Move over, matte. Glossy lips are making a comeback. When you’re ready for an update from your Kylie Jenner lookalike neutral matte liquid lipstick, take a shine to the new glossy finish lipsticks in pinks and corals that are one of the biggest trends of the season.
Shiny formulas have evolved from the sticky messes of the ‘90s. Today’s glosses hydrate and sooth with smooth color that nourishes delicate lips. Shine levels range from subtle satin finishes to mirror finish, high polish lacquers. Along with every imaginable finish, glosses and shiny lipsticks offer every level of color pigmentation.
One way to wear shine is the muted pink lip. A muted glossy rose lipstick works well with on-trend green eyeshadow, and the shade coordinates nicely with this season’s pink monochromatic makeup. Choosing a gloss that’s one or two shades lighter than your natural lip color won’t wash out your lips.
Bolder colors need a little help to prevent bleeding over the lip line. Start by applying a primer, pressing your lips together and waiting until the primer feels tacky. Follow with a lip pencil and then apply gloss.
If you’re not feeling a full-on gloss, try a satin-finish lipstick. Check out a lip oil in a clear or light color for a completely natural look that’s softened and moisturized by vitamins and oils. Or, renew your old favorite matte lipstick by layering on a new gloss.
Fenty Beauty By Rihannna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $18, Sephora
Rihanna wants your kissable factor to be just as high as her own. That’s why she’s handpicked this universal gloss bomb with explosive shine in three shades that flatter all skin tones. The special vanilla-and-shea-butter formula guarantees your irresistibility.
COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Sweet Strawberry, $5.53, Amazon
Covergirl’s Sweet Strawberry is a juicy red berry that’s perfect for a sizzling summer. This is one of the best lip glosses you’ll find at a budget price.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre in Portobello Girl, $22, CharlotteTilbury
CT’s high-gloss lacquer gives your lips a brilliant finish and gives the illusion of fuller lips and a voluptuous pout. Lotus flower extract is the antioxidant that hydrates and soothes lips for color stays in place for six hours.
Beautycounter Lip Gloss in Dahlia, $29, Beautycounter
Infinitely wearable sheer color combines with enviably lustrous shine in this moisturizing gloss. This gloss saturates lips with a delectable natural vanilla flavor.
Nars Orgasm Oil-Infused Lip Tint, $26, Sephora
A sheer, tinted lip oil infused with raspberry seed oil and pomegranate extract nourishes and protects with antioxidants and long-lasting hydration. Cult favorite Orgasm is a peachy pink shade brightened with golden shimmer that flatters all skin tones.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick, $38, Sephora
Glossy finish will make a bold color like coral a little less intimidating to wear. YSL’s oil-in-a-stick gives medium coverage and an innovative texture that conditions lips while guaranteeing high-performance color and irreverent shine.