What comes to your mind when we say ‘gloss’? Lip gloss? Yes. But lid gloss? Nah, didn’t think so. Of all the backstage trends that never debut in real life, we are glad that this one made the move from the lips to the lids of all the cool girls we love. How does it look? Shiny, sexy and surprisingly wearable. Don’t trust us, see these drenched lids on everyone—from Kylie Jenner to Sonam Kapoor. And when you’re done drooling, take a look at how to create it. Tip: it’s as simple as it looks.
The reasons we love them? They are a breeze to create, as you’ll see below; they’re versatile—you can dial them up or down by just layering the colour of your choice; and they go with literally everything—you’ll never have to worry whether they are too much with that fiery orange mouth you’re sporting (they’re not!).
For a natural, daytime look, “layer gloss over shades like brown or nude to give it depth,” says makeup artist, hairstylist and beauty blogger (Makeup by Maleeha) Naima Rahimtulla. For coloured glossy lids, “swipe on a shimmer or metallic cream eye shadow (choose a formula without glitter) under your gloss layer”. She shares her top tips on how to gloss it up right.
4 things you need to create glossy lids
1. Transparent eye primer
2. Vaseline, eye gloss or transparent lip gloss (try and get a non-sticky one)
3. Eyelash curler and, of course, mascara to finish
4. Q-tip to clean out any excess
5 steps to create the glossy lid
1. Prep with an eye primer all over the lids.
2. Apply a shimmer or metallic eye shadow (preferably cream-based) all over your eyelids.
3. Dab a thin layer of Vaseline or lip gloss right over the eye shadow—use your fingers for a better finish.
4. Use the Q-tip to clean out the excess, especially at the corners to avoid creasing.
5. To finish, curl your lashes and swipe on a few generous coats of mascara.
2 cool ways to wear glossy lids
Gold and glossy: Use a cream-based dull gold metallic eye shadow all over your lids, top it up with gloss and add lots of mascara. Pair this gilded eye with a bold red lip.
Glossed-out smoky: Add a thin layer of gloss to a smoky eye for a cool, grungy finish. Pair this with a matte nude lip.
1 tip on making glossy lids last
Use a good eye primer to give the gloss something to adhere too. Stay away from the sun or any kind of activity that involves sweating, gloss will melt and migrate to other parts of your face—not pretty at all. The winter months are perfect to try this.