The 6 Glossy Make-Up Looks You Can Achieve In 5 Minutes

From mirror-shine make-up to high-gloss status skin, anything goes (as long as it glows)


by Cassie Steer |
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Photographs: Baard Lunde; Make-Up: Andrew Gallimore Using Dior Beauty; Beauty Direction & Words: Cassie Steer

Double Glazing


While there is always a place for solo beauty statements, there is also a dazzling case for doubling up for next-level swagger. ‘It’s about really embracing a texture and rejecting antiquated rules about having to choose between a bold eye or lip,’ says make-up artist Andrew Gallimore. ‘Give your vinyl red lip extra staying power by using a long-wear lipstick or stain under your gloss.’

Patent Pending


Glossy needn’t mean girly. Gallimore took inspiration from the Dior S/S ’24 show, where pigment was concentrated on the inner part of the lips for a ‘witchy’, wine-stained mouth. ‘When you layer a clear gloss over the top it evolves into this beautiful graduated colour that gives extra dimension to lacquered lips,’ says Gallimore.

Glossy Posse


For mega-watt shine without the shimmer, swap make-up for skincare. ‘Using oils and balms as highlighters is nothing new, but our current obsession with glow has meant that people have been revisiting the light-reflecting technique to add a natural-looking sheen,’ says Gallimore, who recommends applying to high points of the face.

Black Mirror


‘Don’t expect a glossy eye to stay put – it’s going to melt and evolve with wear, but that’s part of its allure,’ says Gallimore, who layered clear gloss over sooty black eyeshadow. ‘The distressed finish and saccharine lips lend a softness to the look but, if you prefer more solid colour with clout, add a dab of gloss only to the very centre of the lid.’

Beam Me Up


Maximise radiance by opting for a luminising complexion enhancer, such as Dior’s Forever Star Glow Filter, £45, before adding some strategic strobing. ‘It’s precision placement with an unapologetic finish,’ says Gallimore, who used highlighter to create a soft arc to cradle the tops of the cheekbones where light would naturally hit.

Latex Lashes


Why should lids have all the fun? Give lashes added luminosity with a pop of clear gloss. ‘It’s just another way of exaggerating your eyes as the gloss really helps to reflect the light and gives eyelashes a laminated quality,’ says Gallimore, who began by layering three to four coats of waterproof mascara.

Shop: The Good To Glow Edit.

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