Gold Rush For Beginners

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I went out of my comfort zone, dabbling with stronger make up for the party season.

Click to see what I used…

Elf baked eyeshadows

Make up used all found at Target:

Sonia Kashuk Holiday Brush set (good Christmas gift)

CoverGirl Queen Collection lipgloss in Copper Bliss

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Eye Art in Dessert Dazzle (once dry this stays put until you take it off)

L’oreal Extra Intense Eyeliner in Black  (my fave liner pencil for what?  three years?)

Ardell lashes

Maybelline Fit Me blush in Medium Coral  (I’m always looking for the perfect coral blush)

holiday make up

First, I applied the Revlon cream shadow all over the lid, blending fast with my fingers.  This dries fast!

Revlon Photoready Eye Art

Switched ends for the gold flecks. I took this because it’s gold and green in one product versus buying two separates.

party make up ideas

Gold flecks over the green shadow…

Christmas make up ideas

…brown in the crease from the Elf baked shadow trio.

how to apply false lashes

Being this is a full on party make up idea, I added false lashes to my non-existant ones.

Normally I don’t wear them but their transformative affect has always been oddly appealing.

Ardell eyelashes

Once the lash glue dried, I lined with the usual L’oreal eye pencil, extending a little past the outer corner.

Loreal black liquid eye pencil

The Maybelline Fit Me coral blush on the cheek apples.

Elf baked eyeshadow trio

The coppery gold section from the Elf shadow.  I used it for highlighting instead of buying a separate.

ardell eyelashes

I applied it on the cheek bones and nose bridge.

CoverGirl Queen lipgloss

Lips last with the Copper Bliss lipgloss over an old brown lip liner.

gold face and body highlighters

I skipped jewelry and used more Elf gold from the baked eye shadow trio on the collarbone.

Party make up ideas


Ta dar *arms outstretched.*

One make up look to try for the season.  The tricky part was adding the lashes but the rest was straight forward.

 I kept the outfit simple: a mens suit with nothing under the jacket (except well placed adhesive!)


  1. RochelleRodneyMassop says:

    Beautiful! some great products there I might have to try myself. And i love the look of those brushes 😀

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      I love the gold stars in the brush handles. A pretty Christmas gift idea I thought. Do let me know if you try any of the make up.

  2. keepinitretro says:

    Love the green/gold glitter eyes and beautiful lashes. Just started wearing false lashes again after a very long hiatus. They do make a huge impact! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Oh God I think I want to get another pair! I didn’t realize that they came in such a huge variety until recently.

  3. Lindsey via Vegas says:

    Just stunning….and festive without being too garish..thank you as always.
    Lindsey via Vegas

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      So glad you said that! I was worried it was a bit much but hopefully this shows a do-able way to attempt it!

  4. Maudochrome says:

    I love glitters ! Thanks for sharing this idea 🙂

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Thx Maudochrome – me too although this was definitely full on!

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