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How-To: Glamorous Glossy Eyes

Glossy eyes are a sexy, strong, and a notice-me makeup look for evening wear, but I'll give it to you straight — creating them is definitely not for the novice. It requires maintenance throughout the night and a conscious restraint from touching your lids, because they will smudge in an instant.

Although the application isn't difficult, it takes patience. I'd even suggest that you practice once or twice before you head out in the open. Who's up for the challenge? For five step-by-step directions (c'mon, I know you can do it),


  • STEP 1: Prep lids with a dab of foundation and set them with powder, or use a product such as Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Shadow Base to create a smooth canvas that will also prevent the shadow from creasing.
  • STEP 2: Apply loose powder under your lids to catch any shadow that will fall during the application process (trust me, it makes removal much easier). Then, add a cream or white shadow all over your lid and follow with a black or silvery powder shadow starting right above your lash line to the crease. Try something like SolutionEYES Seduce Palette for a smoldering look.
  • STEP 3: Apply your eyeliner, curl your eyelashes, and add false lashes if you like. If not, just add two coats of black mascara.
  • STEP 4: Next, to create a lacquered look, smear the dark area of your lid with a transparent-silver or sheer-gold lip gloss. Add some more to the inner V of your eyes and underneath your eyeliner on the bottom lashes. While it's very tempting to play with the lacquer, I urge you to resist temptation and let it be, or you'll cause smudging.
  • STEP 5: Wipe away any fallen shadow with a clean fluffy brush and just keep buffing until it's all gone. Lastly, bring your gloss with you when you leave the house so that you can touch it up if things start to fade and look dull.


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Summer-Blossom Summer-Blossom 9 years
I work as a makeup artist and I do NOT recommend doing this if you are going to a club/any place where you are going to sweat. It's not gonna look pretty!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Snice, I find that a smidgen of kohl works great on my Asian eyes. I wouldn't do this because I have the classic monolid, all flat surface. It would be too overwhelming.
vanitypot vanitypot 9 years
Uh, I'm not sure if this will look good on Asian eyes like mine. 0_o I think I'll just stick with my usual liner and not-too-dark shadows. :)
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
Molly Elizabeth, what is MAC all over gloss? I couldn't find it on the MAC website...
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
i tried this once but with bronzed/brown eyeshadow, i look good, very sexy, but i use contacts, and let me tell you, it hurt my eyes a lot, so... i think I'll pass, specially in black. Strictly runway look, for me.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 9 years
I loooooove this look. I like doing it with a beige shadow, and then thin liquid liner, like how gwen does it in her lamb ads....
thelorax thelorax 9 years
glossy eyes look like some kind of oozing infection to me...particularly when done with a dark-toned smokey you got punched really hard.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Not if the end product looks like that picture. She looks like the female, streetwalking version of Nick Nolte's mug shot!
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Oh I love this look. Now if only I had somewhere to wear it...
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
yeah the photo is jacked... I'll stick to a classic smoky eye thank you very much!
Swen Swen 9 years
I like the glossy look, especially when it's with bright colors. I don't think I'd do this though just because of the touch ups. Once my eye makeup is done, I'm not touching it for the rest of the night.
LArgent LArgent 9 years
I like this a lot. It's a great way to brighten the smoky look.
MollyElizabeth MollyElizabeth 9 years
That photo is not a good visual for this trick. I used to keep clear lip gloss and a super smudgy eyeliner in my bag to create a glossy eye for when I knew I wouldn't make it home to change to a night look. Now I have MAC's all over gloss for when I want to do this.
misscoopa misscoopa 9 years
LOL hollylyn. So very, very true.
hollylyn hollylyn 9 years
Alternate methods of application: 1. Dip finger in motor oil 2. Smear over eye lid. Tips: DO NOT USE MIRROR!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I think it makes her eyes look too small & dark, which isn't very flattering. The glossy look reminds me of when I once tried shimmery brownish lipstick as eyeshadow when I was still experimenting with cosmetics. It felt terrible and heavy!
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
It sounds like a really fun look but I'm totally picturing raccoon eyes. Do you think this could work on someone with deep-set eyes?
iRose iRose 9 years
This look is disgustingly ugly for real life. Fab on the runway but blah in person.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
Yikes :O
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I'm sorry, but this woman looks like she has two black eyes. Why on earth would I want to look like that?
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
This is just ugly.
RosaFeuille RosaFeuille 9 years
she looks like a dead person hahaha (inside joke) it looks greasy, I prefer a more matte look
laomy laomy 9 years
wow, I think she looks awful. BLEND!!! there shouldnt be a distinct line where the smoky eye "ends"... hence the smokiness....
Meka_suga Meka_suga 9 years
Could you try this with a color other than black? Idk. It looks ok.
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