August 20th, 2014
High-fashion and editorial looks are some of our favourite things. If you’re anything like us, you’ll see an incredible look and go diving into your kit with one thought on your mind: ‘I want to do that’ For the first of our new series of posts, Warpaint puts the trend for glossy eyes on trial, to see how to create a catwalk-worthy look using the normal contents of your kit.
First step is to use a rounded Concealer brush, such as the Crown Brush C224 Oval Camouflage (£3.49), to cover the eyelid with creamy, nude base shade or primer. We like the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer (£15). Maybelline Color Tattoo (£4.99) cream eyeshadows are also releasing some new colours for A/W 14. We’re looking out for ‘Creamy Beige’, a taupe-beige shade. The cream consistency of this base layer helps to avoid excessive creasing later. Apply all over the eyelid.
Next pack on your chosen colour using a dense brush, such as the Zoeva Smoky Shader brush (£6.95). Cream liners and shadows work particularly well, again to avoid creasing. We chose to try the Make-Up Atelier Paris Creme Eyeshadow in ‘Sparkling Gold’ (£14). You can then blend a powder shadow over the top, or into the crease, depending on the look you’re going for. If you want to use liner, now is the time to do it, then finish with curled lashes your mascara of choice. We used the Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara (£21) for its excellent hold.
Now it’s time for the shine. We tried a few products to create the ultimate glossy lid – everything from Vaseline to various lip glosses. Our favourite result was a mixture of them – a bit of Vaseline (£1.32), or Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (£25), and a dollop of a light, clear gloss, mixed together on the back of the hand created the best texture to work with. We reached for Kryolan’s High Gloss (£12.90) in ‘Crystal Rose’, for a super subtle rose tint to the gold cream shadow.
Dab it onto the centre of the lid with another dense, rounded brush, such as the London Brush Company #16 Soft Mini Shadow Contour Brush (£14). Spread to the edges with light fingertip strokes, making sure not to leave too much wet product to get trapped in the crease. We also found that a more tacky texture like the MAC Mixing Medium Shine (£16) to be a good alternative, or if you have any MAC Face Gloss (sadly discontinued) around that would work too.
Do you have any product recommendations or tips for the ultimate glossy eye? Let us know in your comments at @Warpaint_Mag