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Glossy makeup is making a big come back this year, and we for one are very happy about it! It reminds us of when we first started discovering makeup as teenagers. However, thankfully the glossy makeup revival this time round is all about sophisticated shine, easy application and less about a creased eyelids and sticky products!

If you’re as excited as us about this makeup comeback, then keep on reading to find out how you can master the effortlessly cool look…

Glossy Eyes

Shiny, water-like eyelids have walked their way off the catwalk and straight back into our hearts! Makeup artists have been using this one celebrities and models more recently and the best thing is its completely achievable. Here’s three simple steps to gorgeous glossy eyes:

Glossy eye makeup trend

1. Prime your eyelids

To ensure your eye makeup lasts for as long as possible, always start with an eye primer. Apply all over your eyelids for a smooth, even canvas.

2. Apply your eyeshadow

Glossy eyelids can be absolutely any colour that you like, so choose a shade that matches how you’re feeling that day. Cream or gel eyeshadows work wonderfully for this look as they already have a shiny, iridescent look to them. If you prefer a pressed powder eyeshadow, go for a metallic shade to add some sparkle to the look.

3. Add your gloss

Now for the fun bit! Using a tube of clear lip gloss (check the ingredients to ensure it is okay to put on your eyelids) or a multi-purpose balm, such as Vaseline, apply over the top of your eyeshadow using a dense makeup brush.  A little goes a long way for this part, so don’t be too heavy handed! The gloss will give your eye shadow a whole new dimension!

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Glossy Skin

Smooth, gloss-like skin has been gaining popularity for quite a while now and we don’t think it’s going anywhere any time soon! To achieve extra-dewy skin, start by prepping your skin with a rich moisturiser and then apply a natural face oil to give your complexion a natural looking sheen. Once your skincare has been completely absorbed, apply an illuminating foundation to give your skin a beautiful glow and finish by applying highlighter to the highest points of your face, i.e. cheek and brow bones, to complete your glossy skin look.

Full face glossy makeup trend

Glossy Lips

If the thought of glossy lips brings back memories of sticky, tacky glosses from your school days, don’t worry - we’re not talking about that kind of look. When glossy lips are done right, they should appear full, plush and beautiful.

To achieve catwalk worthy glossy lips, you need to follow just three steps:

1. Line your lips

Using a colour that matches the overall look you are going for, carefully line your lips using a lip liner drawing just around the outside of the border.

2. Fill in and shade

To fill in your lips, first go in with your lip liner then go over the top with your chosen lipstick. Using the lipliner first will increase the longevity of your lip colour.

3. Add your shine

To achieve a mature shine to your glossy lips, opt for a clear gloss with pearlescent pigments. Apply your gloss over the top of your lipstick and watch your lips glisten when they hit the light!

If you don’t want to wear lipstick, that is absolutely fine. Opt for a lightly tinted lip gloss instead to enjoy the same effect.


There you have it! Three easy ways to master the glossy makeup trend.