My favourite make-up look is golden-bronze eyes.
My mum is my inspiration for this, as she’s made it part of her everyday make-up for as long as I can remember. We both have similar colouring — blue eyes and pale skin with freckles (although unlike me she gets a tan in summer).
She always tells me that gold and bronze tones warm up the complexion and make blue eyes pop. This was the first piece of beauty advice she ever gave me and it’s stuck, although we have different ways of creating our respective looks.
I wanted to invest in a palette where every shade would be worn and appreciated — enter Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita (2020 update: now known as the Bella Sofia).
At £40, it’s not cheap, and it’s not within my student budget; it was swiftly added to the top of my Christmas list, and luckily for me, Santa delivered. I was delighted, but it also took me a while to start using it because I didn’t want to spoil something so perfect!
The Dolce Vita has four shades:
- Prime: pale champagne pink
- Enhance: copper
- Smoke: shimmery golden brown
- Pop: glittery gold
The shades can be used in different combinations depending on what you’re doing and where you’re going, with a video tutorial on Tilbury’s YouTube channel teaching you how to take the look from day to night. In a nutshell: smoke it up and add all the glitter.
I’ve got a photo of my own attempt below, but it’s well worth checking out Charlotte’s channel, both for this and for other make-up looks (the feline flick is a favourite of mine!)
Texture-wise, the eyeshadows have the most beautiful consistency. They’re almost like cream eyeshadows, but because they’re made of powder they blend together flawlessly.
All four shades are very pigmented, although I find the pop shade (that amazing gold) needs a couple of layers applied with a finger to be really noticeable. The rest of the eyeshadows all work best with brushes.
Lastly, can I just say how good it is to own a palette which doesn’t come with those awful sponge brushes that never get used? The Dolce Vita is a true holy grail product.
The Luxury Palette in The Dolce Vita (now known as the Bella Sofia) is available from the Charlotte Tilbury website, and costs £40. There are also 11 other combinations to choose from.
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin. Always thinking about my next meal.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!