I learned a lot of useful beauty tips by watching Youtube. If you have oily lids and don’t want to see your just-finished eye look destroyed within minutes, apply primer first. You can save a lot of storage space by depotting eyeshadows and blushes into one palette. Don’t ignore paint brushes. Sometimes, they work just as well as makeup brushes and can cost considerably less.
But there’s also a lot of advice on there that is, at best, questionable and, at worst, dangerous. One such tip is the use of lipgloss as eyeshadow. It’s an old trick used by many makeup artists to achieve a glossy look for editorial photoshoots, and one you shouldn’t copy. Why? Lipgloss, which is harmless on the lips, can cause quite a lot of damage on the eyes.
Why you shouldn’t use lipgloss on your eyes
Lipglosses are usually scented. Sometimes, quite strongly too. While this enhances our pleasure in applying them, the strong fragrance can irritate and sting your eyes really bad. Ouch! But that’s not all. Not all ingredients, and especially colourants such as Red 6 and Red 28 Lake, that are approved for the lips are safe for the eye area too. So, by using lipgloss on the eyes, you don’t just risk an irritation. You could also get an infection, which, in the worst case scenario, can lead to blindness! That gorgeous, glossy wet look has lost a lot of its appeal now, hasn’t it?
The Bottom Line
The wet, glossy eye makeup look is beautiful, but achieving it with lipgloss can be quite dangerous! Better stick to the use products were formulated for and use lipgloss only on the lips.
Have you ever used lipgloss on your eyes?