How to Do Glossy Lids, the Non-Sticky Way
Glossy is a word we like. Sticky is a word we don’t. Unfortunately, the two often go hand in hand. The term sticky eyelids sounds markedly less glamorous than glossy ones. Which is why we’ve done our homework, trying to find the shine-creating products that won’t leave your eyelids sticking to themselves. Scroll through to find out how to achieve glossy lids, the non-sticky way!
Glossy lids are a two-step process. Step one? Shimmer or metallic shadow—just avoid glitter. The finer the shimmer, the better the wet look. Liquid, cream, powder, and gel formulas all work, though liquids, gels, and creams tend to deliver that glossy look best. Apply with a brush or your finger, making the color as sheer or as opaque as you please.
Pictured: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle ($29)
Now it’s time to get glossy. Your first option is to use a light balm, like Glossier’s Balm Dotcom ($12)—it’s our pick for least sticky balm. Tap on a thin layer with your finger. Here’s the real trick: Avoid the crease. Leave a small break open along the crease in your eyelid. That’s where you feel the stick factor most. Leaving it clean eliminates the stickiness, and it’s just in your crease, so no one will even notice you missed a spot.
For the glossiest of lids, use—wait for it—lip gloss. The key is to use one that stays in place—nothing too liquidy. Celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson likes to use MAC’s Tinted Lipglass ($15) on eyelids. Try it in Oyster Girl.
Pick your preferred method of gloss, and keep scrolling for our favorite base shadows to go under it!