Diwali firestarter: Gold and rose gold
Date: 08 nov 2017

We’re unabashedly dipping into the sunshine shade this festive season. Here’s some solid gold inspo for you, no matter if your beauty personality is minimalist or maximalist—or lies somewhere in-between - By Parizaad Khan Sethi

“Gold? For Diwali? Groundbreaking.” Miranda Priestly might have executed a dramatic eye roll at the thought of wearing the tried-and-tested metallic shade (or it’s blushing, pink-hued cousin) for the party season, but we’re sticking to tradition.

For the minimalist

Instead of an all-over gleam, deploy the gold strategically. A subtle route you can take is to use the glow-making effects of gold on your skin. An illuminating primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Radiance can go on before your foundation, bathing skin in a real-life Valencia filter.

For the maximalist

No beauty girl steps into a party without hitting pan on their favourite highlighter, and we’re no different. But even maximalists know the value of restraint and luminate judiciously. One of our favourites is the Smashbox Gold Spotlight Palette. Using a fluffy shadow brush (small eyeshadow brushes allow you to place highlighter in a more precise way), lightly sweep one of the three shades across brow bones and temples, over the Cupid’s bow and on the top of your cheekbones. We use another shade from the palette as an eyeshadow and press the third over a cherry red lipstick, creating a metallic red lip. Finish the look with mascara, and you’re ready to glow.

For more adventurous souls, turn the light up higher by luminizing the same parts of the face mentioned above with the Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Gold and then going over those areas with a light dusting of the powder highlighter. The combination of powder layered over the cream will give a glow that’s closer to Midas than man. This creamy wash of sunlight on the skin can also be added to the inner corners of the eyes, on the collarbones, and the tops of the shoulders.

For the non-conformist

M·A·C Metallic Pro Pigment, when used with a damp eyeliner brush, is basically molten metal. Use the Rose Gold shade to draw a fine cat eye hugging your upper lash line and flicking out in the corner. For a bigger one-two punch, use pigment in Gold to line the lower lash line for a clean, mixed-metal eye.

Diwali firestarter: Gold and rose gold
Parizaad Khan Sethi

is a beauty and wellness editor based in New York. She was the former beauty editor at Vogue India and now serves as a contributing editor for the magazine. At age 5, Parizaad fell in love with an old cream blush she found in the back of her mother’s drawer, and has been in awe of the transformative power of beauty ever since. When she’s not writing about beauty, she researches advances in skincare as a hobby, and is constantly guinea-pigging herself in the name of beauty.