What is it that makes you look glossy?

(43 Posts)
Chocolategirl7 Sun 08-Jun-14 20:34:58

I was at the Derby yesterday in the grandstand - so fairly dressy and smart. Was really struck by how much effort people had made but some people just looked 'glossy' a smart and well turned out. Others had clearly made an effort and had nice clothes on but just didn't look so together / glossy / classy. I don't know what the word is but I want to look like that! What's the secret? Please tell me what you think.

Probably good hair cut, clean and well-styled.

fuckinglondonballs Sun 08-Jun-14 20:41:42

This thread comes up every few months. From what I gather: being thin, good skin, good hair cut and blow dry, good teeth, plain manicured nails and a good looking face.

Twinklestein Sun 08-Jun-14 20:50:27

They're just posh OP.

Openup41 Sun 08-Jun-14 21:52:39

I have a friend who always looks glossed. She does not have the fake eyelashes, tan look more English rose. Her make up is natural but alluring, her hair is always clean and well cut, her clothes are well put together from head to toe, her nails are well manicured.

She looks like she has stepped out of a glossy magazine.

Money helps! Her monthly clothes budget is my yearly budget.

AddToBasket Sun 08-Jun-14 22:19:37

It's money, time and water.

I am very scruffy - bad skin,bad hair etc, bad posture - and the only time I can address the scruff is when I throw money at the problem. In expensively cut clothes, in good fabrics, with recently done hair I can just about pass. It doesn't come naturally.

However, I do notice that if I've been drinking tonnes of water, I do look a little more sparkly. Also, if I've spent time organising looking good (book facial, get eyebrows done, etc) it's always worth it.

KoalaDownUnder Mon 09-Jun-14 06:25:57

Straight white teeth, professionally styled hair, glowing skin, neatly manicured nails.

They're the basics.

Expensive and well-maintained shoes, accessories and clothes (in that order) are the icing on the cake.

moomin35 Mon 09-Jun-14 06:52:05

I'm interested to know too!!grin

CillaBlacksOrangeBouffant Mon 09-Jun-14 07:07:12

a good layer of chip fat.. you will shine all day grin

kerstina Mon 09-Jun-14 08:47:44

Like the girls on made in chelsea. I think it must be youth and money?

Hopefully Mon 09-Jun-14 10:18:00

I think wearing things that suit you colour/style wise makes a difference - oddly, I look much more together when I wear something slightly more relaxed, because I just look overdone and false in really prim and proper stuff.

Clean groomed hair/clear skin/neat and appropriate make up all make an enormous difference too, IMO.

thesaurusgirl Mon 09-Jun-14 14:35:07

It's not money - Victoria Beckham must spend a fortune, but she never looks glossy, she looks insecure and overdone.

Just aim to look healthy, pretty and natural. Aiming to look like a magazine cover star or someone famous, laying on the false nails, lashes, extensions and tan will be very expensive, but you will look cheap.

Look after your skin and wear foundation in exactly the same colour only where you need it.

Leave your eyebrows well alone! Have your threader to take off only the stragglers and inbetweeners so that you maintain your natural shape. If you have fair eyebrows, have them professionally tinted and if you have dark ones, don't go colouring them in some more Kate.

Use a tiny bit of eyeshadow instead of eye liner, and almost no blush. Use coloured lip salve rather than lipstick and certainly not jammy gloss. Mascara should be combed through, not weigh your lashes down like a Tiny Tears doll. False eyelashes should be individual lashes professionally applied on high days and holidays, not a a drunken ill-fitting strip glued to your eyelids at every opportunity.

Keep highlights the same base tone as your natural colour, so it looks as if they happened in the sun, not at the hairdresser's. Don't bite your nails, don't grow them beyond your fingertips, and don't paint them crazy colours.

Hair and nails should be professionally supervised as often as you can afford it. If you're exposing your feet, have a professional pedicure first.

Get lots of sleep and fresh air.

Wear natural fibres that need ironing or drycleaning, and make sure they're pressed when you wear them. Have all your tailoring altered to fit perfectly. Keep your shoes and bag clean.

Maintain a fighting weight and make sure your bra and knickers fit and are invisible under your clothes.

thesaurusgirl Mon 09-Jun-14 14:41:19

Glossy: Olivia Palermo, Autumn Phillips, Queen Rania, Charlotte Casiraghi, Bee Shaffer, Aerin Lauder, Plum and Lucy Sykes, Anna Wintour, Sophie Wessex (more recently), Cate Blanchett.

thesaurusgirl Mon 09-Jun-14 14:42:25

Not an exhaustive list, just some names that come to mind.

elQuintoConyo Mon 09-Jun-14 14:46:43

Shiney teeth and tits, always stands me in good stead.

elQuintoConyo Mon 09-Jun-14 14:48:44

Blimey, I have never heard of 6 of the women on your list thesaurusgirl grin

QuarterCracked Mon 09-Jun-14 14:50:03

blow dried hair. being slim.

QuarterCracked Mon 09-Jun-14 14:50:50

i've heard of those women but i can't visualise their outfits. don't read hello

thesaurusgirl Mon 09-Jun-14 14:52:36

Quint grin. I LOVE Hello, not least because of the amount of time I spend at the hairdresser's.

How could I have forgotten Cat Deeley or Elle MacPherson? They're the ultimate glossy blondes.

TroyMcClure Mon 09-Jun-14 14:53:02

i disagree - neon toes can look ace, and def do brows

yorkierocks123 Mon 09-Jun-14 15:26:34

and nothing above the knee if your over 28

yorkierocks123 Mon 09-Jun-14 15:27:02

or shoes with platforms or sparkly bits

noddyholder Mon 09-Jun-14 15:27:57

Over 28 haha as if

noddyholder Mon 09-Jun-14 15:29:50

Good skin,slim,hair that moves and is a colour that exists irl! Clothes that fit. Agree brows just pull it all together. Not too much make up.

TallulahBetty Mon 09-Jun-14 15:30:38

What magically happens at 28 that means you can't wear skirts above the knee, then? confused

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