Going for the Gold: 7 Metallic-Inspired Beauty Products
The Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games is tonight! What better way to get into the spirit for the games than by adding some metallic shades to your beauty routine? We’ve rounded up our beauty product picks for a winning look.
SpaRitual makes Olympic-spirit fingers easy with their special edition Gold collection. Each of the six shades is infused with real 24-karat gold particles, which give off a natural shimmer, perfect for summer. Founder Shel Pink was inspired by the “symbol of mental growth and general wellbeing” when creating this vegan collection, free of DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. Colors in the collection include:
• Gilded Age – rose gold
• Alchemy – white gold
• Aurum – pure gold
• Electrum – golden khaki
• Conduit – copper hued
• Rusted Lux – golden terracotta
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Guerlain’s L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Make-up Base is also infused with 24-karat gold flecks which act as mini complexion perfectors and help skin retain moisture for up to eight hours. This cooling gel primer enhances and tightens skin while smoothing fine lines to provide the optimum base for applying makeup. $71 at Nordstrom.com
Benefit’s Sun Beam is a golden bronze highlighter that serves up a natural, sun-kissed look. Application is a lot like nail polish but for the cheeks and brow bones – dot and blend towards the hairline for a radiant glow. I love to use it over Benefit’s Hoola matte bronzer for a winning look! $26 at benefitcosmetics.com
Leading Lips: Pucker Up with Gilded Shades
Smashbox O-GLOSS GOLD Intuitive Lip Gloss With Goji Berry-C Complex™ goes on gold and turns into the perfect shade of gilded peach to match your skin tone. Formulated with mirco-circulating Goji Berry-C Complex™, gingko biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, revitalizing marine botanicals, and moisturizing avocado oil, O-GLOSS GOLD puts your pout ahead of the pack. $23 at sephora.com
Violent Lips Lip Tattoos in The Strawberry Lemonade – Glitteratti Mix are perfect for ladies that want an in-your-face look to celebrate the games. Ombre is a trend that will not soon go away and The Strawberry Lemonade shade from Violent Lips is a gradient that won’t smudge or blend, giving you a look that will last way past the Opening Ceremonies. Online tutorials help with application if you have trouble. $14.95 at violentlips.com
“Get the London look” for the London 2012 Olympic Games with Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD in The Heart of Gold. The brand’s first creamy powder eye-shadow with Velvet-HD technology uses prismatic pigments that catch the light at multiple angles so you’re glowing at every turn. Four shades come in each palette and work together to create a coordinated and complementary smoky eye effect. The palette gets into the spirit of the games even more due to its Union Jack design. $5.69 at ulta.com
Unlike most self-tanners, Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel doesn’t have a lingering scent after application but rather takes on the signature scent of the line, Privet Bloom, a delicate aroma that blends Lily of the Valley, white hyacinth, sea spray, dune grass, blue plum and privet blossom. The gel is ideal for sunless tanning beginners, as the color is buildable, natural and, most importantly, streak-free when applied evenly. The all-natural, organic ingredients include walnut oil, aloe and vitamins A through E, which leave the skin gloriously soft. After a few hours, you are left with a tan that has you looking like you spent the weekends in the Hamptons. $32 at hamptonsun.com
Finish in First with a Shimmery Glow
Top off your look with jane iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust. You can apply to the eyes, cheeks and lips for a “delicately gilded look” that highlights your best features. To get a shimmery glow all-over add a small amount to your favorite moisturizer, which will really enhance a summer tan! You can even add some to your go-to hair gel or leave-in conditioner for a sparkle that will make you the “mane” attraction. $12.50 at shop.janeiredale.com
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