Holiday makeup doesn’t have to shout. Beautifully uncomplicated, these incandescent gold-and copper-hued cosmetics cast a luminous, dewy sheen onto any skin tone—and with nary a fleck of glitter or frost. Tap one across cheekbones, or layer it over eyelids or lips. It’s your time to shine.
Dazzle them at this season’s festivities with an ethereal look that can be created with just one shimmery addition to your makeup bag, says New York City makeup artist Matin Maulawizada. The key: Pick a super-sheer metallic powder, liquid highlighter, or gloss; then apply it to eyes, cheeks, or lips. Soft golds and rose golds flatter fair skin tones, while richer shades and deeper bronzes enhance darker ones. Wear these cosmetics alone or over your favorite colors. Here, our top picks.
Fair to Medium Skin
Brush Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eye Shadow, in The Glo Down. $4, maybelline.com.
Apply Tatcha Camellia Gold Spun Lip Balm on top of lipstick, or wear it solo: “It gives a playful glint,” says Maulawizada. $30, tatcha.com.
Medium to Dark Skin
Dab Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Gloss, in Blitz Gold. $28, patmcgrath.com.
Use a fluffy brush to apply Laura Mercier Face Illuminator, in Addiction. $44, lauramercier.com.