Tips for More Comfortable Shoes

Woman looking at a shoe store display window

Shoes can end up taking up a substantial amount of closet space just to make sure there’s a pair of shoes for most occasions. Even the most practical people have to make concessions and typically have at least two or three pairs depending on their hobbies. You don’t necessarily have to wear shoes, but calloused feet have yet to be “in” for fashion. Their ubiquity means facing the fact that, despite our best efforts, shoes aren’t all that comfortable sometimes. OROGOLD has assembled a few tips for trying to ensure that your shoes are as comfortable as they can be though. They won’t necessarily keep any pair your wear for too long from eventually getting uncomfortable, but they may buy you a few more hours in the shoes before that happens.

Avoid Crushing Your Toes
Beauty hurts sometimes. Everyone goes to great lengths to try to look their best at least some of the time. The trick is that you have to admit some styles aren’t actually worth it. Pointy toed shoes are among some of the worst offenders when it comes to being able to wear them for any length of time. Ideally, your shoes should let your toes fall into a mostly natural shape. Shoes they use sharp, tapering toes crush your toes together. Most people can stand this for a little while, but it rapidly becomes uncomfortable. It can also cause long term issues for your feet if you make a habit of only wearing such shoes. Don’t think of this rule as a reason to ditch your favorite pointy shoes, but do try cutting back how often and how long you wear them.

Woman looking at a shoe.

Check Your Shoe Size
This may seem like an overly simple rule, but different brands often use measurements that differ from one another slightly. Your size can go up or down in shoes only slightly less often than it will in tops. As a result, try to use in-store shoe measurements to make the best selection whenever possible. Focus on all of your foot as well. OROGOLD understands that some people might not want to admit to themselves they wear a wide of their shoe size, but it is far better for your feet to get the wide shoe than to try to squish your feet into shoes that aren’t quite the shape you need. Any shoe, stylish or not, needs to fit properly if you’re going to wear it for an extended time.

Support Your Feet
A good set of heels is wonderful and can make you feel confident and beautiful. You do need to remember that your feet need extra support in heels though. The arching they put your feet through can cause issues if the shoes isn’t designed properly. In general, you should favor flats as they are the most likely to include adequate support for your full foot. Don’t write off your heels though. You can still wear those, but you’re better offer favoring heels with thicker heels rather than thinner. Weight distribution is the biggest part of a shoe having proper support and thinner heels are unable to do that with nearly the effectiveness of thicker ones. Don’t forget to check the inside of all shoes for proper arch support either.

A good set of shoes can make an outfit, but it can also break your feet if you’re not careful. You should always strive to feel happy, confident, and beautiful. OROGOLD exists to help you with that. But ignoring taking proper care of yourself for one aspect of beauty will only hurt you in the long run. You can look stylish even as you select shoes to be kind to your feet. Once you find those perfects pairs, you’ll be able to walk into a room with your head held high without limping out a half hour later.

Best Fabrics for Skin

Woman picking out a cotton tee

We’re used to a dizzying variety of fabrics in being used to make out clothing and each one of them seeming to have different instructions for care. This top needs to be washed in warm, but not too warm water while the bottom needs to be washed in cold water and hung out to line dry. One load of laundry can end up feeling like fifteen before you’re done. All of the fabrics do have their uses though. Not all of those fabrics are necessarily the best for your skin though. While we may be used to marathon clothes washing, We think you might want to consider going through your wardrobe and consider expanding the fabric types in particular directions. It should help simplify the washing and might even benefit your skin.

Plain and simple cotton is one of the best things for your skin. It needs relatively little treatment to be used as clothing. It breathes. The fabric itself is highly versatile as the weave often determines how soft it feels and how durable it is. Cotton clothing is also simple to deal with when cleaning most of the time. People have used cotton for clothing for centuries for the very reason that it is so good at what it does. Remember that we’re talking about plain cotton clothing though. Cotton blends use synthetic fibers that get various treatments as part of the creation. The blend itself also has to be made to mesh well together. This isn’t necessarily bad for you, but those with more sensitive skin are likely to react in some cases.

Everyone knows about the luxury of silk as assuredly as they know of the versatility of cotton. Silk isn’t quite a visually durable as cotton can be due to the particular weaves it uses, but as a material it is often stronger. The issues with silk mainly come from snagging. However, it is dyed in an array of beautiful colors that not only take to the colors, but keep silk’s unique shine. The material is also luxuriously soft to the touch on skin. A part of what makes silk so good for your skin is the same thing that makes full cotton clothing good for your skin: it tends to be almost entirely natural. This makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skins. If you can’t take to a particular dye, then it is easy enough to avoid with without skipping the entire material.

Yes, infamously scratchy sweaters get made from wool, a fleece, but not all fleeces are made equally. What they all share in common is that they get sheared off of animals from the world over. Lots of names get applied to the individual fleeces though. Angora, cashmere, mohair, and just plain wool are all kinds of fleece. The exact texture tends to vary from species to species. Anyone who has touched cashmere and angora can vouch for how soft those are next to the infamous sweaters of legend. But even plain wool can be soft and warm given the right handling. The trick is finding fleece clothing that feels good to your skin and doesn’t cause any sort of reaction. You’ll then have comfortable, warm, and tasteful clothing to wear that won’t harm your skin.

Nature typically seems to provide good solutions for a lot of things. This is especially true when it comes to selecting materials that are kind to your skin. You should favor natural fabrics over synthetics if you’re truly dedicated to caring for your skin. Less processing means less of a chance for a bit of fabric to be exposed to potential reaction causing chemicals. There are plenty of nature fabrics out there that you can try as well. Some are like fleeces and others are made from unexpected plant sources like bamboo. Experiment, but keep Mother Nature in mind.

Fabulous Fall Lip Colors

Autumn typically brings somber colors along with it for both clothing and makeup. It often seems at odds with the vibrant displays of color that are typical of fall in various parts of the world. This year is different though. Fashion Week did showcase plenty of old standbys for fall colors, but it also opted for daring, brighter shades from across the spectrum. Fall doesn’t have to pout this year. OROGOLD looked into some of the most common of these new, richer colors to find any commonalities. They tend towards shades of red and pink, but there are also plenty of wild cards in the mix that will make finding your perfect shades for fall more colorful than you thought.

Brick red lipstick

Brick Red
This shade sits between the traditional somber tones and some of the more vibrant shades in showing this year. Its deeper color provides a distinct visual depth that highlights the lips next to the rest of the face. But it isn’t quite the brooding tones of the past. Instead it seems suggestive of a dare to make the most of the fall and see what it has to offer instead of staying by a fire. The particular shade is also complementary across various skin tones. This makes it a potentially beautiful option for many people. If you’re uncertain, consult an esthetician, but the odds are this shade will suit you just fine. All you need to worry about is the right outfit.

Berry lipstick

Ripe Berry
Farther along the spectrum of color rests this one. There was a distinct nod towards eye catching lips in Fashion Week that was due in no small part to shades similar to this. They provided a distinctly vivacious look to the models when paired with the trend towards natural hair and makeup. It made them appear to have just come from eating fresh fruit. In addition to providing a look of health, the color stands out against the often drabber tones of the season to make anyone wearing it almost instantly eye catching. It is easily complemented with other makeup to lend an overall healthy look to most women even as fall progresses. OROGOLD suggests experimenting in this tone range to find the best color for your skin and outfits if you truly want a Fashion Week inspired look.

Pink lipstick.

Yes, pink is in season now thanks to Fashion Week. Pastel pinks weren’t the most common either. The particular shades were often cooler, yes, but far from the dark, brooding colors associated with fall. It makes for a daring statement against the time of year as well as a truly unconventional look. One particularly popular shade was cherry-blossom as it offered coverage for a variety of models and complemented an equal amount of outfits. The main trick, as with other shades, was to use the rest of the makeup to complement features while allowing the lips to stand out without detracting from them. As a result, nude or very subtle makeup works best for this and the other vibrant shades used in Fashion Week.

Celebrating personal beauty is OROGOLD’s mission and it makes seeing that become a trend in Fashion Week itself particularly gratifying. There is a distinct air that comes from makeup that makes a face look lively as the world begins to settle in for its impending winter’s nap. This air will help you stand out and make your mark no matter how cool it gets outside. You will keep burning with a visible passion for living.

Fall Beauty Product Launches

Woman shopping in a beauty store

While Fashion Week‘s purpose is to launch next season’s clothing, it also serves the purpose of signaling when fall is upon us with all its changes. Beauty products, like other aspects of fashion, are sometimes seasonal. There have been a number of interesting recent makeup releases from recognizable names in the business. OROGOLD is going to touch on some of these products to give you an idea of what’s new in the makeup world. Don’t hesitate to try some of these products, especially those from companies known for quality, as you might just find a new look that will suit you throughout the colder months of the year.

Guo Pei Collection (MAC)
Despite being released in the fall, this collection focuses distinctly on light, floral colors. The packaging for the various products reflect this with airy designs recalling the color and life of spring. It isn’t the most substantial collection in the world, but offers a small selection of shadows, lip color, and other basics. The floral colors offer a pleasant contrast to the tone the world begins to take as the seasons turn. Additionally, they offer a way to give yourself a healthy looking glow when used correctly. The Geo Pei Collection is a limited release MAC product line and at the higher end of their products. You can be sure of its quality and the staying power of its color.

Dolce & Gabbana
Fashion houses being involved in beauty products isn’t a new thing, but it isn’t what made their names. This fall Dolce & Gabbana have released a collection centered around coordinating with their fall and winter clothing lines. The tones available are all expertly coordinated to make the most of being paired with the clothing and make an excellent addition to anyone loyal to the fashion house. Trendy fashion hackers can certainly use this makeup as well to get the best of their own tastes paired with high quality makeup. OROGOLD suggests making the most of any palette you decide to try as such experimentation is what drives beauty and fashion forward.

Tarte Holiday 2015 (Sephora)
Focusing on the use of stained Amazonian clays, this collection is all about holiday inspired colors despite being released in the fall. The various light tones allow you to add a splash of color to your face to create a cheerful contrast to a potentially darker wardrobe. Blushes make up the centerpiece for this collection, but there are others makeup types as well. Some lipsticks are available in the set as well as a large eye shadow palette devoted to making your the life of any gathering over the coming seasons. Their placement in Sephora helps to provide just that extra bit of confidence in their quality. It doesn’t have to be the largest collection to be a good potential addition to your makeup kit.

These are only a few of the makeup releases that have come out so far in fall. Plenty more will come out as fall progresses, and many of them may end up being holiday focused like the last one. OROGOLD reminds you that classifying the particular color sets as seasonal serves as a handy guide, but don’t feel bound to them. Color has is its own language and you’re certainly well-versed enough in it to know what works.

Fall Shopping Guide

The coming of fall means it is time to change out your closet again. Everyone has their favorite outfits that survive from year to year, but you’re likely just a little in love with some trends that Fashion Week brought with it earlier in the year. OROGOLD fully understands that you might need a little reminder of what is in for fall though. Old favorites have made a come back for this year, but there are plenty of newer things to experiment with if you want as well. These won’t be all the trends and you should always remember that fashion is constant experimentation. Feel free to simply use these suggestions as a starting point rather than what you have to do.

Woman wearing danglers.

Obvious Jewelry
Cooler weather tends to mean people start getting ill and looking less than their best. The current trends will let you counteract that though. Larger, more obvious jewelry is in style for this fall. Hoop and dangling earrings are particularly fashionable. The shining looks of the jewelry aren’t meant for making an outfit though. They are meant to serve as ways to highlight the part of an outfit you want people to look at or to help bring out the color of your makeup or eyes for a more vibrant look. This should help you look your best even if the changing weather starts to get to you a little. Just remember not to go too extravagant with your jewelry. Accent yours looks without dominating them.

Woman wearing flared jeans

Flared Pants
There is a distinct trend towards flared pants legs for fall. This trend continues to emerge and only seems to be getting stronger. They offer a nice contrast to the figure-hugging clothing many opt for in summer and bring a casual air to the fall season. OROGOLD recommends at least experimenting with this trend as it can also offer a way to worry less about the temperamental fall weather. A good pair of flared pants is often good regardless of the weather being warmer or cooler than expected unlike some other looks. This makes them flexible in addition to stylish. That combination is hard to beat when it comes to fashion.

Woman street style.

Long Sleeves
Everyone has tucked their hands in their sleeves to stay warm occasionally, but the upcoming trend makes this an element of style. Look for tops with longer sleeves that drape down past your wrists. The style tends to favor sleeves that fully engulf the hands, but you may wish to favor ones that only mostly do simply for ease of wear when you’re out and about. The look offers a stylish disdain for convention while giving you the appearance of a dramatically longer frame. You may want to think about whether you prefer this look or long gloves, which are also in, when trying to plot out fall outfits. Each one will determine a lot about the outfits your might favor.

You’ve still got some time before fall fully hits you, and you can use that time to find your new outfits. There’s no shame in sticking to old stand-bys though. With the trend towards accessorizing, you can even update your old favorite relatively easily and remain in style. OROGOLD believes you can achieve a lot with an older idea, but we might be a little biased. Regardless, you should get working on your fall look soon or you might find yourself dealing with the cold before you’re ready.

Nails for Fall 2015

With the beginning of a new season we are always faced with an age old problem, what’s new in fashion and beauty and how can I achieve the look?

Nobody really likes to admit that from the minute the new season’s magazines hit the shelves we find ourselves trawling through the beautiful glossy pages hoping to find some inspiration.

Well, regardless of budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce yourself up and be bang on trend is to paint your nails.

Now we know some of you will silently scream in terror at the prospect of painting your nails, but trust us you can do it. Whether your nails are long or short, if you follow our few steps below, you will have beautiful nails and be completely ready for the Fall season.

One of the big trends this Fall is the 70’s look. From High Street stores like Topshop and River Island to high end designers like Stella McCartney 70’s boho chic prevails in store.

1970's Fever
What better way to complement this look or even just to add a hint of 70’s to your existing wardrobe than with these perfect hues from Ciaté.
Nails for Fall 2015

From the Olivia Palermo Ciaté Fall collection these polishes have rich, deep shades with a high gloss finish which will give you a great pop of color for any outfit. So how do you get the best wear out of these shades? Well just follow these few simple steps and you will be in manicure heaven.

  1. File your nails to your desired shape. It makes no difference if your nails are long or short, rich colors like these love short nails too.
  2. Always apply a base coat if you are painting your nails as color nail polish can leave the nails stained yellow.
  3. Apply two coats of your desired color. Try not to use too much polish on the brush as this will cause the polish to bubble on the nail.
  4. Apply the polish in three strokes. One down the middle of the nail and then one each down either side of the nail.
  5. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another coat.
  6. To get the best of your manicure apply a high gloss, hard-wearing top coat. Top up this coat of polish every other day to prolong your polish.

We love this Sally Hansen top coat. It is fast drying and tough, we always have it in our manicure kit.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry

So get yourself down to the mall to find your favorite colors for this season and get painting while we leave you with this little nugget of advice: To prevent damage to your manicure, try not to use your fingernails to pick at things or pry things open and always use the end of a spoon or fork to open cans of soda or tins of food.

Asian Makeup Style

Trying to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and makeup is a chore sometimes. One day something seems to be the new style and then the next day you find out that someone you’ve never even heard of seems to think it is a bad idea and almost everyone abandons it. Some tricks do survive this wave of scrutiny though and these are the ones that tend to travel. There is a division between Asian trends and Western ones that doesn’t necessarily need to exist. OROGOLD fully acknowledges women of Asian ancestry do have particular difficulties of their own when it comes to applying eye makeup, but those are more about how to make the most out of a different type of face. There are plenty of generalized trends anyone can try adopting to get a new look.

Ombre lips.

Gradient Lips
Most women apply lipstick with the goal of fully coloring their lips with a vibrant color to help them stand out. A current trend in Asia opts for an entirely different approach. Gradient lips provide a soft flow of color from natural looking outer lips to vibrant inner lips that give the appearance of having just been stained by food. This is achieved in a number of ways, but a common variation on the technique requires you to have two colors of lipstick. One needs to be a nude that works for your lip color and the other should be the color that you’d like to have set apart from your lips. Using the nude to cover the outer edges of your lips will define a smaller inner area for you to use color on. The result is a playful looking style that appears more natural than design.

Woman with natural makeup.

Natural Makeup
Few Asian women opt for a makeup style that emphasize that they are wearing makeup. Instead they focus on bringing out their natural beauty through skin care and the careful application of nude makeup. This approach involves largely covering up any blemishes or problem areas without being too zealous with your makeup. Happily, this trend slightly corresponds to a lighter trend in this direction among Western makeup artist. OROGOLD suggests consulting an esthetician about some of the best ways to emphasize your own looks without it being obvious. These will often vary depending on your skin type and heritage. Taking this approach will give you a distinct “I just woke up like this” casual beauty that it is hard to ignore.

Woman with puppy eye makeup.

Puppy Eye
Everyone in the Western world is familiar with Cay Eye makeup, but Asia has turned this on its head with a Puppy Eye instead. This makeup technique is less about emphasizing a sort of aloof and mysterious look. It is about making yourself look both larger and more youthful. More than just the name makes it the inverse of the Cat Eye. Use your favorite liner to follow your upper lash line like you would when going for a more feline look, but you should instead follow the contour of your upper eye out and down when you reach the edge instead of going for the upwards flick. You can add extra emphasis to the look by meeting the line from the lower lash line as well, but it isn’t required in every version of the Puppy Eye.

Regional makeup trends don’t have to be trapped within a region. Spreading new ideas around allows makeup, like all good art, to grow from meeting its counterparts. OROGOLD fully encourages you to try some of these tricks if you aren’t already. You’re sure to get a different perspective on yourself and maybe even find your new favorite way to do your makeup.

Asian Beauty Secrets

Western culture wasn’t caught unawares by the beauty of Asian women. Their beauty appears in countless stories as well as the now antiquated mystique of exoticism. Asian woman have been making their appearance known again lately thanks to an increased interest in their beauty routines. Whatever steps they are taking seem to ensure they tend to have beautiful and seemingly flawless skin. OROGOLD knows a few of their secrets and will be happy to share. The good news is that you can easily adopt some of their secrets into your standard routine without ever even noticing any huge expansion to your skin care routine. The even better news is that you don’t have to worry about all that beauty being purely genetic either.

Asian woman applying body cream.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Most Asian skin care routines place a heavy emphasis on keeping the skin moisturized. This isn’t just due to their particular style of cleansing, but is simply a routine part of their day-to-day lives. Use moisturizers and serums appropriately during your normal routine is something you probably already do. Just make sure you’re applying them in the right order for the best effect. The secret to take away from all this though is that Korean women in particular also rehydrate their face throughout the day. They use misting products a couple of times a day to keep their skin looking full and healthy even if it happens to be the dryer part of the year. Try experimenting with doing the same. Just remember to keep an eye on your skin as your skin reacts to external hydration differently from anyone else’s.

Asian woman cleansing her face.

Double Cleanse or Swap Your Cleansing Product
Double cleanse refers to the practice of using two separate cleansers one after another to clean the skin even more deeply than a standard cleanse. The trick is that you need to know the products to use to make the most of this. Asian beauty routines favor oil based cleansers for the first step as they can help disrupt other oils readily without the potential harshness of other cleansing products. Their effectiveness isn’t diminished by them being gentler though. If you don’t want to try a double cleanse, then just stick to this first step and swap to a good oil-based cleanser. You can do a full double cleanse by getting a quality facial soap or foaming cleanser to follow up the oil cleanse though. This will allow the lighter cleanser easier access to your skin since the surface grime gets striped away by the oil cleanse. The combine cleansing should leave your skin feeling cleaner than it ever has before.

Asian woman exfoliating her face.

Exfoliate Properly
No one will ever argue that exfoliation isn’t good for your skin when done properly, but plenty of people will argue over how to exfoliate properly. Asian women tend to favor exfoliating once or twice a week at most with a very particular requirement: only exfoliate the areas that need it the most. Instead of rubbing their entire face with an exfoliating product, they specifically go after problem areas for their routine exfoliation and save full face exfoliation for facials and other occasions. This allows them to focus on containing the problem areas of their face without necessarily worrying that a product will hurt the rest of the face’s appearance. It also slightly reduces the amount of time needed in a routine for exfoliation and frees up that time for other steps.

These steps don’t cover a full Asian beauty routine, but those are easy enough to find. OROGOLD has even done its best to summarize the routines. The main thing to remember is that these secrets tend to favor precision and mindfulness. Taking care of their skin isn’t just an incidental thing for Asian women, but an integrated part of their lifestyle. If you want to see similar results, then prepare to dedicate yourself to your skin’s health all over again.

Most Popular Asian Bloggers

Asian model.

News is no longer hard to come by thanks to bloggers. Similarly, it is likewise even less difficult to find out someone’s opinion on the latest goings on in the world. You might not want to know someone’s opinion though. This remains the eternal problem of social media in general. If you do want a look into someone else’s world though, blogs are an invaluable tool. OROGOLD would like to recommend a few Asian bloggers in particular for their consistent ability in explaining and examining style trends. These bloggers range from makeup artist to fashionistas and everything in between. The one thing you can be sure of is that at least they know what they’re talking about.

True to its name, the blog by Rei Shito focuses on capturing the fashion world from the streets of Tokyo. She focuses on using her photography skills to capture the beauty and eclectic nature of Tokyo street style. These can range from new variations of traditional garb to simple, day-to-day fare worn with an extra flair. There is no telling what all will turn up on her blog as the days pass. Rei Shito’s dedication to capturing the style of Tokyo continues to drive her popularity around the world. She occasionally travels and shares images from those as well. The predominant focus of her blog remains true to its name and you’re far more likely to see the different forms of Asian street style rather than any others. Any would be readers should note that the blog is bilingual.

Break My Style
‘Break My Style’ is the blog of Laureen Uy, a fashion blogger from the Philippines. She does her best to create her own particular style while watching the world. Her blog is home to her particular tips and recommendations on how to assemble outfits properly or complement a particular look. Laureen Uy receives praise not only for her eye for style, but also having a highly approachable personality in her work. This makes her blog approachable by a wider audience than more clinically minded fashion bloggers. Like many of her peers, Laureen Uy’s popularity has launched her into an international scale of popularity. She frequently travels and shares her thoughts on style as she travels and just the nature of her life as a traveling fashion blogger.

The Indian photographer Manou runs this blog and provides a glimpse into the style of a country many people forget counts as part of Asia. He focuses on the street styles of the cities he lives in and visits. As a result, most of the pictures have a slightly candid feeling to them even as the subjects clearly pose, each in their own way, for the camera. The Indian focus is particularly apparent through the dizzying variety of colors that the outfits take in the photographs. Manou swaps between posting bulk collections of photos and posting single subject posts with small blurbs about their life and style. These make ‘wearabout’ not only a catalog of Indian street style, but also a quick glimpse into the lives of others.

There are plenty of popular bloggers out there. The trick is figuring out what you’re interested in and focusing on finding the best voices within that topic. OROGOLD has provided suggestions for fashion and beauty bloggers, but these bloggers are by no means all of your options. There may even be bloggers better suited to your particular tastes awaiting your discovery. Just remember that Asia is a highly varied part of the world and all it takes is a little investigation to find a blogger in the area that interests you.

How To: Exaggerated Cat-Eye from French Runways

The Cat-Eye is a classic look for eye makeup that helps emphasize the eyes while adding an air of mystery to any woman’s look. Its classic nature makes it almost expected at particular occasions and this expectation, in a way, somewhat lessens the impact that the look is meant to have on others. Fashion forward people have updated the look as a result and this newer exaggerated cat-eye look continues to show up on Parisian fashion shows. It takes the traditional look and makes it even more dramatic with thicker colors emphasizing the eyes to an even greater degree. OROGOLD understands the quest to look your best and has put together a quick tutorial on how to achieve the look.

Woman with cat eye makeup.

There are multiple ways to approach completing the exaggerated cat-eye, but the first thing you need to start with is how you’re going to define the edges of the makeup itself. A quality liquid eyeliner along the lash line is one recommended way. You can use it to outline a traditional cat-eye, but draw the line a little further up to give yourself room to work. Some ways of achieving the look only use eyeshadow though. In this case, choose your favorite detail brush and carefully create the same sort of line. You can even demarcate the upper limits of the where you’ll be filling in the outline you’re drawing the line. Don’t go all the way to the top of the extended “flick” of the cat-eye, but instead try about halfway up the flick for the top part of the outline.

Fill it in
Regardless of how you outline the beginning of the look, you’re then going to need to select the right color or colors of shadow to complete the emphasis. Opting for solid, darker colors can create a truly dramatic look that provides heavy emphasis on your eyes. You can sometimes achieve the same look with a carefully applied gel eyeliner, and it works particularly well with a black eyeliner. Blending a series of dark tones to create a smoky effect can be even more effective for the look though. It steps back from the drama of the heavy emphasis of a single tone, but don’t let this dissuade you. Instead this variation emphasizes the mysterious aspect of the cat-eye and is sure to draw a second look when you’ve done it right.

Final Touches
Much as with a normal cat-eye, you can use liner or shadow on your lower lash line to provide greater emphasis. Use your best judgment based on your previous experiences with such a technique. The best approach is to try not to distract from the exaggerated cat-eye itself, but to instead provide a subtle and easily missed emphasis. You don’t need to be perfect when applying any of the makeup. Remember that trying this look out is a matter of experimentation. Keep cloths and cotton swabs around for spot use with your favorite makeup remover to help clean up any small mistakes you make in creating the look. It only has to look perfect when you’re done, after all. No one else will see you figuring it out on your own.

Updating classic looks is ultimately part of the ever-evolving story of fashion. For the time being, the exaggerated cat-eye appears to be here to stay, but certainly hasn’t driven out the traditional form. OROGOLD recommends that you keep a good cleanser and makeup remover on hand as you test out the look though. These will let you clear away any mistakes and keep your skin healthy even if you need to try several times to get it right. Beauty may be difficult, but it remains rewarding.