How To Pull Off The Glossy Eye Trend Without Looking Sweaty

Glossy lids have taken over. With Pat McGrath creating a high-shine blush lid at Valentino, and over 23,000 #glossyeyes posts on Instagram, it's fair to say the latex-look lid is here to stay. As fresh and clean or as bold and bright as you choose, the look is part of the wave of more experimental and playful beauty seen both within the industry and online.

"They're definitely an antidote to the traditionally ‘made-up’ look that people are increasingly moving away from," Kirsty Gaston, freelance makeup artist for 3INA, reiterates. So how can we create the look at home? "The new Eye Gloss by 3INA is really easy to use, with a sponge applicator that means no brushes or applicators are necessary. It comes in four colors (including clear) so you can tone it down or up depending on how you’re feeling," Gaston explains. "Just swipe the applicator straight across the eyelid for a really easy application, or dab on with fingers for a more understated shine." Since the 3INA gloss isn't yet available in the U.S. just yet, try M.A.C. Eye Gloss or Milk Eye Vinyls.

Of course, waterproof mascara is a must if you want your lashes to stay intact. Wait for the majority of the product to set before looking up, and you're good to go. Click through to find the looks we're loving and the products we recommend to recreate them.

Makeup artist Anne Sophie Costa created this look for 3INA's Valentine's Day Collection. Sweeping a pink shadow across lids, she used the brand's The Color Eyeliner in 505 for a contrasting red cat eye flick. To all our friends in the States: Try Vivid Brights Eyeliner by NYX.
Celina Rodriguez gave Taliwoah true blue lids with Milk Makeup's Shadow Liner in Model/DJ. Roughly fill in lids up to the brow bone with the color, sweeping it out in a loose wing shape.
London-based makeup artist Bea Sweet goes for gloss with Burberry's Kisses Gloss in Nude Beige, before applying Lash Unlimited's false lashes in No.9.

Neatly follow your socket line from inner to outer eye, before filling with product. Apply mascara to bottom lashes for a contrast between black and pink.
Sunset eyes took Instagram by storm recently, with everyone experimenting with orange, yellow and red hues. Antoinette Mahr tried a Halloween-inspired ombré look, using Suva Beauty's Matte Shadows in Papaya and Electric Slide, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and Kat Von D's (sold out) Mi Vida Loca Palette. She topped it all off with New York Color Liquid Shine Lipgloss.
You only have to look to industry giant Pat McGrath to see how it's done. At Valentino's SS18 show, she created an '80s-inspired pink look, leading blushed lids down to the tops of cheeks, finishing with a high-shine gloss for extra pop.
If color isn't your thing, update the '60s eye with gloss galore, à la MAC makeup artist Federica Di Bernardo. She created these graphic eyes with the brand's Fluidline Eyeliner and Lipglass in Clear.
Inspired by a look created by MAC makeup artist Romero Jennings at NYFW, Lori Murphy created a rounded sunset mix of MAC Eye Shadows in Chrome Yellow, Rule, Red Brick and Dazzle Shadow in Last Dance, finishing with Studio Eye Gloss.
If bright colors are a little too bold for you, just dab gloss over concealed and primed lids, like Vedaa.
Makeup artist Greta Agazzi used NYX Cosmetics Vivid Brights Creme Color in Rebellious Edge topped with YSL's Eye Gloss Smudger. She applied the product with her fingers, dragging out to an extreme flick.
Recreate this soft sunset look with a peachy shade in the outer corners and banana yellow in the inner corners, blending with a brush to connect the two. Paint your bottom waterline with chalk-blue liner, coat lashes with black mascara, and add gloss.
Channel your inner green-eyed monster like Céline, who used Kiko Cosmetics' High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in Pearly Lime Green, with a covering of gloss on top.
Another inventive way to do sunset eyes. Veronika splits the color up, using orange on the top and burgundy on the bottom, both from Lime Crime's Venus II Palette.
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