The ‘90s are back in a big, big way. From the return of Mom jeans, to tattoo chokers, platform sneakers, brown lipstick and now, the glossy eyelid—we’re reveling in this retrospective.

And because the glossy eyelid trend is making its way from runway to everyday, we asked pro makeup artist Diana Alba to recreate this look so you can get glossy, too. Grab some lid lacquer and step into our time machine …

Glossy Eyelids

Step 1: Apply Eye Makeup Primer

For long-lasting wear, apply an eye makeup primer to your eyelids.

Glossy Eyelids

Step 2: Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Using a black, felt-tip liquid liner, thinly line the upper eyelids.

Glossy Eyelids

Step 3: Mix Gloss & Eye Shadow

On the back of your hand, mix a lid gloss with a loose, pigmented eye shadow powder. We used NYX Cosmetics Lid Lacquer and Loose Pearl Eye Shadow.

Glossy Eyelids

Step 4. Apply the Mixture

Apply the mixture by pressing—or dabbing—it onto your eyelids with your fingers.

Glossy Eyelids

Step 5: Line the Bottom Lashline

Line the bottom lash line with an aubergine metallic eyeliner pencil or pressed eye shadow. For more impact, fill in the waterline with a darker metallic eye pencil.  We recommend Lancôme Artliner in Aubergine, Urban Decay Liquid Moondust in Magnetic

Glossy Eyelids

Step 6: Apply Highlighter

To brighten the eye area, highlight the inner corners of the eyes using a liquid illuminating pen. Then brush away any fallout from the shadow and apply concealer to the lower eye area.

Glossy Eyelids

Step 7: Apply Mascara

To complete the look, apply a thin coat of mascara to both your top and bottom lashes.

Glossy Eyelids

Continue scrolling to see the final look on our model Yilin!





Are you planning to recreate the glossy eyelid look at home? Share your thoughts below, and tell us about the other trends you’re excited to try this fall!

Makeup Artist: Diana Alba

Model: Yilin Wang

Photos: Jessica Schramm


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