Welcome. Today we are going to talk about lip gloss, a cosmetic that was a fever in the mid-2000s and that has become a success again among women in recent years. The gloss leaves the lips voluminous, shiny and attractive. The product may have different colours, textures and finishes and besides making up, it protects and moisturizes the lips. If you want to bet on this trend, keep reading this article. We will give you some tips on how to choose the ideal gloss according to your skin tone, teach you how to apply the product and give you some shopping suggestions.
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- 2 First things first
- 3 The Best Gloss: Our Picks
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Purchase criteria: Factors to compare the different models of gloss
First things first
- There are gloss options in different textures: creamy, fluid and milky. You can also choose between different colours (even transparent) and finishes: shimmery, glitter or translucent.
- The gloss is a very versatile cosmetic, after all, you can use it alone, with the outline of a mouth pencil, after the lipstick and even in less obvious areas such as the cheeks (to replace the blush or illuminator) and to give shine to the eye shadow.
- This cosmetic can also be used to protect and hydrate the lips. To have this benefit, look for vitamin E and fatty acids in the product's composition.
The Best Gloss: Our Picks
Whether it is to enhance strong points or hide imperfections, make-up is a great ally for women, so much so that it is worn on a daily basis and on special occasions. To put together a makeup kit, it is worth betting on some items that can be used in different ways. This is the case with gloss, which can be applied to the mouth, cheeks, temples and eyes. We will teach you how in this Buying Guide.
How to use the gloss and what are its advantages?
Then, just apply a layer of gloss. If it is applied after a lipstick, the durability and fixation will be even greater. The interesting thing is that the product can transform a matte lipstick into a shiny one.
And it is not only on the lips that the gloss can be used. This product can replace the blush, just spread a few drops with your fingertips giving light strokes. If it is transparent, you can use it as an illuminator, just apply a small amount of the product on the temples and spread it. If applied after the eye shadow, it gives a wet effect, just apply a drop of product.
Gloss, Lip Balm or Liquid Lipstick: Which one is best?
The gloss is an excellent option to use in the winter, because this product protects, moisturizes, gives colour, shine and enough volume to the lips. There are several colour options, but they are usually lighter and transparent. The durability is excellent and the product does not need to be touched up frequently.
The lip balm is a product indicated for moisturizing the lips and protecting them against sun rays. The colorless model is ideal for those who just want to moisturize the lips, but do not want the makeup effect. The coloured models, besides moisturising the lips, leave a soft shade on the mouth. Some of them even have a flavour and smell, which can be strawberry, raspberry, vanilla or mint.
Liquid lipstick has the same coverage as a stick lipstick, but lasts longer because of the high concentration of pigments. It moisturizes, gives colour to the lips and leaves a light glow. This product is easy to apply, as it comes with a brush similar to a gloss. Because it has different shades and the texture can be creamy with shiny or matte finish (matte effect). Still not sure? Check out a table comparing the three options and choose the best one for you!
|Gloss||Lip Balm||Liquid Lipstick|
|Indication for use||Can be used to moisturize, colour and shine to the lips||To moisturize and protect the lips against sun rays||To give colour to the lips|
|Effect||Shine and texture wet||Shine discreet||It may have shiny or matte effect|
|Tint||Several colour options, usually shimmering||It may be colorless or have soft tones||Several colour options, from light to dark|
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Purchase criteria: Factors to compare the different models of gloss
Just like with any other make-up item, when you go to buy a gloss it is interesting to observe some important features that change from one product to another, they are:
- Amount of product
We will explain each of the criteria to help you choose the best gloss model according to your skin tone, preferred texture, needs and frequency of use.
Choosing the right shade of gloss not only helps to enhance your make-up, but also your face shape, features and skin tone. For this reason, there are products with several shades and textures.
- Tanned skin: the golden or shimmering gloss will brighten up your skin and enhance your tan.
- White skin: for those with light skin, pink, orange and red shades look great.
- Darkskin: shades of brown, gold and wine are great for those with this skin tone.
- Darkskin: for dark skinned people, darker colours are great. Go for copper, aubergine and grape tones.
- Oriental skin: because of their yellowish skin tone, oriental women look great with open or burnt pink, pinkish brown, cherry, plum and wine tones.
Many people complain that the gloss has a sticky texture, which leaves the lips with a greasy appearance. Indeed, some products have this defect, but did you know that you can find glosses in different textures! The gloss with milky texture has a transparent background and pigments in pastel shades. Products in this texture give the illusion of volume on the lips, so if you have a small mouth, this model is ideal. The fluid type has an oily base and a light formula. It is very light, does not drip even in high temperatures and a little bit of product already gives a very nice effect.
Pay attention to the components of the gloss you are thinking about buying. You can find options with good substances such as raspberry oil, which is rich in fatty acids (it creates a barrier that protects the skin from dehydration), and vitamin E, known for its high nourishing power. Some formulas are also free of harmful substances such as parabens, preservatives found in beauty products that are associated with the development of some diseases.
Amount of product
The amount of product which comes in the package may vary a lot, and this is a very important factor to be observed when buying. There are gloss models with 3 ml, 4 ml, 7 ml and even 12 ml.
If you use the gloss quite often or even daily, it is worth buying a product with a larger amount, otherwise it will finish quickly.
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