The big slick

To­day’s lip gloss for­mu­las are less sticky more mois­tur­is­ing and come in a wider va­ri­ety of tex­tures than ever, mean­ing you can pick and choose the level of shine you want. Here’s your gloss guide.

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Your go-to gloss guide


Con­sider this the gate­way gloss. A new gen­er­a­tion of sub­tly shiny for­mu­las – balm-like tex­ture and sheer cov­er­age, so they’re ideal for any oc­ca­sion. “It’s a no-brainer,” says celebrity makeup artist Carissa Fer­reri. “You don’t need a mir­ror or to fuss around with it too much, and it won’t rub o„ or get messy.” Th­ese easy-go­ing op­tions of­ten have mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties to se­ri­ously soften your lips.


Th­ese glosses are rem­i­nis­cent of your old-school favourites in terms of colour payo„ and sheen, but they’re no longer goopy. Ap­pli­ca­tors have got­ten bet­ter, too. “We’re see­ing the evo­lu­tion of the wand make it eas­ier to swipe on and con­trol,” says celeb makeup pro Frankie Boyd. Some for­mu­las seem 3D: “They have a pris­matic look to them,” says Frankie. You get a nice shine – and cool e„ects – with­out hav­ing to pile it on.


Love drama? En­ter high-volt­age glosses. To prep, ex­fo­li­a­tion and hy­dra­tion are key, says Carissa, who mixes a tea­spoon of sugar with lip balm to DIY a scrub. For the il­lu­sion of plumper lips, start at the cen­tre of your mouth and work your way to the lip line when ap­ply­ing your ul­tra shiny colour. To pre­vent smear­ing, “Blot the gloss on a tis­sue be­fore you eat,” says Frankie. “You’ll have a nice out­line for a post-meal reap­pli­ca­tion.”

(1) El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Beau­ti­ful Colour Liq­uid Lip Gloss Fin­ish in Red Door VIP R299 (2) Ur­ban De­cay Hi-fi Shine Ul­tra Cush­ion Lip Gloss in Gold­mine R290 (3) Ca­trice Prisma Lip Glaze in Daz­zling Star­boy R79.95 (4) Dolce & Gab­bana Dol­cis­simo Matte Liq­uid Lip Colour in Or­ange R750 (5) Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Flam­ing Lips R545 (6) Essence Metal Shock Lip Paint in Bel­ladonna R69.95 (7) Colore­science Lip Shine SPF35 in Pink R685 (8) LCN Lips Gloss in Frosted Kiss R378.30

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