As much as I love my lip glosses (I’ve become a hoarder), I can’t help but want a smilar sheen elsewhere on my face. These all-over glosses work similarly to a highlighter, bringing focus to your favorite features.
At the Kenzo Autumn/Winter ’13 show, dark eyeliner was contrasted with a glossy eyelid. To get a similar effect, you have two choices: wear a clear gloss or Vaseline over your existing eye shadow of choice or go with a colored gloss. The Paul and Joe Eye & Lip Gloss Duo ($34, urbanoutfitters.com) keeps your eyes and lips coordinated, and Jane Iredale has an assortment eye gloss shades to choose from (each $15.50, janeiredale.com).
When applying eye gloss, it’s important to start with an eyelid primer, like Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20, sephora.com), to hold it in place longer. Like lip gloss, though, eye gloss will shift and collect in the eye crease, so keep a hand mirror and clean Q-tips with you.
If you want to give skin a healthy glow, use a small amount of gloss on the bridge of your nose or along your cheekbones. MAKE Face Gloss ($18, weseebeauty.com) and Elemis ‘Pro-Radiance’ Illuminating Flash Balm ($60, nordstrom.com) both go on clear and can be applied on top of foundation and blush. Both can be a little sticky at first, so keep hair back for a minute or two while you let the product dry.
You may already be familiar with gloss treatments that are meant to leave hair shiny for a couple months, but a new wave of styling glosses will give a similar effect in mere moments. Shu Uemura’s Touch Of Gloss ($38, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com) is a hair balm that smooths down the hair cuticle while delivering a light hold to your hairstyle. Color Wow Pop & Lock ($18, ulta.com) goes on wet or dry hair to deliver crystal-like shine.
While the idea of lip gloss is nothing new, there are new ones being added every day. Lancôme Gloss In Love in Glittermania (a pretty coral) has a noticeable sparkle inside the tube, but once you click the button (there’s no twisting of the cap!) and apply, it becomes shiny, instead of over-the-top glitter. The Body Shop‘s new range of lip glosses ($10 each, thebodyshop-usa.com) are formulated with organic coconut oil and vitamins E and B5 to keep lips looking and feeling healthy. And if you want a little boost with your gloss, try Kardashian Beauty’s Lip Plumper (available at Ulta stores later this month) to get a noticeably fuller pout.