Your guide to gloss

How to rock a shiny fin­ish on lids, cheeks and more this win­ter

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

gloss is ev­ery­where – not only on our lips, but on our en­tire faces. With beauty game chang­ers like Ri­hanna and Kim Kar­dashian West of­fer­ing up their own pop­u­lar ver­sions (Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb and KKW Beauty Ul­tra­light Beams), shiny-eyed models walk­ing the run­ways and ba­si­cally ev­ery­one on our feeds sport­ing dewy com­plex­ions, glossy skin feels thor­oughly mod­ern. “Shine adds drama with­out be­ing over-the-top,” says Grace Lee, makeup artist for May­belline. Makeup pro Munemi Imai adds, “The wet look is ef­fort­lessly sexy.”

Here, how to wear this slick trend on your eyes, lips and skin.

Glassy pink lids

Smokey-eye fa­tigue? Gloss on the lids cre­ates an ef­fect that’s cooler, says Grace. For hot pink shine, Munemi sug­gests ap­ply­ing an eye primer like [4] Smash­box 24 Hour Photo Fin­ish Shadow Primer (R325), then smooth­ing on a highly-pig­mented pink pow­der shadow. We love [3] The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye­shadow in Berry Cheeky (R50). Fin­ish with a clear gloss, by tap­ping it on with your fin­ger. No mat­ter which gloss you choose, be warned: “It’s go­ing to move,” Grace adds. “Ap­ply it a lit­tle higher on your eye­lid and avoid your lash line to pre­vent wreak­ing havoc on your mas­cara.”

Vinyl cherry lips

“While peachy, nude shine is cer­ti­fi­ably fresh, a bright pink gloss is high glamour,” says Grace. For the la­tex-like lips, fill lips en­tirely with liner and swipe on a bright lip­stick to com­pletely sat­u­rate your lips with colour. Fol­low with a clear, high-im­pact gloss, like [1] Essence Shine Shine Shine Lip­gloss in Be­hind The Scenes (R44.95). Or try [2] Rim­mel Oh My Gloss! Oil Tint in Mod­ern Pink (R89.95). It’s a bit of a high-main­te­nance look, so pre­pare for mid­day touch-ups and avoid kiss­ing too many cof­fee cups.

Honey-like high­light­ing

Gloss gives off a pretty, dewy tex­ture with­out be­ing too ob­vi­ous. To prep skin, stick with mois­turiser only or use a liq­uid foun­da­tion, as mix­ing with a pow­der can get clumpy. TRY [6] El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Flaw­less Fin­ish Per­fectly Satin 24HR Makeup (R475). Warm up the gloss on the back of your hand, and gen­tly tap it high up along your cheek­bones and un­der your brows. TRY [5] Gosh Lip Oil in Clear (R155). To keep from look­ing straight up sweaty, “Avoid gloss on your T-zone,” Grace ad­vises.

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