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Brown Glitzy Polishes: PUPA Lasting Color Glossy Nail Polish in 809 and GOSH Nail Lacquer in 612 Galaxy

A fan of neutral nails? Update them for Fall with formulas that have plenty of glitz in them! I’m not talking glitter polishes. I’m talking about those that contain a truck-load of ultra-fine natural or synthetic mica particles in multiple colors.

A long-time favorite of mine is Chanel’s Graphite, but here are 2 affordable shades that look oh-so-chic and neutral, and at the same time really glam and sparkly.

809 is a deep sparkly polish with bronze-brown-gold-pink-olive flecks that goes on evenly and becomes opaque in 2-3 coats. 

GOSH Galaxy goes on beautifully in 2 coats and does not translate well on camera, but is gorgeous in real life because the olive gold tones are shot through with unexpected blue sparks.

The bonus is they have all the sparkle effect of glitter polishes, but dry smooth to the touch and are not a pain to remove.

What are some of your favorite sparkly mica polishes?

One Gold Shadow, Four Looks in Varying Intensities

I haven’t played enough with my gorgeous pan of Sephora Mono Eyeshadow No 3, aptly named Girls’ Night Out. And isn’t this what we tend to do? Pick up a beautiful shade and then hardly use it because it looks so dramatic.

Well in the “pictorial” below, I’m transforming the look from simple to dramatic in 4 stages, by adding different brushes and shadows along the way.

Essential steps/items:

Black liquid liner

Black mascara

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Look 1:

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Next essential step:

Mascara

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To Transform it into Look 2: Gold Lid

Apply black liner as before.

Item needed:

Flat eyeshadow brush

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Then finish with black mascara.

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To transform it into Look 3: Gold Smoke

Apply black liner as usual.

Additional item needed:

Matte brown shadow (I used Revlon Matte shadow in Rich Sable)

Pencil brush or small blending brush

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Make sure to fade out the matte brown so there are no hard lines.

Then apply mascara if you haven’t.

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To transform it into Look 4: Golden Eye

Apply black liquid liner as before.

Then, the additional item needed:

Buffing brush

Charcoal or brown shadow

Pencil brush

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Finish with mascara if you haven’t applied it.

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If you’re doing what I did and transitioning from a simple day look to a weekend look, to a sultry look, then to a dramatic party look, you can just follow the images in sequence and just build up the intensity.

Have fun!

Copper and Pink Metallic Eye with Black Liner
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This is a strong, colorful eye, with a defined lash line that reminds me of Peking Opera. Besides having to be careful with liquid liner near the waterline, it’s very easy to do.
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Step 1: Apply a metallic coppery shade to the inner half of the lids, then a rich fuschia pink to the outer half. You can find shades in both the 88 Shimmer Palette, as well as MAC Pigments.

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Step 2: Apply a strong black line to the upper lids, extending beyond the outer corners slightly. The line should be thicker at the outer corners, but not overly so.

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Step 3: Finish the look by carefully applying liquid liner to the lower lash line as well. I used Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner because it stays better than most, but gel liner would work as well. (If you have watery eyes, just stick with pencil or gel.)
Then apply mascara to finish.

Copper and Pink Metallic Eye with Black Liner

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This is a strong, colorful eye, with a defined lash line that reminds me of Peking Opera. Besides having to be careful with liquid liner near the waterline, it’s very easy to do.

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Step 1: Apply a metallic coppery shade to the inner half of the lids, then a rich fuschia pink to the outer half. You can find shades in both the 88 Shimmer Palette, as well as MAC Pigments.

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Step 2: Apply a strong black line to the upper lids, extending beyond the outer corners slightly. The line should be thicker at the outer corners, but not overly so.

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Step 3: Finish the look by carefully applying liquid liner to the lower lash line as well. I used Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner because it stays better than most, but gel liner would work as well. (If you have watery eyes, just stick with pencil or gel.)

Then apply mascara to finish.

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