With the holidays and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, everyone and their mother is breaking out the red lipstick and smoky eyeshadow as their go-to festive look. Now, there’s nothing wrong with red lips and a smoky eye, but if you’re looking to stand out this year, we have something a little more unique for your consideration: gold leaf.
Yes, those crinkly sheets of gold that you may have seen at the craft store can be used as a beauty tool — and a really neat one at that. It’s usually pretty inexpensive, and it’s also surprisingly versatile. You can use it for nail art, to decorate your hair, gild your eyelids, and more. Used sparingly, you can create a beauty look that's unexpected, but not overdone or tacky. A hint of gold leaf in your hair or by your eyes lends just the right amount of glamour for a special night.
First, you’ll need to get your hands on some gold leaf. Real gold leaf is the safest kind to use on your skin and near your eyes, but it will be more expensive and harder to work with because it is delicate. Another option is the imitation kind, which needs to be used with caution near the eyes but won’t tear and flake quite as much as the real thing. It’s also cheaper. You should be able to find both kinds at your local arts-and-crafts store. Now, read on for inspiration and instructions on what to do once you get your hands on it.