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Confession time: I’m not a lip-gloss fan. Regardless of having an overflowing stash, I barely contact them in favor of a hydrating lip balm or traditional matte lipstick. Nonetheless, one factor I’m all the time on board for is glow — even when I am simply popping to the put up workplace, I will dab a contact of highlighter on my cheekbones. It cancels out tiredness immediately, and who would not want that? So, once I noticed individuals on TikTok utilizing their lip gloss as an eyeshadow and highlighter to amp up shine, I believed I might lastly put my assortment to good use.

Though the late ’90s and early ’00s staple has attracted over 9 billion TikTok views beneath the hashtag #lipgloss, it is solely just lately that I noticed it getting used as a do-it-all make-up important, exhibited by pure make-up connoisseur Zak Heath. Utilizing Vieve’s Lip Dew Unique ($23), Heath painted his lips, eyes and, properly, complete face, in a golden, shiny hue. After a quick-investigation, I discovered that #lipglosseyes has over a million views alone, with numerous extra TIktok customers attempting the pattern. Even movie star make-up artists Katie Jane Hughes and Jaleesa Jaikaran are on board. Absolutely then, it should be social gathering authorised?

Although I am workforce dewy pores and skin all 12 months spherical, the festive interval is the right alternative to take the additional shine out for a spin — and with a household social gathering on Saturday, I tried to show my face into tinsel. I began my routine as regular, making use of my base, blusher, and brows, earlier than making use of lip gloss like I often would — on my lips. I adopted go well with and in addition used Vieve’s lip gloss; it appears a safer choice than a vivid pink gloss and has a delicate gold end. Thus far, so good.

Subsequent I moved onto the eyes. After deeper analysis, I noticed different Tiktok customers apply eyeshadow as a base for pigment. I used the burnt orange shade Ghost City from my City Decay Bare Wild West palette ($25, initially $49). I then swiped on a layer of Lip Dew and used my fingers to easy over any creases. Preliminary thought? Sticky. It is value utterly pulling your hair again because the formulation is a honey-trap for rogue hair strands. It feels a bit heavy on the lids, too, however it does improve eyeshadow. The pigment beneath actually pops — a useful hack if most of your palettes have matte shadows and you’re in want of a metallic colour for festivities. I opted for an outdated eyeshadow brush at factors to keep away from getting any in my eye and would advocate everybody be further cautious when making use of gloss right here and add mascara on the finish.

Now for the cheekbones, chin, nostril, and brow: I swept the lip brush over all these areas and patted it in place with my fingers. Take this as your warning: it may well get messy. Although formulation are nowhere close to as sticky as they have been again within the 2000s, it is nonetheless much more cheesy than a conventional highlighter. It is a completely different form of shine, too. Whereas many highlighters will give a strong glittery sheen, lip gloss offers a extra glass-like impact, coating the areas in a thick, light-bouncing shine. I discovered myself dolloping much more on, too, and but, I nonetheless did not attain the extent of shiny that Heath offered (he should have used a complete bottle within the course of).

For somebody who has pigeonholed lip gloss for the lips solely, I like the concept a tiny bottle, which would require no area in my mini social gathering bag, can now change my lipstick, highlighter, and eyeshadow palette for night time’s out (belief me, I take nearly all of my make-up bag with me). It additionally appears savvy to be using my inventory of glosses slightly than shopping for extra metallic eyeshadows or a brand new highlighter when one runs out — an economical and sustainable strategy to doing make-up.

Whereas I can be doing this once more over the vacation interval (and past), my solely qualm is the slippy threat that comes with it. I observed my eyeshadow shortly ended up slightly below my forehead bone and teaming it with hair down was high-maintenance. A few firsthand ideas could be to repair the gloss in place with a setting spray and workforce the look with a slicked-back bun to keep away from gluing it to my hair. Aside from that, lip gloss has earned itself a brand new, important spot in my make-up bag.