Once a popular lip topper in the ’90s, sported on teenage girls in potent cherry scents, you will be happy to know that gloss has grown up and is looking more luxurious than ever. A beautiful accompaniment to bold hues washed across eyes, lips, or dabbed meticulously onto cheeks, it’s an easy medium for elevating colour and adding dimension.
RISE & SHINE
The runways love it and makeup artists can’t get enough of a healthy dose of gloss slathered on eyelids. It can be a gift when placed just right, but seem like a curse when creasing, slipping or sliding all over the lid surface. There is definitely a level of technique, timing, and know-how required when dealing with gloss but there is no need to be fearful.
“Don’t be afraid of glosses and balms, they are a great addition to modernise your makeup look instantly. Don’t expect your makeup to look perfect, rather perfectly imperfect and slightly lived-in, especially when using a gloss on the eyes,” advises makeup artist Renee De Wit. You could settle for the “opposites attract” notion and pair your glossy features with a matte skin canvas, but in our opinion, a dewy, balmy skin complexion that bounces light over contours is the perfect accompaniment. “The quickest way to glowing skin is by adding a serum or highlighting liquid to your usual foundation and adding a little lip balm or lipstick to the cheeks,” says De Wit.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
We love those multipurpose beauty products that give more bang for our buck. Gloss can be both the main event and a behind-the-scenes participant when creating a look. When it comes to lips, layer gloss atop bold, matte hues for the illusion of fuller lips, or place sparingly as an adhesive for another runway favourite — the glitter lip. It’s no secret that glitter can get messy, especially if you’re not sure of what you are doing. But when applied properly, a glitter lip can look elevated, luxurious, and have a skin-jewellery-like quality.
The easiest way to create this look is to start by applying your lipstick shade of choice with a lip brush or straight from the bullet. Apply a thin layer of clear gloss to the lips, but don’t get heavy-handed as the glitter will just drip off instead of staying put. Use a medium eyeshadow brush to pack on glitter until the whole lip is neatly covered to the edges... and sparkle away.
GET THE LOOK:
1. RMS Beauty Signature Set Pop Collection, R1,235, from skins.co.za
2. Stila Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Vivid Sapphire, R395, from woolworths.co.za
3. Fenty Beauty Body Lava Luminizer in Who Needs Clothes, 90ml, R1,699, from takealot.com
4. Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick in Transparent, R860, from woolworths.co.za
5. Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal 15ml, R370, from bobbibrown.co.za
Image credits: Photography: Kevin Mackintosh. Production Design: Daryl Mcgregor. Makeup: Renee De Wit/Gloss Artists Management Using Chanel. Model: Clanelle/Ice Models. Retouching: Graeme Bulcraig/Touch Digital London.
• From the October issue of Wanted 2020.