Follow These Steps for a Perfect Glossy Lip LookMay 09, 2023
We love a matte lip moment as much as the next person, but there’s something about a glossy lip look that makes it a go-to in our summer makeup rotation. Plus, dewy and glazed makeup looks have inarguably reigned supreme for the past couple of years and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Not only is the fresh, glowy look universally flattering, but it can be more comfortable during the warmer months.
Another major selling point for glossy lips? The look is super easy to accomplish. Keep scrolling for our editors’ tips on how to get a glossy lip look, as well as some of our favorite lip products that don’t skimp on the shine.
How to Get a Glossy Lip Look
Step One: Exfoliate
For the most flawless-looking lipstick or gloss application, it’s important to prep your lips adequately. Exfoliating with a lip scrub or by gently using a damp washcloth is an essential first step. This helps buff away flakes of dead skin to give you a smooth canvas.
Step Two: Moisturize
Just as you moisturize your skin before applying foundation, you need to give your lips a boost of hydration before going in with your lipstick. Smooth on a hydrating balm, like the La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm, or a lip primer to lock in moisture.
Step 3: Apply Your Lip Color
After you exfoliate and moisturize, you’re ready to apply your product. Simply swipe on the lipstick, gloss or balm of your choice. If you really want to play up a specific lip color, you can apply lipstick first, then add a layer of clear or tinted lip gloss.
Our Favorite Products for a Glossy Lip Look
ICYMI, glazed makeup is still having a major moment and you can get the look with the YSL Beauty Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze Lip Gloss Stick. Infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, it has the vibrant pigment and high shine of your favorite lip gloss with the nourishing properties of a balm. Try it in the shade Red Crush to get in on another major summer beauty trend — cherry lips.
For a longwear, budge-proof option you can rock on your busiest days, try this glossy liquid lipstick from Urban Decay. With just one swipe, it delivers ultra-pigmented shiny color that stays looking flawless for up to 16 hours, resisting transfer, smudging and water.
Get bold, reflective shine with the Maybelline New York Super Stay Longwear Vinyl Ink Longwear Liquid Lip Color. The unbelievably saturated formula and color-lock technology guarantees that your lip look won’t fade or smudge for up to 16 hours. Choose between sleek nude shades and electric pinks and reds.
If you prefer a more subtle shine, you’ll love the satin finish of the Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro Satin Long-Lasting Lipstick. Formulated with glycerin for maximum hydration, the velvety feel of this lipstick will make it an instant favorite. Layer a clear lip gloss over it to amp up the shine.
This lip oil is one of our favorite clear glosses to pair with lipstick when we want to deliver some seriously blinding shine (without any stickiness). Not only does it look great, but it’s super hydrating, thanks to the vegan squalane in the formula. If you want to rock it on its own, there are also seven pigmented shades to give your lips a perfect hint of color.
This lightweight lipstick from L’Oréal Paris has all of the nourishing, hydrating goodness of a lip balm, leaving your lips feeling soft and pillowy. It has a more understated shine than some of the other options in this list, but you can enhance it with the brand’s Balm-in-Gloss.
Fake the look of fuller lips — and get stunning shine — with the Maybelline New York Lifter Gloss With Hyaluronic Acid. We love the shade Gummy Bear from the candy-themed drop — it’s the perfect Y2K-inspired frosty baby pink.
Another lipstick-lip-balm hybrid, Glossier Ultralip is a great option for everyday wear because it offers the buildable, diffused color of a lip tint. The buttery soft formula melts into your lips and feels as comfortable as your favorite soothing balm.