We Tried It

We Tried It: Pat McGrath's Gold 001 Pigment Used 21 Ways

Nov/20/2015 at 05:44 PM ET

It’s been three weeks since makeup mega-guru Pat McGrath released 1,000 of her Gold 001 pigments into the hands of makeup addicts everywhere, and we’re still freaking out over it. The product, which is McGrath’s first, comes straight from Pat McGrath Labs — and not to hyperbolize, but it’s a dome of gold magic. But if your first thought was “What on earth am I supposed to do with pure gold pigment?” Below, here are 21 (easy!) ways I’ve tried it in the past few weeks.

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It arrived in a bag with Mehron mixing liquid, a spatula, a mixing pot and a whole lot of sequins, can be applied sheer or opaque, wet or dry, and literally anywhere. It’s also beyond easy to use — the instructions read “Dig in and play fearlessly,” but be advised: I’m still covered in glitter days later.

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1. Create a crazy cat eye (pictured above)
I dipped a thin makeup brush in the mixing liquid and combined it with a small fleck of pigment, then applied multiple layers in a cat eye shape.

2. Or work it into a smoky eye
A sheer wash of pigment all over my lids before applying brown shadow left me the perfect smoky metallic look.

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3. Use it to accentuate your lips
If you’re looking for an instant holiday pick-me-up, use your finger to dab pigment over any lipstick, just in the center of your lips.

4. Or as full-blown gold lipstick
Apply a thick layer over blotted lip balm.

5. It’s the prettiest gilded eyeliner
Use a thin eyeliner brush dipped into mixing liquid and pigment to draw a gold line above and below your lash lines.

6. And makes the most luminous body lotion
Just a fleck of pigment mixed into body lotion added the perfect amount of shine—and it’s great for any night out.

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7. Make a custom temporary tattoos
Paint it on your arm in any shape you want, because why not?

8. You can use it to highlight your cheekbones
Buff a tiny bit into your skin, just above your cheek bones.

9. And your Cupid’s bow
Use your ring finger to apply a touch of powder above the center of your top lip.

10. Or contour the bridge of your nose
Swipe it down the center of your nose for instant contour.

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11. Make the tips of your lashes sparkle
Just apply to mascara-ed lashes with a fluffy eyeshadow brush.

12. And accentuate your brows
Brush it over your brow gel to make your brows stand out.

13. Use it as nail polish
Pick up a fleck of pigment with a clear nail polish brush, and blend it onto your nails.

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14. Or for super easy nail art
Mix it into clear nail polish. Apply it at the tips of your nails first, working your way down the nail as the glitter thins out.

15. Draw on faux earrings
Use a tiny brush and mixing liquid, and dab a circle of pigment onto your ear lobes.

16. Or bracelets
Paint rows of gold on your wrists.

17. Want to redirect to your hair? Make literal highlights
I picked up some pigment with a fluffy powder brush and applied a few coats on a small section of hair.

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19. Or on one strand of a braid
And added an extra coat to get an opaque layer on that same strand before weaving it into a braid for a fun touch.

20. Liven up your part
Use your finger to dab it all the way through a lightly spritzed part.

21. Or to glam up your ponytail holder.
Just brush damp pigment around the band.

What’s your favorite way to use it? Tell us your ideas below.

— Jillian Ruffo


We Tried It: A (Halloween-Appropriate) Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Oct/30/2015 at 01:58 PM ET

What Is It: Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, a treatment that uses pumpkin enzyme, alpha hydroxy acid and aluminum oxide to exfoliate, peel and polish skin.

Who Tried It: Lydia Price, Features Editorial Assistant

Why We Did It: I’ve searched high and low for the perfect products to handle my breakout-prone skin, so even though I don’t think “beauty secret” when I hear “pumpkin,” I thought it was worth seeing what fall’s most festive fruit has to offer in the skincare department.

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Opening the jar for the first time, I was immediately hit with that classic pumpkin smell. The mask literally smells exactly like pumpkin pie, and it’s a strong scent to boot. It was a little weird to apply at first because of this. I thought maybe the beauty industry had finally tricked me into just rubbing food on my face. And obviously I got a mean craving for pie.

Ignoring my stomach’s pleas for dessert, I gently massaged the mask into my face to get the aluminum oxide powder working. I started feeling the burn right away. My cheeks and chin were especially getting that fiery sensation. Personally, I don’t mind when products have a little kick because it feels like they are actually doing something, and that certainly seems to be the case with the pumpkin mask.

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I loved the texture of this mask; it’s a bit jelly-like and feels much lighter than products I’ve traditionally used, making it quick and easy to apply and take off. I rinsed it off after about six minutes (the instructions suggest leaving it on for three to seven). The benefits of the mask were apparent instantly; I didn’t get that dried-up, stiff feeling on my face like I do with many masks, and my skin was distinctly brighter and healthier-looking after I rinsed it off.

Verdict: Believe in the power of pumpkin! Although it costs $58, unlike many masks you actually get a pretty hefty amount of the product, and because you only need to use a thin layer at a time, you’ll definitely get your fair share of uses from every jar. I used it three times in about a week and a half and had a noticeable reduction in breakouts. Plus, I love that you only have to leave it on for a few minutes, because I’ve tried masks that can take upwards of 20 (although that does leave you with more time to go eat pumpkin spice treats). And even though the mask burned a bit, my skin wasn’t at all irritated after rinsing, and my face looked and felt fresh and glowy!

We Tried It: Omorovicza Pore Refining Facial

Oct/22/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

What is it: A celeb-loved detoxifying facial that features a mineral-rich Hungarian moor mud mask (Note: Moor mud is a buzzy skincare super-ingredient that leaves you extra glowy!)

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor

Level of Difficulty: 1 (on a scale from 1 to 10 — It’s essentially pain-free and super-relaxing. You just need to show up, relax and put your phone down for 60 minutes — the hardest part!)

Omorovicza facial We Tried ItCourtesy Brittany Talarico

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We Tried It: Snap+Style, an App That Hooks You Up with a Pro Stylist

Oct/01/2015 at 05:35 PM ET

What is it: A free (!) app where you can get real-time, individual outfit recommendations from professional stylists — you know, what to wear and how to wear it. You can also build your own dream closet, online shop really easily and get suggestions for the perfect gift to buy someone (Basically, it’s your own personal shopper)

Who tried it: PeopleStyle editors Alex Apatoff and Brittany Talarico

Level of difficulty: 2. It’s super easy to navigate and user-friendly

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We Tried It: Sarah Hyland's Favorite Aerial Fitness Class

Sep/17/2015 at 05:42 PM ET

What is it: A full-body workout that utilizes hanging silk hammocks in a combination of cardio, strengthening and toning moves – that happens to be loved by Sarah Hyland and Jamie Chung

Who tried it: Gabrielle Olya, PEOPLE writer and reporter

Level of Difficulty: 9 (on a scale from 1 to 10 — beginners beware!)

AIR Aerial Fitness LA Courtesy Riot Media Group

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We Tried It: Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceanu's Custom Jewelry Line

Sep/03/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Dominique Moceanu jewelry lineCourtesy Dominique Moceanu

Who Tried It: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why I Tried It: During a massive apartment cleanout, courtesy of the KonMari method (off-topic: read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I unearthed a photo of a charm necklace that I’d torn out of a magazine. I’ve wanted to replicate it for some time now, and noticed on one of my social media feeds that Moceanu had a new custom jewelry biz. I took this as a sign. Read More

We Tried It: Custom-Blending a Fragrance

Aug/27/2015 at 08:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor
Why I Tried It: I’ve had this job for seven years and I still don’t know how to pick a perfume
What I Tried: A one-on-one meeting with Mark Crames, the CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library
Level of Difficulty: I found it harder than I thought to make decisions — luckily, Mark knew what he was talking about so could steer me in the right direction

custom perfume reviewCourtesy Alex Apatoff

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