There’s something wonderfully fun about gloss. I’ve always enjoyed the way it coats a surface in a luster that reflects all the light around it, shining and resplendent. Being able to apply this same dazzling glory to multiple parts of my face at the same time seemed too good to be true for my simple soul, which balked at the idea of only featuring the eyes or lips in any one makeup look.
Upon looking up supplementary tutorials, however, I came across a horrible roadblock: According to the Internet, the shellacked glossy eye that I so coveted would be completely ruined upon actually opening, or otherwise using, my eyes. I was led me to believe that this lovely effect had no practical place outside of an editorial shoot, and would crease and melt off of the normal woman’s face during everyday wear.
I refused to believe it. The look was too strange and beautiful to be completely undoable for the average wearer, regardless of how much good sense the warnings made. The hunt for the perfect ultra-glossy eye had consumed me, and I would not rest until I had conquered it just like Sable did, but for my skin tone.
Thankfully, I think I’ve come up with a method that not only looks dramatic, but retains its uncreased drama for hours at a time.
Step 1: Primer
If you want lids that retain their glass-like shine without creasing, make sure to use a high-quality primer before applying your gloss, like Urban Decay’s translucent eyeshadow primer potion. It’s honestly the best at making sure that I don’t inadvertently cry off all of my eye-makeup by the end of the night, and I heartily suggest it to anyone who’s in the market for looking fly into the wee hours of the morning.
Step 2: Color
I opted for a two-step process for this particular look, beginning with a base of Flower’s Kiss Me Twice Lip and Cheek chubby. This is another product that I deeply adore, as the plum red is the perfect crème blush and builds splendidly on the lips and, in this case, the eyes. The application is also absurdly easy: just one swipe over the eyes or lips for perfect, natural color.
Unfortunately, it is also a line that I’m unlikely to patronize again on account of it not providing foundation in anything approaching my shade.
From there, I added highlight and depth to my eyes using the Sephora Color Anthology eyeshadow book, which is the most economical option for having as many beautiful colors at your fingertips as possible. A shimmering light pink went in the corners of my eyes, and a sparkling deep purple helped add drama to the outer corners of my eyelids.
Step 3: Gloss
When reading various tutorials, I saw a lot of very good suggestions for how best to gloss the eye for long wear. Because I wanted to go for an ultra-glossy editorial look, I opted for L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Naturally Nude. It’s nice and thick, which is a good indication that it won’t be going anywhere when applied, and smells pleasantly of coconut.
Vasoline is another good option, although I was unable to try it personally on account of a skin sensitivity.
When applying Le Gloss, you can use either a small lipstick brush or gently dab straight from the tube. Make sure to dab, rather than wipe; you don’t want to smear your eye shadow around.
And voila! You’ve now created a splendidly glossy eye. I’ve found that this particular method stays put fantastically--no running in sight, even hours after application. People may look at you strangely, but that’s when you channel the good sense of Lil’ Mama and show them how to use nice things with nice flavors.
What's your take on the glossy eye? Have you tried it? And is a glossy eye and lip together too much shine for you to handle?
[Update: Since the posting of this article, Flower Cosmetics has significantly widened its selection of foundation shades to include browns, ambers, and ochers, showing a distinct willingness to cater to women of color. Thanks, Flower!]