Lip gloss is used mainly in order to achieve a glossy finish, alone or over lipstick, and sometimes to add a subtle color. Lip glosses come in different textures, from clear to opaque, and creamy to high shimmer; they also often come in different flavors or scents. They can contain moisturizing agents as well as vitamin E, which is why they help protect dry lips while adding a ‘fresh, young’ touch to any look. Additionally, new types of lip gloss are designed to make your lips appear even plumper: they contain ingredients that create this effect, temporarily, and which may feel tingly after application, for only for a short period of time.
Lip glaze is similar to lip gloss, but much lighter in texture. It is meant to give lips high shine and a juicy / glazed look. It contains less pigment than lip gloss, and it it is easily applicable, as it glides very well.
Consider using lip stain if you don’t want to have to worry about re-applying color throughout the day. Once dry, lip stains last 8 to 12 hours. Furthermore, they are so enduring that makeup remover will be needed at the end of the day to take them off. Because they focus mainly on pigment, and not moisturizing, they are best used with balms or glosses. Lip stains come in liquid or gel forms, with applicators.
Lip lacquer is similar to lipstick, except it lasts less long and has a shiny look. It is a glossy lip color, applied with a lip brush. Lacquers are highly pigmented and opaque. They are easy to apply, have a smooth finish and are very comfortable to wear.
How to apply:
Start by moisturizing your lips. Applying lip gloss to dry lips will cause the gloss to cling to dry areas, preventing you from of achieving an even, fresh look.
Find the gloss shades that best suit you, according to your skin tone, but also the look and overall makeup you are using. In general, you can use the following guidelines to find your best matching shades:
Fair-skin: light shades such as pink or beige
Medium-toned skin: rose, mauve or berry
Dark-skin toned skin: plum, chocolate or red
Depending on the occasion, different glosses will help you create different looks. For natural looks you can use light, gentle shades, like pinks and skin tones. For everyday ‘fun’ looks you can experiment with vibrant colors and metallic tones. Finally, for evenings and more dramatic looks use darker, sensual colors, like deep reds.
Your gloss will be enhanced by the use of a lip pencil. Trace the contour of your lips and fill in with the gloss. You can use tone on tone shades or the same color, for a more natural look; if you are going for a natural look, you will have to blend in the lip pencil with your lip gloss applicator.
You can also apply lipstick under your gloss. Lipstick can provide an extra color layer, underneath the gloss; this can be helpful, especially if the gloss is sheer or a more discrete color. Adding the gloss will ensure that your lipstick does not wear off. However, if you like the shade or finish of your lip gloss alone, there is no need for the additional lipstick layer.
You can apply lip gloss with different kinds of applicators: a wand, roll-on tube, or sponge. Apply the lip gloss to the applicator first and then to your lips. Start at the middle of the bottom lip and spread it lightly towards the edges of the lip. Use Q-tips to correct any mistakes and make sure the application is even.
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