Yes, true story, it’s definitely not the most practical look for everyday, but neither are plenty of fashion looks. Â Yet despite its fleeting real-life wear-time, theÂ glossy lid look continues to be a staple on the runways and in trend reports. Â Whether it’s anchored by a black eyeshadow or a neutral lid, the glossy lid look is here to stay… (well, atÂ least for as long as it doesn’t slide off the lids!).
I can’t help but love the glossy eye (probably because it speaks my inner grunge-loving teenager and/or my affinity for shiny things)! Â Here’s how to get a glossy black lid look to last (hopefully for longer than a strut down the runway):
1. Â Line your eyes with your blackest eyeliner. Â Do the top and bottom as close to the lashline as possible (so there are no visible gaps), and also tightline your waterline. Â No need to worry about being too precise here – you’re going to blend other products over it.
Try L’oreal’s Extra Intense Liquid Pencil LinerÂ (approx $12 CAD), an eyeliner with liquid liner intensity and awesome staying power.
2. Â Pat a black gel liner or cream shadow all over the lid and blend into the crease of your eye. Â Use a fluff brush to blend edges if needed. Â Using a cream shadow/gel liner here will give the look an opaque, true black finish (versus using eyeshadow on its own)….and the more layers the better – since this look will start to shift once gloss is added.
Try Maybelline’s EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner in Black (approx $12 CAD), a long-lasting gel liner that doesn’t dry too quickly so you’ll have time to blend those edges.
3. Â Press a true, black matte eyeshadow all over where the gel liner/cream shadow was applied and blend the edges into the crease, using the same fluff brush. Â The eyeshadow will set your cream layer and give the gloss some grip.
I like Urban Decay’s Stiletto eyeshadow, but that came in a palette I got using points from Sephora so I’m not sure if you can buy it as an individual shade. Â Try Make-up Forever’s Eyeshadow in Matte Black ($24 CAD), another super pigmented black eyeshadow that will help the shifty glossy eye go the distance.
4. Â Do your mascara. Â Waterproof, of course.
5. Â Add la piÃ¨ce de rÃ©sistance – gloss!! Â I find the stickier the better…so skip the Vaseline on the lids and reach for your goopy-est gloss. Â We all know how sticky MAC Lipglass in Clear ($18 CAD) is from those years of getting our hair stuck in it, as gloss-loving teenagers that didn’t know any better. Â (Guilty as charged. I had a collection equivalent to a set of Mr. Sketch markers…). Â Use a tiny amount and tap onto the black-shadowed part of the lid.
Taaaa-daaaa! Â Isn’t it pretty?
As much as I’d love to wear this look out, my lids are oily enough on their own…so I usually just let nature run its course for my own interpretation of the glossy (more like creasing) eye by the end of the night. Â If you wear it, you gotta accept that it’s commitment-phobic and it’s going to crease. Â As beautiful as it is…
Just. Accept. It.
The glossy eye is pretty much the beauty equivalent of me trying to wear anything taller than 3-inch heels, aka pretty-stuff-that-I love-that’s-good-in-theory, but also stuff that never happens because it’s simply not practical!
I must admit that this look works really beautifully on shoots though…and my inner teen rejoices in those moments. :)
Would you wear this look? Â Discuss…