Discover my chic, glam yet wearable glossy eyeshadow makeup look in pink and bronze, perfect for a party. And also learn how to wear the glossy eyes trend the easy way with my video tutorial, using products you already have in your makeup bag!
Hey gorgeous! Glossy eyeshadow is the new makeup trend we’re spotting all over Instagram. And surely, even though glossy eyes looks glam and quite pro, it’s way easier than it looks. Or rather, I made an easy version of it for you to try! Yes, that’s what my new video is all about. I’m planning to make many more videos from now on, and this makeup tutorial is what we can, well, start with.
Maybelline – Baby Lips Lip Balm M.A.C. – Lip Pencil Spice Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick F4 Spiked Toffee Christian Dior – Dior Addict 043 lip gloss Vega – Eye Applicator Christian Dior -Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Matte
How to Wear Glossy Eyes the Easy Way
So here are the basic steps on how to create this look. It’s sort of glamorous but you can wear it up or down. Meaning, you can wear glossy eyes just like this to a party or for a date. Or you could even add some shimmer to it, or darker, bolder colors and wear it to a wedding or a gala. Today I’m going to be doing this version which is really simple to do but it’s also really wearable.
The glossy eyes makeup is not exactly a new trend. We’ve seen it so many times on celebrities on the red carpet. And even magazine editorials have been doing it for years. But now this trend has been gaining a lot of popularity because a lot of beauty bloggers have been doing it on Instagram. And I got inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who recently wore glossy eyeshadow on Instagram to promote her new makeup line.
At first I thought it’s really unwearable because it’ll probably be a sticky look, especially in the summer, it may crease and may even get uncomfortable! But then I thought, okay, challenge accepted! Let me do it my way and let me see how to make glossy eyes wearable in real life! And that’s the beauty of fashion trends. You can modify almost any trend to suit your personal taste.
So let’s get started! If you guys have been reading ShilpaAhuja.com, you know that we write so much about the latest makeup trends every season, but I don’t really do makeup tutorials. But so many if you have been asking for them, and so yeah, here we are with the glossy eyes tutorial!
1. Skin Prep
Alright, so before getting started it’s good to prep your skin. Cleanse it with a face wash that suits your skin type. A good scrub like an apricot scrub is great to follow the cleanse, for about five minutes. It helps to remove the dead cells. And massage it with aloe vera gel for another five minutes to make it look fresh. It helps the blood circulation. Or use a toner. And that’s always helpful if we’re going for a glowy skin look like this.
Then get started with a light layer of moisturizer. I used Aqua Kiss by Victoria’s Secret. Massage it into the skin as well. Use a light one if you have oily or mixed skin, and a heavier cream-based one if you have very dry skin on your face. Be sure to not miss the dry parts of your skin. Lastly, use a makeup primer, like this Maybelline Studio Master Primer, all over the face and neck.
Time to put the concealer. I mixed two concealers – MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NC25. And I mixed it with this Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle concealer. It’s a good idea to mix them first on the back of your hand or wrist. Apply it with your fingers or a sponge. Just on the sides of your nose and chin – wherever you have some pigmentation. I usually use the same product to do point concealing with a Vega Lip Liner brush.
Point concealing is best done just on the points that you really need. And then just dab them with your finger to blend it in. Like when you’re doing a makeup look, whether it’s a natural look or not, you always need to ask yourself how much coverage do you really need. A lot of times we think that we need so much more coverage than we actually do. And that always ends up giving that fake look.
You have to choose not all the spots, marks, acne to be covered. ‘Cause all these flaws, sort of make it look more natural. So just pick and choose what you should cover and what to show.
Okay so then put the foundation now. I used L’Oreal Infallible 24Hr Foundation in Golden Beige. I use my fingers to apply it. Of course you can use a foundation brush or a sponge. But I prefer my finger since it’s so much easier for me to blend it like that. I applied a thin layer for this look, since I wanted to do a dewy but natural look for my glossy eyes.
Just keep blending it really nicely into the hairline. Since that’s where the test really happens. If you can see all the lines there, then it’s not really well blended, is it?
3. Eyeshadow Base
Next step is to apply an eyeshadow base. I used Christian Dior Backstage Eye Prime. It’s best to use a sponge, your fingers or a flat eye brush for this.
Next, create a base for the liquid eyeshadow, using a darker color on the crease. Like I used this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne.
I used the Vega Eye Shadow flat brush for this. If you need yet slightly bit darker color on the crease, you can create more depth on the crease and outer corner once again. I used Sportsgirl – the Metallic Edit. It’s the metallic Baked Eye and Cheek Palette. It’s one of my favorites. A good alternative is to use a palette like NARS Duo Eyeshadow brown with shimmer finish.
You don’t want to apply too much either. Because if we do too much and then you put the gloss eyeshadow on it, then it’ll all be a big hot mess. So you wanna do really thin layers. We just wanna give it some definition, but don’t wanna make it messy.
4. Liquid Eyeshadow & Blush
Next, I used a liquid blush, the Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush in Pose Rose. So I pumped a little bit on the back of my hand and then mixed it with a clean brush. This is really pigmented so you don’t want too much. And if I applied it directly on my cheeks, it would just, just create too much pink over there, which we don’t want at all!
Use a bigger brush like this Vega Foundation Brush to put this on. It’s always good to just build it up rather than use too much product first. Go over the apples of your cheeks and then just use upward motions to take it up to the temples, all the way up to the hairline.
You can use the same product on the eyelids as well, to create a base for the glossy eyes shadow. Just use the same brush. And just pat it instead of rubbing it too much, so as to not ruin the base you’ve created with the powder eyeshadow. And just let it flow out into the temples and meet the blush naturally – going right into the hairline and the temples. Be sure to blend in altogether.
5. Eyeliner & Brows
This is the perfect time to fill in your brows and do the eyeliner. I used the Maybelline Colossal pencil eyeliner to fill in my upper lash line. If you want, you can use it on the lower lash line as well. I also used L’Oreal Super Liner on my upper lashes as well. Just remove the excess product so that we can have a thin layer.
Finally, use a highlighter a little bit on the inner corners of your eyes. I used Estee Lauder Pure Color, 65 French Vanilla. You can again use the lip liner brush for it.
6. Lip Makeup
So now that your eyes are all prepped up, let’s do the lips. I wanted to do a pinky brown, bronzy look. So I decided to go for a nude brown color to go with the pink on my eyes. So that it’s not a whole pink-pink look. Before you put the lipstick, it’s a good idea to moisten the lips with a lip balm. I used Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm on my lips.
Time to move on to the brown lip pencil. I used MAC Lip Pencil Spice to line my lips. Also lightly fill them in, mixing it with the lip balm to make sort of a glossy lipstick. Next, fill in the lipstick, I used Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick F4 Spiked Toffee.
7. Glossy Eyeshadow
Alright, so for the glossy eyes, you can use a lip gloss or glossy eyeshadow product. I used Dior Addict lip gloss, since I wanted to do a look with products that you may already have in your vanity case. So that if you really like this look, you can always go ahead and buy a liquid shadow in whatever color you like. I used Dior Addict 043, which looks red, but it’s almost nude pink.
You can use a Vega spongy tip eye applicator for it. And you just want to lightly pat it on your eyes, instead of rubbing it, since we don’t wanna lose the gloss. And while we’re doing that, it helps to stay below the natural crease of your eyelids. So that you don’t end up creating a crease within the, the glossy eyeshadow. And you don’t wanna press in too much or blend it. Just pat it lightly because if you press it in too much, the skin’s just gonna absorb it and then it is just gonna become too light. Glossy eyes can actually be slightly heavier (with more product) if you’re gonna be taking pictures, and keep it lighter if you’re just wearing ’em casually.
You’re all done with the eye makeup. Now let’s do some sculpting with the bronzer and highlighter. I used Diorskin Nude Tan Nude Matte. It comes with a kabuki brush, which you can use to sculpt under your jawline, under your cheekbones and on the sides of your nose. On the sides of my nose, it’s best to avoid the super-fluffy kabuki brush and use a big flat foundation brush for extra precision.
Finally use a highlighter to highlight the high points of your face. It’s really common for girls and even beauty bloggers to use white shades or silvery, creamy shades which are too light and stand out way too much on the skin. So it’s ideal to use something which is in the color family of your skin. For example, I used Estee Lauder eyeshadow in French vanilla, which is sort of a creamy porcelain that works really well for my skin tone. If you have a darker skin tone, you could use a creamy beige or gold or even a bronze, coppery color. Also, don’t forget to highlight slightly bit at the tip or lightly on the front of your nose. Using a thin flat brush, highlight your cupid’s bow, too.
All right, so that’s the final glossy eyeshadow look. If you wanna follow along, do check out the video above, and let me know how it went for you. Tag me in your Instagram pictures if you tried the glossy eyes trend, and I’ll be sure to double tap! Lemme know if you wanna see more tutorials like this, and what other look you would like me to do.
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Shilpa Ahuja the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Other than defining the direction of the magazine, she also writes about fashion & beauty trend forecasts, industry analysis, and opinions.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]