It’s not new news that many of my “self care” Sundays consist of all-day pajamas, bottomless coffee and YouTube beauty tutorials. A few years ago I discovered an LA-based makeup artist, Harriet Hadfield, and her makeup aesthetic is everything. It’s a brown-ish bronze smokey eye look, when everyone else is smudging dead greys and black kohl all over the place. In fact, Harriet single-handedly introduced me to one of my favorite eye palettes, the Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Candeur Et Experience. Who knew a brick red and brown color way could be so magical? Harriet did.
Lately, Harriet has featured more content on Instagram with daily looks on her IG Live and IG Stories (@harrymakesitup) which makes me positively joyous. With the increased content, I’ve been introduced to a new trend...eye gloss. Not the clear eye gloss of the 90s and early aughts (which was usually MAC Clear Lipglass applied over eye shadow) but actual eye tints and glosses meant to impart a sheer wash of color, a healthy amount of shine and a LOT of movement and creasing.
Truthfully, mega 12/14/16-pan eye palettes we see everywhere these days are a bit lost on me. So many colors, so little eyelid space! I prefer an eye product that adds a hint of color and gloss and applies easily in one or two swipes of the finger. That’s a true Beauty Hero of mine. As you experiment with eye glosses or tints, remember to keep in mind the following when using:
- These products WILL crease. Embrace the imperfection.
- Building an eye gloss is difficult so make sure you like the opacity of the product after one swipe. Building is difficult and can cause patchy, uneven color.
- Some products are “clean” and contain a myriad of oils. Check the ingredient list to make sure these oils work with your skin. Oil isn’t for everyone.
Here are The Sunday Issue’s favorite eye glosses and tints.
Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint
Jillian Dempsey’s Lid Tint is categorized as “clean” and was the first of the lid tints and glosses to be featured by many makeup artists, most likely because Dempsey is a makeup artist herself who has clients you definitely know: Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, and Kirsten Dunst to name a few. But, back to the Lid Tint. This one is hyper-emollient and spreads easily, especially as the warmth of your fingers heat up all of the oils (sunflower seed oil, coconut oil, etc). The color selection is editorial but wearable at the same time - Peach is a creamsicle orange that warms up the eyes and brings out the green and bronze flecks in brown eyes!
Troy Surratt Lid Lacquer
Troy Surratt is a beauty master. His eyelash curler is best in class, so when Harriet consistently featured Lid Lacquer in Hadaka, a champagne, mushroom brown that is simply magical. Surratt’s formula is glossier and sparklier than Dempsey’s. This product gives you the Glossy Eye but leveled up a few, sparkly notches. Afraid of the goopiness? Don’t worry - this is slick not sticky so unless caught in a tornado (in which case, please take cover), your hair won’t stick to your eyelids.
RMS Eye Polish
You’ve got oily eyelids and won’t touch an eye gloss? No judgments. Why not try a formula that captures and reflects light, sparkles AND stays put? If that sounds like a product for you, try the RMS Eye Polish, also discovered via Hadfield’s videos. We love the shade Embrace and it’s an easy way to get some color and shine without worrying about excessive creasing. The formula dries down to slightly powdery finish which helps it wear for 6 to 8 hours.
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer
Perhaps it’s cheating because this product is categorized as a luminizer but the consistency makes it perfect for eyes! It’s a whipped mousse formula and has ZERO stickiness and minimal creasing when applied. Ghost Light is our favorite shade but each one is beautifully ethereal and makes you think you’re a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, without the donkey and unrequited love, naturally.
CATHERINE SPINLEY IS THE EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AT THE SUNDAY ISSUE AS WELL AS A FREELANCE WRITER AND SOMETIMES-PHOTOGRAPHER. WHEN NOT STALKING OTHER PEOPLE’S DOGS OR YELLING AT PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WALK UP THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ESCALATOR, SHE WORKS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY AND PRACTICES YOGA. YOU CAN READ ABOUT HER AT WOREPAINT.COM AND @SPINDERELLA1110.