holding a business card or folded tissue under your eye to protect you under eye area from fallout, dab onto your lids up to the crease. Repeat until the desired amount of glitter is applied.

  • Line Upper Lids 11 of 14
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    Use a dark bronze cream liner to trace the upper lash line.

  • Curl Eyelashes 12 of 14
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    If necessary, use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes.

  • Apply Mascara 13 of 14
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    Add a healthy coat of your favorite black mascara to upper and lower lashes.

  • Ready to Party! 14 of 14
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    Go off and be fabulous.

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