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Monday, 24 July 2017

The Perennially Cool Glossy Eye Look

I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a bit of a makeup rut recently, so I decided to do the ever-alluring wet-eye look, inspired by the queen of glossy eyelids, Katie Jane Hughes. There’s something so inherently chic about glossy eyelids, and I paired it with a fun orange-red lip to make it more summer-appropriate.

Terrifying, as this may seem, it’s surprisingly easy to recreate. Here’s a breakdown of my look:
As always, I skipped using a base and prepped my skin with the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. It’s a pearlescent light-reflecting primer that goes on beautifully and looks glorious on the skin. What I particularly love about this primer is that it can be mixed into a foundation to dial up the dewiness or can be worn on its own for a glimmer-free glow. I wanted the skin to look quite bare and luminous, so I used the concealer very sparingly. The Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher (4) is one of my hero products – it’s lightweight and counteracts any discolouration without caking or settling into the lines. The click-pen applicator makes it easy to apply, and the formula is densely pigmented, so you only need a tiny bit.

I wanted to add a faint hint of colour to my face, so I squeezed a little Glossier Cloud Paint (haze) on the back of my hand and applied it to the apples of my cheeks. Despite its sheer finish, I find that it lasts exceptionally well and the berry hue diffuses into a flattering flush. The idea was for the eyes to have a smokey lived-in look, so I applied a liquid eye shadow all over my lids and blended it with a fluffy brush. The Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Shadow in Mocha is a standard bronze colour that’s perfect for creating a sultry smokey eye look a la Carine Roitfeld. It’s incredibly long-lasting, and I find that it wears well under the gloss.
Next, I dabbed a tiny dot of the Mac Lip Glass (clear) onto the lids and patted it in with my fingers. Applying gloss on the eyelids does take a bit of getting used to, but the key to making it work is to apply the tiniest bit. It does crease and smudge, but you can always smooth it out with your fingers. Also, the lip glass is slightly sticky, and you can feel it on your eyelids. I think a more wearable option would be the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (KJH-approved) as it’s non-sticky but delivers the same amount of shine. Initially, the focus of this look was the just the eyes, but I decided to be a little more adventurous and do a bold orange-red lip. The Nars Lip Pencil in Red Square is an old favourite that sadly doesn’t get much use. I like to pair bold lip colours with minimal makeup as it looks like I’ve made a bit of effort, even if I’ve just hurriedly drawn it on in an overcrowded train. 
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