As the holidays approach, we are inspired by the many holidays and celebrations that are going on around us.
On Tuesday, Diwali, also known as Deepavali, was celebrated as a national holiday in 11 countries. The translation means, The Festival of Lights. Many people decorate their homes with lights and candles and often candies and gifts are exchanged.
We pulled inspiration from the lanterns, candles and fireworks that cast a golden glow everywhere you look.
When Fendi’s models walked the runway debuting the Spring 2012 collection, they also debuted a cool new makeup trend – gold leafing. This is a statement look can be achieved with gold leafing that is purchased in any craft store and glitter adhesive (we recommend using Duo Lash Glue for eye area leafing as it’s ophthalmologist tested and waterproof). You can try a number of looks (as shown above) eyeliner, full lid and just in the corners of the lid.
The golds, oranges and reds of this look are perfect for our Diwali-inspired makeup. This is a great example of how mattes can create a great look without taking it over the top. Had this look be done in shimmery colors, it would be less versatile and not a daytime look.
Gold looks absolutely stunning on darker skin tones. This gold eye makeup has such dimension and looks fantastic. A great way to achieve this look is with a cream eye shadow so that it has that ‘liquid metal’ effect. We love MAC’s “Bare Study” and “Constructivist” for everyone’s makeup bag to create lighter, brighter metallic eyes as well as Constructivist for a darker, smokier metallic look. For a high-shine metallic look in a liquid shadow we adore Chanel’s Ombre D’eau in “Delta” and “Torrent”.
A less subtle way to achieve this look would be to use pigment. Pigment will look more shimmery, but can also look great. (See Below). Pro tip: work on your eye makeup first when designing a look using pigments (or anything with glitter). This way, if there is “fall out” (shadow that ends up in places you don’t want like under the eye or cheek bones) you can clean it up effortlessly using a little moisturizer and a makeup sponge.
One can only dream to have a holiday party where they can wear such an amazing look. The creamy texture of the black liner looks amazing next to the gold lid and golden brown pigment. Make sure to use eye primer so that the cream liner and golden lid don’t crease. The golden brown pigment looks fantastic as a brow low-light and pulled down onto the top of the cheekbone.
Lanterns and candles have a soft feeling to them. This look is a softer inspiration that is wearable anytime. This model’s fresh face and nude lips ensure that the focus is on the tame golden-smokey eyes. The inner-half of the lid is a beautiful golden color with hints of shimmer that meets a medium-brown matte color for an overall stunning look.