Glossy Lids: How to Get the Look

My fascination with glossy lids started after finding the Instagram feed of makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes. She has incredible artistry and often highlights the product in her varied makeup looks. There’s just something about them that is so glamorous yet understated. Up until that point eye glosses were an elusive makeup product I’d heard of but had never actually seen in person or used myself.

So, I was inspired to recreate the look and purchased the Elf Studio Glossy 3-in-1 Makeup Top Coat ($3, no longer available). Since it was only $3 I figured it would be a cheap way to try the look out for myself. Much to my surprise the gloss was insanely easy to use and looked just as chic in person. Whether you dab it onto your eyelids solo for a natural and dewy look, or on top of shadow for something a little more extra, it is surprisingly easy to wear. Of course, the eternal issue with an eye gloss is that eventually it will crease and there isn’t much you can do about it. Even with primer they start creasing after around 30-45 minutes. To me it’s part of the allure and magic of this particular look though. Plus, all you have to do is lightly tap the gloss with your finger and it will move back into place.


Flesh Beauty Fleshpot Eye & Cheek Gloss

$20 USD/$27 CAD

On my quest to find a more flashy version I picked up the famed Fleshpot Eye & Cheek Gloss by Flesh. Rather than a clear gloss this one has a slight peach hue to it with small specks of bright pink and gold glitter. It’s insanely gorgeous and definitely has a disco ball effect to it, just mesmerizing. What I love most though is that this gloss dries down just a bit on skin but doesn’t lose that “wet” look that is so appealing about it in the first place.


Kevyn Aucoin The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss

$38 USD/$52 CAD

Next on my list is the crown jewel of glosses, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Exotique Diamond Eye Gloss ($38). These stunning pots practically have cult like status and the shades are to die for, especially Cosmic which is holographic. I’ll admit all three versions have been sitting in my shopping cart for months during my indecision as to which shade I need to purchase the most. Since I’ve been coveting them for a while it’s about time I finally order one.