Lip gloss is and always will be one of my favourite. There’s no better way to visually plump up lips than to add a dab of gloss.
There’s a right way to apply lip gloss. Here are few lip gloss secrets, including how to make gloss stick around longer on lips.
How to Properly Apply Gloss
Instead of putting gloss on like you do lipstick from left to right, top to bottom apply gloss to the middle of your bottom lip only. Rub lips together. This will add the perfect amount of gloss.
If you are looking for high shine, apply a full sweep of gloss to the bottom lip and smack lips together.
Want More Colour? Just Add Lipstick
I love the look of just a bit of gloss over a neutral lipstick. After applying lipstick, dab just a bit of gloss in the center of lips and smooth out from there.
Keep in mind, too bright lipstick with gloss is too much — unless you’re going on stage to perform.Use a small brush- For a less thick application, use a small brush rather than the tube to apply lip gloss.
How to Keep Your Gloss Lasting Longer
Gloss has poor staying power. After few hours lip gloss tends to fade and smudge if you eat or drink anything.
In Vogue’s big book of Beauty, makeup artist and Nars founder Francois Nars shares his tip for creating the “perfect lip.”
First, he starts by filling in the lips with lip liner. He follows this with powder to set it. On top of the powder, he adds a dab of gloss. He loves to mix and match liners and gloss colours. There’s absolutely no need to match up the colours, according to Nars.
What Colour Gloss You Should Go For?
Just like lipsticks and lip liners, gloss comes in loads of colours and shades. You can go super light or super dark or pick a gloss that has no colour at all. You can also create your own perfect shade with lip liner and lipsticks underneath the coloured gloss.
For a natural look, makeup artist Bobbi Brown suggests the most flattering shades will be a shade or 2 darker than your natural lip colour. In almost of her many beauty books, she advises the following:
- Fair-skinned women look best in pinks, beige and light colour.
- Women with medium skin tones should try brown-based shades of rose, mauve and berry.
- Dark-skinned women look great in deep plums, chocolates and reds.
Prep Those Lips for the Smoothest Application
It’s always best to start with smooth lips, whether you’re using lipstick or gloss or even just lip balm. Always use lip balm or Vaseline to hydrate the lips before applying lip gloss or lipstick.
Use sugar and honey to scrub the lips few days a week to remove the dead skin.