We are entering the Gilded Age. Gold, metallic makeup, perfected by stars like Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Keira Knightley, is big for the holiday season. Celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, who has worked with Debra Messing, Nicollette Sheridan and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, shows several ways you can get the Midas Touch.
Remember, a little gold goes a long way - so pick one area to focus on at a time - not all at once!
“Ideal for all eye and hair colors, Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust # 1 (Shiny Gold) lets you be daring and sophisticated at the same time. Experiment with NP Set Loose Dust Duo in Egypt: its duo gold shades can be adjusted to your liking and used as a color on the lid and brow bone. Would look gorgeous on ‘Ugly Betty’ star Becki Newton,” Napoleon says. www.Napoleonperdis.com
Instead of the typical black liner, lighten up with gold! NARS, a fave of Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett-Smith, has a liquid gold lame eyeliner named appropriately enough, “Showgirl.” Liner is a great way to get in on the trend and experiment with color without doing an entire gold eye. www.narscosmetics.com
For some extra bling, “I adore the new limited-edition Shu Uemura 24K Gold Eyelash curler,” Napoleon says. “It’s luxurious gold look certainly stands out in any makeup case and the curler works wonders.” www.sephora.com
“Chanel Highlighting Powder is a multitasking shimmer that can be used all over the face and other parts of the body, always a winner in my book,” Napoleon says. “Use it as a highlighter on medium to dark skin or as a contouring shimmer on lighter skin tones. Amp up the Cleopatra factor with an extra lick of gold shimmer on your eyes and decolletage.” www.chanel.com
“Bobbi Brown Lip Glaze is a flattering shade of gold which adds a subtle sparkle to the lips.” Gold glazes are a perfect compliment to bolder eyeshadows this season. Napoleon advises you pair a sexy, smoky eye with an understated gold lip for a breathtaking look. www.neimanmarcus.com
“Even in winter, Napoleon Perdis After Sun Body Oil adds a jet set shimmer to pale skin and it can be adjusted to any tone. Mix with your moisturizer for a more subtle sparkle or apply directly to skin to achieve that gorgeous J. Lo glow!” adds Napoleon.
“Gold polish is appropriate for nails short and long, women of every age and on every skin tone. Wear it to the office party,” suggests Napoleon. Deborah Lippmann Collection in Nefertiti is a perfect golden frost. $15 www.lippmanncollection.com
As for fragrance, Napoleon likes “Comme des Garcons 888 Eau de Parfum. Its nugget-like bottle is a little treasure and the seductive juice is meant to reproduce the scent of gold.”
TODAY’S BEAUTY BONUS!
For some of the real stuff, Rocca Skincare uses all natural 24 Karat gold in its products. The new eco-friendly line, which is used by makeup artists on the sets of “Dancing With the Stars” and “Samantha Who?” features cleanser, eye cream, moisture and C-Gold gel, which promise to tap into the natural healing properties of gold. www.roccaskincare.com