July 25th, 2017
Glossy lips, cheeks and now eyelids – we’re wholeheartedly embracing the mirror shine look as a push back against the ultra matte lip look from winter. There’s something refreshing and ethereal about a slick of shiny gloss, and a raft of new eye gloss products show we’re not alone in thinking so. If you’re looking to try the trend here are some of our favourite gloss givers.
We find that glossy eyes are best pared with a matte, subtly perfected face to give the look a slick edge. MAC is always a safe place to start – their Studio Eye Gloss (£16) fits the bill perfectly, in a small range of pretty shades. It’s quite a thick texture so be careful not to use too much or it could end up transferring all around the eye area.
A bargain version in a handy squeezy tube comes in the form of NYX Lid Lacquer (£5.50). Pat on a small amount using your ring finger, or for a real vinyl effect use a flat synthetic brush to create an artistic slash of light-reflecting gloss.
The Paul and Joe Eye Gloss (£16) are all kinds of pretty, without resorting to glitter to achieve a bit of shine. The formula is a bit prone to creasing though, so be sure to use an eye primer or cream shadow underneath to create a base.
A clear gloss is the easiest way to wear the trend – enter YSL’s Eye Gloss Smudger (£18.50), a real high-shine top coat for a smokey, smudgy eye. It adds enough slip without causing too much damage and movement to your shadow work beneath.
Speaking of smokey eyes, Jillian Dempsey’s Lid Tints (£22) create the easiest lived-in look. Created through her work with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart, these lightly tinted glosses have less of a fluid texture than a standard gloss formula, offering a degree more control. We’re obsessed with the two new shades, launched this month – moody Ruby and rose-gold Glimmer.
Mixing things up with lip products can be an easy way to trial the trend as well before investing in specialised products. A glossy do-all balm like Smith’s Rosebud Salve (£8) work perfectly, as do lightweight lip oils and glosses. For a splash of colour you could try something like the 3ina Lip Oil Balms (£7.95) for a juicy twist on the look.
Bobbi Brown makes the eye gloss trend super accessible and wearable with their Eye Gloss pens (£19.50). Available in a soft bronze, nude or pink, we like the balance between pigment and shine in these easy sponger-tipped pens.