Why You Should Never Use Lipgloss On Your Eyes

by Gio

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 may be harmless on the lips, but it can cause quite a lot of damage on the eyes.

Why you shouldn’t use lipgloss on your eyes

Lipglosses are usually scented. Sometimes, strongly too. The scent makes it a pleasure to apply them, but it can irritate and sting your eyes really bad. Ouch!

But, that’s not all. Not all ingredients that are approved for the lips are safe for the eye area too. Case in points, and colourants such as Red 6 and Red 28 Lake. You don’t want them anywhere near your eyes.

By using lipgloss on the eyes, you don’t just risk an irritation. You could also get an infection. In the worst case scenario, it 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? Share your experience in the comments below.



MonicaP September 2, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Oh, lipgloss on the eyes .. yikes! I’ve seen make up artists use Vaseline to give a dewy look though 🙂


Gio September 2, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Monica, yikes indeed! Vaseline is a better option, just as long as you don’t get it into the eyes. 🙂

Chic Readings September 2, 2014 - 5:14 pm

Good to know:) Although I’m very careful what I put on my eyes because they’re so sensitive. Thank you for sharing!

Gio September 2, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Helena, you’re welcome. We can never be too careful about what we put on oyr eyes, can’t we?

Tiffany September 2, 2014 - 6:15 pm

I haven’t tried it since my skin is pretty sensitive I try to keep things where they were meant to be.

Gio September 2, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Tiffany, smart girl! Use products in alternative ways is always a bit risky.

Laurie September 2, 2014 - 6:30 pm

LOL . . . no, it never would have even occurred to me! I’ve used lipgloss as a blush, but that makes more sense somehow even though it left my cheeks awfully shiny. 🙂

Gio September 2, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Laurie, I’ve never thought of using it as a blush, lol. It would be very shiny indeed, but at least it wouldn’t be dangerous. 🙂

Katie September 2, 2014 - 9:33 pm

The idea of lipgloss on my eyelids just seems gross to me, sticky and yuk even without the health issues. Safe to say I never have. I’ve used (lip safe, mostly) eyeshadows as lipstick many a time though haha

Gio September 3, 2014 - 6:25 am

Katie, I use some eyeshadows as lipsticks too sometimes. But the opposite is more dangerous. And quite uncomfortable due to the sticky feeling too, I believe. 🙂

Natalye September 2, 2014 - 10:48 pm

I’ve never used lipgloss on my eyes but I never will!

Gio September 3, 2014 - 6:26 am

Natalye, good for you! Some products should just be used for the purpose they were created for.

Janessa September 3, 2014 - 12:23 am

Eek! I’ve done this so many times when playing with makeup looks. Good thing I never wore these for more than a few hours and good thing my eyes are fine. You save me again!

Gio September 3, 2014 - 6:29 am

Janessa, glad you were never hurt! Not all lipglosses are dangerous on the eyes, but you never know which one may contain something that could you give an infection or something, so better be safe than sorry. 🙂

I’m so glad to hear from you again! How has life been treating you lately? Everything’s good I hope. 🙂

Janessa September 3, 2014 - 7:31 pm

I return to school tomorrow! This summer has been full of wonderful surprises. I’m going to write a letter right now to catch up on life and it’ll be included in the little package. 😀

I hope you’re doing really well too!

Gio September 3, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Janessa, I’m glad you’ve been having a wonderful time! And enjoy school! Oh, I can’t wait to read your letter. 🙂

The last few months have been really tough for me, but reading all your comments has put a smile on my face. 🙂

Simera September 3, 2014 - 4:18 am

Better stay away from lip gloss on the eyes. I love your blog by the way.

Gio September 3, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Simera, I agree, better be safe than sorry. Oh, thank you! Hope to see you around here often.

Niesha September 4, 2014 - 9:54 am

Interesting write up!! I won’t do it!

Gio September 4, 2014 - 11:53 am

Neisha, glad to hear that. It’s too risky! 🙂

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Wynter June 17, 2016 - 11:45 am

I did it a couple days ago and now I’m stuck with a painful infection and a swollen eyelid. PLEASE DONT TRY THIS!!!!

Gio June 25, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Wynter, oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that, how awful! Hope you’ll get better soon.

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