Of all the products on the shelves, lip gloss is most foolproof. Slick it on (with or without a mirror) and go. Right? Well … sorta. Listed below are my top seven hard and fast rules for buying and applying it. Break them at your own risk.
Rule #1: Unless you’re going for a patent leather-y bold lip color, always go with a sheer bright or dark gloss hue such as the color tones in our Glossware Single Lipglosses. Opaque bold glosses are nearly impossible to keep looking neat, and they create a more over-the-top look than most of us are going for.
Rule #2: If you buy a gloss that doesn’t seem to mesh well with your skin tone, mix it with clear gloss such as Mentha Lip Balm to make it more wearable.
Rule #3: If you have fine lines around your mouth, choose a gloss shade that’s “close to your skin tone." This will make any bleeding that occurs with gloss less obvious. Use colors in our Lux Extreme Lipgloss collection for that natural but glamourous look.
Rule #4: Don’t shy away from thick or sticky formulas. “They are not necessarily bad, adding that thicker formulas give “the highest intensity shine” and last much longer their thinner counterparts. One warning: these are “not kissable, they’re definitely for looks only." Laura Leigh Beauty's Lip Laquer is a perfect example of half lipstick and gloss combined for the perfect level of intensity.
Rule #5: Don’t get caught with any icky gloss mouth. You know how some people seem to have a gloss/saliva combo collecting in the corners of their mouth and along the inside rim of their lips? We hope you’re nodding. This can be prevented by exfoliating lips regularly.Use the simple “Vaseline with a warm washcloth” trick to get rid of excess skin. If that doesn’t solve the issue, carry Q-Tips with you to swipe the excess gloss/skin/saliva/whatever-it-is off the corners and inner rims of your mouth or use our Cherry Bomb Lip/Blush Tint with Mentha Lip Gloss on the other side.
Rule #6: Protect your lips. “Wearing lip gloss is like wearing oil on your body,” so you need to protect your lips with sunscreen. I recommend applying lip balm before swiping on gloss to prevent sun damage.
Rule #7: “Don’t rub your lips together. It pushes the lip gloss outward so your lips no longer look finished especially if you are trying to create a three dimensional look with our Luxware Duo Lipgloss which gives you that glittery shine.
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