5 day style challenge: Going for Gold
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My usual style of make-up can best be described as a natural-ish look. I wear just enough to cover my blemishes and dampen my insecurities, but not really enough for my beauty products to be noticeable.
I generally feel most comfortable with a little BB cream, a little mascara, and a little brow definition. Nice and simple.
This week, I decided that it was time I got out of my comfort-zone. I wanted to try the most daring looks I could think of and challenge myself to take some beauty risks; each day I wore a different bold, gold beauty product in the hope of facing my fear of eye-catching make-up.
Here's how I got on...Day 1 - Nails
Nail polish: 'Color Riche Oil Nail Varnish', L'Oréal
I wanted to ease myself into the challenge gently on day 1, so I started with the one beauty product I've never shied away from. Unlike make-up, I am not afraid to go bold with my nail polish. Playing it safe and sticking to what I knew for the beginning of the challenge, I began the week by introducing a little gold to my style without it feeling like too big a step.
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Gilded brow tint: ‘Spun Gold’, H&M
It’s safe to say that I had never felt inclined to tint my eyebrows gold before this week. Considering I bought my first ever brown eyebrow pencil about a month ago, this style took a lot of courage for me to try.
Although I was apprehensive, especially when leaving home and going out in public, I've got to admit that wearing this make-up was so much more fun than I had thought it would be. I was even compared to someone from the Hunger Games which is something I hadd never expected to hear.
This brow tint made my day a little bit brighter, and I was starting to think that maybe bold make-up wasn't quite as scary as I had first thought.
Day 3 - Eyes
Liquid eyeliner: ‘All That Jazz’, H&M
On day 3, I went bold and bright with glittery gold flicks. Black eyeliner and I have never seen eye-to-eye so I was slightly dreading this look.
However, it turns out that gold eyeliner is my new favourite thing. The lines’ dazzling brightness did a wonderful job of attracting attention away from the asymmetry of each eye's eyeliner. Overall, I was actually quite pleased with how it looked and loved stepping outside with sparkling eyes.
Day 3 was a good day; I was made-up with this make-up.
Day 4 - Cheeks
Eyeshadow: ‘Golden Light’, H&M
Day 4 was disappointing. I had been getting used to the bold, gold look and I was excited to try out golden cheeks. Adding a shimmery eyeshadow under my eye and along my cheekbones, I had high hopes for the end result.
In hindsight, maybe eyeshadow wasn’t ideal for my cheeks - the gold powder was not a deep enough colour to stand out on my face. If I looked closely, I could see some sparkles under my eyes in the light. Otherwise, it didn’t seem too different to my standard natural-ish make-up style and I was firmly back in my comfort-zone.
In only a few days, I had already started to enjoy being more adventurous with make-up; I was surprised to find myself wishing for something more daring than shimmering cheeks.
Day 5 - Lips
Lipstick: ‘Color Riche Gold Obsession Lipstick’, L’Oréal
To make up for a distinct lack of gold on day 4, I ended the week in style with the boldest lipstick I have ever had the courage to wear.
Usually only sticking to shades of pinks and reds, gold lipstick would have felt completely beyond what I was comfortable with before this week. Now, having spent an entire day this week with gold-tinted eyebrows, it was easy.
I had expected to spend the entire day self-conscious about how shiny and noticeable my lipstick was, but it felt completely normal to spend a day with gold-coloured lips and I was so pleased with how it looked.
At the end of this 5 day style challenge, I have officially been won over by the beauty of gold make-up. I had no reason to be fearful of the stand-out make-up and beauty style before this week. In fact, it now looks like my make-up style is about to get a whole lot bolder.