From gilded gold to brilliant bronze, spring shimmers with a sparkling array of surprisingly wearable metallics. But toss those jewels, dolls. This season your lips, eyes, nails and locks are the accessories du jour.
To look gorgeous in gold, apply this sparkling hue with a light hand and blend expertly. Gold complements most skin tones so this hue is ultra-wearable. Looking gilded rather than gaudy means playing up no more than one feature with gold.
Spotlight the center of your lips with gold to garner a plumper-looking pout, but don't cover lips in shine.
Haute Face's Cream Lipstick in Iced Out serves up sheer and sexy sparkle that won't look sleazy ($21 at www.hauteface.com). Eyes really pop with a touch of the gold stuff, but don't sport this shimmering shade from lash line to upper lid. Remember to pair gilded peepers with neutral lips. Two products we love are Julie Hewitt's Palette Boudoir in Cleo (www.juliehewett.net), a sultry collection for eyes, cheeks and lips, as well as Sephora's Luminous Trio in Bronze ($15 at www.sephora.com), shimmering powders for cheeks, eyes, shoulders, and d?colletage.
Girls who wanna have fun will relish Fr?d?ric Fekkai's irreverent Hi-Lights Hair Mascara in Gold ($20 at www.beautysak.com). The brush-on highlights serve up luminous temporary color crafted of diamond powder and crushed pearl.
Copper's rich, deep hue is ideal for women with more color in their skin, from those with olive skin tones to deep mahogany. In fact, Beyonc? is often pictured sporting this shade of shimmering bronze.
Those looking to make a statement from head to toe will adore Julie Hewitt's Shimmy, an all-over face and body shimmer ($22 at www.juliehewett.net). Ideal for face, eyes, lips and body, Shimmy is easy to apply — just swipe on the richly pigmented hues like finger paint. For spring, try Cleo or Goldie.
On eyes, opt for Victoria's Secret's Beauty Rush Liquid Glitter Liner in Copperhot ($7 at Victoria's Secret) paired with Tarte's Lock & Roll creaseless eye shadow duo in Bronze ($17 at www.tartecosmetics.com). Tarte's two-step waterproof eye shadow starts with a sheer wash of cream shadow followed by a coordinating roll-on, loose mineral-based shadow that won't crease. Complement copper lids with a molten metal manicure. We like Dashing Diva's nail polish in Cinnamon Shimmer ($7.99 at www.dashingdiva.com).
Silver screen goddess
You too can smolder in silver a la Jennifer Lopez with Lorac's On Screen Duo in Champagne & Caviar, a dark gray and champagne shimmer powder highlighter and cream eye shadow and liner duo ($24 at Sephora). Next, line eyes with your pick of Color Theory by Cynde Watson's Precious Eyes eye color pencils, sold in a set that includes three double-ended pencils overflowing with the season's hippest metallics, including Pearl/Pewter, Amethyst/Platinum and Onyx/Bronze ($29.95 at www.hsn.com).
Because silver is inherently more subtle, feel free to play up that pout by applying your favorite shade of lip color and liner followed by Napoleon Perdis' D?Vine Goddess Lipgloss in Marilyn ($25 at www.napoleonperdis.com), an iridescent pearl that Napoleon himself calls "Girl Power in a Gloss."
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.