The Secret Behind Cameron Diaz's Shiny Lids

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I've been searching high and low for the perfect product to give me that Cameron Diaz shiny lid look. I can't be the only one who has noticed her look. It's almost always the same--shiny lid, long lashes (unless it's that golden bronze all over shadow look--she does that a lot too).

The shiny lid is so pretty, so simple and so perfect. Sure, it could be a shadow and the accent in the corner is most likely indeed a shadow. But watch for it. The texture of the almost-nude sheen isn't a powder. It's not a white, but rather a nude shimmer. It's almost a clear gloss with a touch of iridescence. I've asked makeup artists, cosmetic counter associates and the answer I most commonly get is,

"It must be something unusual for camera only."

Completely refusing to believe that bunch of bullcorn, I mentioned it at Thanksgiving. I've looked at cream shadows, sheer, light pigments, gloss sticks and highlighters. You name it, I've tried it and couldn't replicate the exact look. During our turkey day meal, my sister AbbyDazzle said, "What about that Chanel primer you were into a few years ago? I still use that and it looks just like that."

She's totally right. That must be what it is. Except it wasn't technically a primer. Ombre D'Eau Iridescent Fluid Eye Shadow was meant to be an eye shadow. I say "was" because it's no longer available. Just as I discover what I was looking for was under my nose the entire time, it's gone.

So back to the drawing board I went, and that's when I had the most basic of revelations. If you use a good primer like Too Faced's Glitter Glue, everyone's first must-have highlighter does the job perfectly. If you are like me, your first highlighter was probably Benefit's High Beam. It's so obvious, I can't believe I didn't think of it first.

Add a brown eyeliner (or skip it!) and a lush lash and let your inner Cameron loose!

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  1. Very interesting and thanks for the tip! I knew there had to be something to pull that fresh, shiny look together. I'll have to try it out the next time I do my makeup.

  2. I just bought some Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer that is a beautiful shimmery neutral gold that looks great as eye shadow. I'm still playing with it because a little goes a LONG way. I'm currently a bit obsessed with her product line.

    1. I'm kind of in love with those too! I wish there was one that was more pearl-like. I have a peachy one that I wear CONSTANTLY. LOVE IT!

  3. Great post! very helpful and informative. Will surely try this one :)

  4. Did you try the Lorac 3D Lustre Liquid? The color and texture look similar to the picture.

    1. Oh Yes!! It's really, really glittery though. Less sheen and major glitter. It's really pretty though!

  5. Did you see the 3d Lustre Liquid? The color and texture look similar to the picture.

  6. I love your work. You did lots of research on this. Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely try this after getting manicure and pedicure spa.


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