There’s something unexpected about a flash of rose gold jewelry against the skin—which may explain fashion’s full-blown obsession with the metal this season, from Linda Farrow’s pink–toned cat eye sunglasses to Givenchy’s shark tooth single statement earring.
Now, just in time for fall, the shade’s influence is making its way into your makeup bag, too. While “yellow gold shades have a lot of green in them, which isn’t always flattering,” rose gold strikes a finer balance between warm and cool undertones, explains the makeup artist Alice Lane, meaning it looks great on practically everyone. And with its ability to bridge the gap between sun-kissed summer skin and paler fall complexions, it may just be the perfect transitional makeup shade to invest in right now.
For a seamless wash across the eyes, try Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow (in Rio De Rose Gold), which leaves the faintest glimmering liquid veil on the lids. Nars’s Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (in Iraklion) can be traced along the lash lines for a more subtle effect, or Lane suggests lightly dotting a similar shade on the inner corners of your eyes instead, as a highlight.
A dab of Trish McEvoy 24-Hour Eye Shadow and Liner (in Rose Quartz) can even be dotted onto lips with a fingertip for a trompe l’oeil hint of pretty luster, while Dolce & Gabbana nail lacquer (in Daphne) leaves a decorative, cellophane-like varnish on nails.
For those who can’t get enough of the luxe metallic? Guerlain’s Abeille Royale Intense Restoring Lift Nourishing Day Cream comes in a heavy rose gold–capped jar that’s guaranteed to make your vanity shine.