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“Glossy” smokey eyes | How to get a wet-finish, faux-gloss lid

Matte black base / Faux-glossy eye / Faux-glossy eye with gloss applied on top

Dear internet, I AM SORRY FOR BEING BORING. I’m going to start making it up to you today, though! :D

One lid look that I’ve always been a huge fan of is that “glossy” finish, but it’s one that doesn’t exactly wear well off the runways. No matter what kind of gloss you’re using, the facts are the facts: oils and emollients on your lids will make your shadow crease, no matter how many primers you wear or how careful you are.

So, here’s how to get my theNotice approved™ faux-glossy smokey eye. Come on – you know you want to.

How to get the faux-gloss finish

1. To start off, create a run-of-the-mill matte smokey base. The darker the better (the darker your base is, the more the “gloss” will pop), but the important thing is to stick to matte or satin finishes!

2. Next, pat a light, super-shimmery eyeshadow right in the middle of your lid. You’ll want to chose something with really noticeable shimmer – not so much large shimmer particles, but a lot of shimmer particles. (I used a Clarins quad, but Sephora’s In the Light Moonshadow palette comes to mind as another great choice.)

3. To help pick up the eye look, add the same shimmery eyeshadow to the inner corner and lower lashline as well.

Start with a smooth, matte base…

4. Using a fluffy brush, lightly blend the edges of the middle-of-the-lid-shimmer. For a more cohesive look, you can add a minute amount of a darker shimmer (I used Mauvement) on top of the black base.

5. Clean the undereye with a cotton bud soaked in oil-free makeup remover, then pick up any glitter fallout with a piece of scotch tape. (Stick it to you hand a few times first, so you’re not pulling at your skin too much!)

6. To keep the results from meandering away from “grunge” and straight into “messy,” finish with concealer and powder as needed.

The finished look

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70 Comments

  • Reply Paris B

    I love this! Love love! Now, I feel like wearing this or something approximating this to work tomorrow but I might get thrown out on my ear. I had a bad day today, tomorrow isn't better but goshdarnit! I'll look good braving the week! :P
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    November 1, 2011 at 7:21 AM
  • Reply Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    But super-shimmery eyeshadows usually fade quite fast. Any tips on how to prevent that?
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    November 1, 2011 at 7:53 AM
  • Reply Jamilla

    Really pretty! Thanks for the tip!!

    November 1, 2011 at 7:55 AM
  • Reply PinkGlitter

    I love the pop of shimmer/gloss! Great eyeshadow look.
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    November 1, 2011 at 8:16 AM
  • Reply herroyalbleakness

    Thanks for the tip! I love the glossy drama :)
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    November 1, 2011 at 8:49 AM
  • Reply eileen

    What an ingenius way to pull off the glossy look, without the icky sticky gooey glossy! :D

    November 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM
  • Reply BeautyReflects

    Like it lots!! Great trick Rae. I don't think I could stand that oily feeling on my lids0much prefer this!
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    November 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM
  • Reply kelly

    nice! i really like the look of the "worn in" shiny eye. i think it looks so sexy and sultry. what a clever idea to use shimmery shadow instead of other ways. much neater!
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    November 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM
  • Reply Alison M

    Smokin'! Hmm….no pun intended ;)

    November 1, 2011 at 2:03 PM
  • Reply Julie Fischer

    You're incredibly talented! The lid really does look glossy :o
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    November 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM
  • Reply Vulcan_Butterfly

    Great tutorial! I was wondering how to do this without using something slimy ;)

    November 1, 2011 at 3:53 PM
  • Reply @Jadedgn

    That is brilliant! I'm borrowing ths look for sure!

    November 1, 2011 at 7:18 PM
  • Reply Eden-Avalon

    Rae~ !! We were so clearly on the same wavelength when you wrote this. I was recently messing around with creating a similar look – but with a silver shadow for my Orange Lip Looks series. I didnt' like how much the glossy finish made my shadow crease so I highlighted with a white shadow instead. I still haven't perfected it but when I do i'll post. Great minds~

    November 1, 2011 at 8:12 PM
  • Reply rites of beauty

    Great idea. I've never quite figured out how to do this look, so this helps a lot. :)

    November 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM
  • Reply messywands

    I want thenotice approved glossy lids now! Also, have I relayed my supreme envy of how impeccably groomed your eyebrows are? I need your skillz, girl!

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    November 1, 2011 at 10:58 PM
  • Reply AdorableOnYourVanity

    It will be so perfect for holiday parties!!
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    November 2, 2011 at 12:24 AM
  • Reply smashinbeauty

    Lovely tutorial thanks :D
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    November 2, 2011 at 7:26 AM
  • Reply Liz (Reductionista)

    Absolutely stunning!! I love that it incorporates things that a lot of us might already have in our eye shadow collection. I will definitely copy this look at some point over the holidays. (Is it okay if I call you my pretty unicorn? You're almost unreal!)
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    November 2, 2011 at 6:46 PM
  • Reply bloominbeauty

    I LOVE this! I have liked the glossy eye look for some time but really don't like the creasy-greasy that comes with the authentic look. Thanks for helping me fake it. ;)

    November 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM
  • Reply Zakiyyah @ YBA

    I cannot wait to wear this look with a pair of wet look leggings and a SICK leather jacket. This will probably happen TONIGHT. Thank you so much!

    November 4, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    This is so lovely! I am going to try it out. I wonder how many times I will have to practice to get it as perfect as yours though!

    November 11, 2011 at 2:17 AM
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    this is so freaking pretty.
    i would love to see how it looked zoomed out (the rest of your face) too, though!

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