The Best Gold Eyeshadows For Every Skin Tone

*Kacey Musgraves plays softly in the distance*

Updated 10/23/19

Like most people, you probably think of gold eyeshadow as that super flattering cocktail dress in your closet that you can't wait to wear again (as soon as a special occasion presents itself). Sure, we've seen warm bronze shadows take center stage—and we've certainly hit the metal part of the pan with champagne-colored eyeshadows—but pure gold is slowly rising back to the top as one of the most flattering shades anyone can wear. If you've been feeling uninspired with your makeup as of late, consider this your invitation to bring your gold eyeshadow out again and start experimenting. Keep scrolling for a lust-worthy round up of gold eyeshadow looks you won't be able to wait to try on yourself.

Golden Hour

Zendaya most certainly blessed our feed with this natural gold eyeshadow look, which features just the tiniest trace of golden shimmer on the eyelid. She pared the shadow down with glossy lips (no bold color) and mascara, making this is a perfect way to introduce gold into your beat. To recreate this look, you just need to lightly apply shadow to lids—that's it. Pretty easy, right? Perfect for minimal makeup wearers or those with a limited amount of time for beauty in the morning.

Hourglass Cosmetics
Hourglass Cosmetics Scattered Light Eyeshadow in "Gold" $29
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All That Glitters Is Gold

Everything about this look has us dying to get our hands on gold glitter immediately, and we mean immediately. The shimmer and sparkle of this eyeshadow is divine on Priyanka Chopra, and the mix of lighter gold flecks of glitter and deeper toned gold is perfect for her skin tone, creating dimension that looks like a work of art. You can apply as little or as much glitter as you like until you're happy with the results.

glossier play
Glossier Play Glitter Geleé in "Glass Bonsai" $14
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Light And Bright

Just a touch of golden shimmer in the corners of the eyes is what makes Kate Bosworth's eye color instantly pop. While you can most certainly use gold eyeshadow in a variety of ways, inner corner application adds instant highlight to open up the eyes and brighten the overall appearance of your complexion.

Pat McGrath
Pat McGrath Labs EYEDOLS Eye Shadow in "Gold Standard" $25
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Two-Toned and Tailored

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff created this playful, two-toned gold eyeshadow look for Margot Robbie and it's the perfect example of how you can use two eyeshadows from the same color family to create contrast and dimension. By placing the more intense gold color on the lid for high impact, then lightening the brow bone with the softer gold tone, the entire eyeshadow look works together to catch light and shadow in all the right places. Keep layering your shadow onto the lid until you feel you've gotten your desired intensity.

Lorac
Lorac Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette $35
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Metallic Detail

The intricate detail of this gold eyeshadow look that makeup artist Kirin Bhatty created for Nora Lum is seriously mesmerizing. While you might not wear this exact same kind of detail on a daily basis, the metallic swipe of gold eyeshadow all the way up to the brow bone is a great example of how to wear gold and look so chic doing it. The great news? It's actually one of the easiest applications ever. All you need is a metallic gold cream or powder eyeshadow, then smudge on with a fluffy brush (or your finger).

NARS
NARS Single Eyeshadow in "Goldfinger" $19
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The Golden Rule

Queen Bey can wear literally anything, but gold shadow is especially flattering for her flawless complexion. This look shows how you can mix warm neutrals with gold for a tasteful finish. The golden rule? Wear with confidence. Makeup artist Sir John created this look using The Lion King Cosmetics Collection from Luminess Cosmetics.

Luminess
Luminess Cosmetics Sir John x Disney The Lion King Can't Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette $42
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Soft and Sweet

This soft, yellow-gold eyeshadow paired with a nude lip on Halsey has us singing a sweet makeup melody. The gold tone is perfectly applied to frame the top and bottom of the eye with subtle blending. Makeup artist Denika Bedrossian created this look using Melt Cosmetics eyeshadow.

Melt Cosmetics
Melt Cosmetics Gemini Eyeshadow Palette $58
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Jewel Tones

This look on Lupita Nyong'o features shimmering gold eyeshadow all the way up to the brow bone with a touch of green eyeliner underneath the eyes to define her waterline and compliment her rich complexion. Complete with a berry lip, the whole look gives us all the jewel tones we could ever ask for in one stunning makeup creation.

Maybelline
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow in "Bold Gold" $7
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Golden Sizzle

We can't get over this gold eyeshadow paired with a fierce winged eyeliner on Bebe Rexha. The golden tone almost sizzles, and is amplified by a bronze facial contour and glinty highlight.

Too Faced
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Metallic/Matte Eyeshadow Palette $49
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Glam In Gold

This dramatic gold winged eye on Nina Dobrev is giving us all the major glam feels. A perfect look to wear out when you really want to make a statement, makeup artist Vincent Oquendo created this look using a more muted gold tone, crafting a bold wing shape that extends out past the corners of the eye. Paired with a smaller, black wing to accentuate, it takes graphic eye makeup to a whole new level.

Givenchy
Givenchy Ombre Interdite Eyeshadow in "Gold Spirit" $33
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