5 Glossy Eye Makeup Looks That’ll Have You Shining Bright

January 22, 2021
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
person wearing glossy purple eye makeup

From ombré floral designs to multi-colored cut creases, graphic eye makeup is all the rage right now. If you have the skills (or patience!) to create one of these looks, we bow down to you. If you’re looking for an easier way to up your eye makeup game, though, we suggest trying the glossy look. A colorful glossy eye can be just as impactful as a complicated design, but only requires a swipe of lip or eye gloss in addition to your shadow. No matter what your level of makeup prowess, read on below to get inspired by our favorite glossy eye looks on Instagram. 

Purple Rain 

In this look created by makeup artist Jonet Williamson, the lavender glossy eye is the undisputed star of the show. She added some mascara, a swipe of purple liner along the bottom lash line and then kept the rest of her makeup fresh and neutral. 

Glossy & Gold

If you’re ready to put your makeup skills to the test, try recreating this colored graphic eyeliner look that features gold flakes covered in gloss for even more shine. 

Compare and Contrast

In this two-toned look by @rowisingh, the gloss adds texture and contrast to the matte orange eyeliner. For an easier look, stick to the glossy blue shadow and pop on a matching shirt because, why not? 

Almost Natural

Here’s proof that a swipe of gloss looks just as good on bare lids as it does over shadow. For extra credit, try adding a neon wing like @maha.gram did here.


Applying a gloss over a soft red or pink shadow adds an edge to an otherwise feminine look. Here, makeup artist Danessa Myricks used the Clear Glaze from her eponymous line as a topper. 

Photo: Jonet Williamson

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