Of all the products in our makeup collection, lip gloss is one of the most foolproof. We’ve been wearing this classic for as long as we can remember. 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-y bold lip color, always go with a sheer bright or dark gloss hue. 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. Our go-to glosses include Lancôme Juicy Tubes and L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss.
Lip Gloss Tip #2: 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: Skin-Tone Shades Are Most Flattering
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.
Lip Gloss Tip #4: Don’t Judge a Gloss by Its 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 or try the old vaseline and warm washcloth trick to get the job done.
Lip Gloss Tip #6: Protect Your Lips
Wearing lip gloss is like wearing oil on your body, so you need to protect your lips with a sunscreen. Use an SPF lip product before swiping on your gloss to prevent any sun damage.
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 looked finished.