Up Your Lip Gloss Game With These Pro Tips

May 01, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
person wearing pink monochromatic makeup and holding lip gloss to mouth

Of all the products in our makeup collection, lip gloss is one of the most foolproof. Slick it on — with or without a mirror — and go. Right? Well, sorta. Makeup artist Taylor Babaian has seen and experienced her share of lip gloss mishaps, so she's here to dole out her top seven hard and fast rules for both buying and applying it. Take notes and break them at your own risk.

Lip Gloss Tip #1: Pick the Right Hue

Unless you're going for a patent leather-like bold lip, always go with a sheer bright or dark gloss hue. Opaque glosses are sometimes impossible to keep looking neat and they create a more over-the-top look (but if that’s your thing, go for it). Our go-to glosses include Lancôme Juicy Tubes because they have a lot of neutral and pink shades and the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss which come in every sheer shade under the sun.
lancome juicy tube, urban decay hi-fi shine

Lip Gloss Tip #2: You Can Create Your Own Shade

If you buy a gloss that doesn't seem to mesh well with your skin tone, no problem. Mix it with a clear gloss or petroleum jelly to make the color more wearable.

Lip Gloss Tip #3: Choose a Gloss That's Close to Your Skin Tone to Make Feathering Less Noticeable

If you have fine lines around your mouth, you may want to choose a gloss shade that's close to your skin tone. This will keep any color bleeding that may occur less obvious. Try the Urban Decay Lip Plumper in Heat for a natural, bronzey touch.
urban decay lip plumper in heat

Lip Gloss Tip #4: Don't Judge a Gloss By It's Formula

Don't shy away from thick or sticky formulas — they’re not all bad. Thicker formulas can give the highest intensity shine and the color lasts much longer than their counterparts. Just remember: these glosses are not kiss-proof.

Lip Gloss Tip #5: Exfoliate Your Lips Regularly

Don't get caught with any icky gloss mouth. Exfoliating your lips regularly — especially before applying a gloss — can keep the color from settling into cracks and migrating off your pout. Reach for a lip exfoliant like the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean or try the old Vaseline and warm washcloth trick to get the job done.
Sara Happ Lip Scrub

Lip Gloss Tip #6: Protect Your Lips

Wearing lip gloss is like wearing oil on your body — it intensifies sun exposure — so you need to protect your lips with sunscreen. Use an SPF lip product before swiping on your gloss to prevent any sun damage. We recommend the Coola Classic Liplux Organic Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30.
coola lip balm

Lip Gloss Tip #7: Don't Rub

Don't rub your lips together — it pushes the lip gloss outward and your lips will no longer look finished.

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