Granted the words “sticky eyelids” or “wet-look” don’t sound glamorous, but the effortless dewy look it creates certainly can be – if executed correctly. So we tested it out and we were pleasantly surprised.
All that glitters is gloss
The concept of glossy eyelids is not entirely new, but we were hard-pressed to find glossy alternatives locally. We love MAC’s Studio Eye Gloss, R360, it provides a hint of colour and the perfect glossy finish.
Just one product out there? Really? Revlon South Africa heard our cries and we’re excited to hear they’ll be launching a new range of Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow in mid-June. The collection of 12 wearable shades contains finely milled pigments to offer a smooth application for the perfect burst of colour with a glamorous finish. So what do we do until then? It turns out even top runway make-up artists are DIY-ing it and creating their own glossy eye make-up with, wait for it… lipgloss! It makes perfect sense really – your trusty gloss or balm contains vitamins and a hint of shine. The delicious fruity scent is just a bonus.
If the thought of applying your lip balm to your eyes is not for you, you can make your own glossy shadow. Simply use baby oil or even Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream, R345, and mix it with your existing shadow in a small container. Avoid glitter and you’ll be good.
Once you’ve got the gloss, now what? You’re actually just a few steps away from a fresh new look. If you’ve already premixed your gloss, application time will be even less. If not, simply choose your desired eye shadow and slick over some gloss, oil or lip balm.
Apply with a brush or your finger to create your desired look – depending on how daring you feel and how glossy you want to look. If you’re opting for a balm or gloss, use the least sticky variety to ensure it is not uncomfortable. We’re open to suffering for beauty, but not all day. Maybelline’s Baby Lips lip balm, R47,95, worked pretty well when we tested the look. Top tip: Avoid the crease as that is where the product will build-up and cause potential stickiness. If you’re all about the base, Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base, R54,95, is great to help you create a flawless surface area.
You’ve got this
Don’t be intimidated by this look. The truth is, it’s even easier than that smokey eye and could be just as eye-catching. If you do it correctly it can work for both day and night looks and you can easily touch up. Pair the glossy eye look with a matte lip and a simple sweep of highlighter on your cheekbones, or go full-on glossy (pictured above). Remember the key is to look dewy, not sweaty.
Would you experiment with this bold look? Let us know in the comments section below!