Makeup Tip: Layer Benefit Gilded Beneath Red Lip Glosses for Warmth and Shimmer

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I just got a makeup tip and had to share! A friend who works for Benefit Cosmetics suggested I try their shimmery gold Gilded ($20) pencil with some of my red glosses. I tried it and BAM! — it breathes new life into glosses with instantly warmer, more shimmery color.


I applied a layer of Benefit’s Gilded creamy gold pencil for lips, eyes and cheeks beneath MAC Russian Red Lipglass, MAC Cult of Cherry Lipglass and Sally Hansen’s Natural Lip Gloss in Juicy Cherry.

Here’s a layer of Gilded on her own. I think she’s even pretty by herself…

Beneath a layer MAC Cult of Cherry Lipglass ($14)…

Beneath a layer of MAC Russian Red Lipglass ($14)…

Beneath a layer of Sally Hansen’s Natural Lip Gloss in Juicy Cherry ($8)…


I’m thinking Gilded will work well with dark berry and bright pink lip glosses, too.

Can you think of any other lip products I should try with Benefit Gilded?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Trisha says:

    Oooh, okay, these look awesome. I may just have to take your advice.

  2. Dao says:

    Oh man, that’s lipstick on crack! How about Gilded and Bing matten lipstick? I know Bing is not a red lippie but it may bring something interesting out of this dark number.

  3. Marisol says:

    Those look great!

    Marisols last blog post..TILT 9.18.08

  4. Elyse says:

    Finally, a reason to actually buy this! Thanks!

  5. Gina says:

    you have perfect teeth!

    Ginas last blog post..Ambushed…. by apparel?

  6. Gina says:

    you have perfect teeth!

  7. Elena says:

    Hey Karen,

    That looks great! Maybe try Gilded under the Viva Glam glosses? Have you tried layering it over more matte lipsticks? I’d be interested to see how that turns out.

  8. cloudburst says:

    Great tip! You could also use a gold cream shadow or highlighter instead.

  9. Kelly says:

    My wish list at Sephora is getting wicked long. I’m going to splurge when the FF event happens in November!

  10. rocketqueen says:

    Omg those all look awesome! Wow! I can’t pick a fave!

    rocketqueens last blog post..Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel,

  11. Sminkan says:

    All combinations look absolutely stunning!

    And Karen, I must say I am so thriled to see you visiting my blog today! Wow! Thanks!
    I have been following your beauty adventures for more than a year now, but I seldom comment. Love your blog since it is witty, personal and, well, just great!

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  12. lindsay says:

    i love all the combinations, but i especially love it by itself!

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Trisha,

    I hope you try it. Do you have Gilded around?

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Hmm, I’ll have to try it. I dunno if the gold will come through, but ya never know. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Mariol,

    🙂 Have you tried Gilded before?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Elyse,

    You’re welcome! You can also use it as a highlighter in the inner corner of the eyes as well as the browbone, too. It’s quite the multi-tasker.

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Gina,

    Thanks! Girl, it took a lot of braces to get there, lemme tell ya.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Elena,

    OH, that’s a good idea. I will have to bust out my Viva Glam Holiday palette!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Cloudburst,

    Good call. I dunno if I have a cream one around… but I will have to try that with my LM highlighting stick!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Yeah, girl, me too. I got a whole bunch of Stila and Dior on my list so far…

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Rocketqueen,

    They’re pretty, yah? Do you think you might try any of the combos?

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Smikan,

    Thanks, girlie! Thanks for stopping by to say hi. 🙂 Hope we get to chat more in the future.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Yeah, that was a nice surprise. I’m thinking that it would be really pretty with just plain clear gloss on top, too. 🙂

  24. Joannie says:

    Oooh, nice tip. I have this pencil just sitting in my drawer and had no idea what to do with it. This is perfect because I LOVE red lipstick and this tip will breathe new life into my basic crimson-pout look. Thanks!

  25. Kelly says:

    I’ve got a bad case of NARS lemmings lately. My wishlist on Sephora for NARS is: Penny Lane creme blush, Multiples in Portofino & South Beach, lipsticks in Senorita & Sexual Healing. Add to that Michael Kors Hawaii, Benefit Gilded, and that new Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Rope liner set… and holy crap it’s going to be Christmas-come-early for me. I’m hoping I’ll be able restrain myself when that code comes out, but I seriously doubt I’ll be capable of that kind of willpower.

    Can’t wait to try Gilded over/under Port Red… 😉

  26. Jennifer says:

    wow.. i think i found my new love~! i <3 the gilded on her own. im currently usin the heidi klum collection for very sexy makeup lipstick in “Heidi” and i love it. but unfortunelty its almost gone and out of stock i believe. i am sooo definetly goin to cop myself the gilded! Thanks for the makeup tip and review.. now i know i can wear it in all different ways with different colors over it. Love ur posts!

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