Eyeshadow Tips: How To Create A Dramatic Glossy Eye Look

So I did a tutorial on a natural glossy eye last week. Today I will cover a slightly more advanced version of the same look – a dramatic glossy eye.

Since the look involves the use of darker colors, it will require patience and practice to master it. Compared to the natural glossy eye, this also has a higher tendency to smudge. I highly suggest you save it for photoshoots or the runway.

Glossy smoky eye makeup tutorial

What You Will Need

* Vaseline/Clear Gloss
* Black Eyeshadow
* Medium Brown Eyeshadow
* Highlighting Eyeshadow
* Black Waterproof Eyeliner
* Waterproof Mascara

1. Start out with a clean eye area. Make sure you remove all traces of makeup and tidy up your eyebrows a bit.

2. Apply a very thin layer of foundation or primer to prep the eye area.

3. Color in your entire eyelid with a waterproof black eyeliner (try Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Eye Definer in Noir) and line your lower lash line.

4. Pat a layer of black shadow like Jane Clubbing eyeshadow onto the eyelid and under the eye. Blend a medium brown eyeshadow (I used the color on the right in NARS Cordura Duo Eyeshadow) onto the crease. Highlight the brow bone with a shimmery color like B Pressed Eyeshadow in Bethlehem.

5. Reline your upper and lower lash lines with the pencil eyeliner. Curl your lashes and apply a few coats of waterproof mascara on top and bottom. Apply false lashes on the top if you want a more dramatic effect.

6. Press a thin layer of Vaseline onto the center of the eyelid. Remember not to blend the color or you will end up smudging everything (the gloss will work its way around anyways).

7. Clean up the undereye area with a foundation brush dipped in foundation/concealer.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


    • Yes Huiro which is why I said the glossy eye look is NOT meant to last and is best left for photoshoots and fashion shows.

  1. wow this is absolutely STUNNING!!! i’ve always wanted to try this look, i’ve seen it in some of kevin aucoin’s work.

  2. Hey, I sent my address to you on makeupalley…

    I realize my $20 off $100 purchase is not applicable for NARS stuff… so screw that…

    I think I’m getting Underworld with the $15 at Sephora 😀 Or should I get Violetta, I really like the shimmery side…

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