I swear there’s a magic dial behind makeup counters that associates can use to crank up the brightness of their lipglosses because shiny shades of red, coral, fuchsia, neon orange and hot pink are blossoming right before my eyes!
Bright, glossy lips are among my favorite things about summer. Here are five hot tips to get your pretty kisser primed and ready to glow!
1. Prevent pigmented glosses from drifting past your natural lip line
Once I spent an entire day sightseeing in San Francisco without realizing I had bright red lipgloss smeared all over my chin… I’d assumed folks were staring because they wanted to be friends, but when a highly pigmented gloss creeps past your natural lip line, it’s like wearing a big sign on your forehead that reads, “WHEE! LOOK AT ME! I LOOK LIKE A CRAZY!”
To halt the migration, start by lining the outer edges of your lips with a clear lip liner like Benefit D’finer D’liner ($20). Because it’s clear, it won’t alter the shade of the gloss you’re wearing and won’t lead you down the path to pigment overkill.
2. Exfoliate for an even, smooth surface and maximum shine
Smooth lips love gloss and look downright dazzling in bright sunlight. Pump up the volume of your favorite glosses with some gentle exfoliation.
I like to mix MAC Naked Honey Salve (Rosebud Salve works well, too) with a pinch of granulated sugar and rub the concoction against my lips with a finger for a minute or two. Presto! — a soft and smooth pucker, no flakes included.
3. Protect your pout by adding SPF
What’s a girl to do when she finds a perfect bright beach gloss, but it doesn’t contain SPF? She can prep her pout by starting with a layer of an SPF lip treatment like Smashbox Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Clear. It’s a non-sticky balm that stays put all day long and even adds a little moisture, to boot.
4. Kick up the color content with a coordinating lip liner
You know how some glosses look really bright in the tube but sheer on the lips? Crank up the color by first lining and filling in your lips with a lip pencil in a coordinating shade. Then, apply the gloss on top of the liner, beginning at the center of each lip and feathering out.
I dig a bunch of different liners, but these MAC Cremestick Liners ($14.50) are pretty great. They’re twist-ups, so you don’t have to sharpen the tip, and the moisturizing, creamy formula glides like butter on my lips.
Lately I’ve been reaching for Red Enriched (for red and reddish coral shades), Summerfruit (for corals) and Pink Treat (for hot pinks and fuchsias).
Added bonuses: Not only does a layer of liner enhance the glossy color sitting on top of it, but it also helps to anchor gloss to the lips, making it last longer.
5. Open doors to other dimensions with a dot of shimmery shadow
Give dimension to your bright, glossy lip look by dotting a spot of a shimmery white eyeshadow like Urban Decay Polyester Bride ($17) in the center of your bottom lip with a finger. The concentrated shimmer acts like a spotlight shining on your lips. If you plan to use a multi-purpose loose eyeshadow, just make sure to check if it’s lip safe first.
I hope these five tips help your pout look glossy and bright, all summer long!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,