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The Grown-Up Guide to Wearing Lip Gloss

  • The Grown-Up Guide to Wearing Lip Gloss
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  • Kim Kardashian Lip Gloss
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    Reason #1: It Gives Life To Your Nude Lipstick

    Kim Kardashian shows that adding a coat of shimmery gloss like MAC’s Tinted Lipglass ($15) in Florabundance over your nude lipstick is the simplest way to avoid looking corpse-like. 

  • jamie chung nude lipstick
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    Reason #2: It Adds Dimension to Matte Makeup

    What’s the perfect way to finish off a matte makeup look? A subtle, shimmery rose-tinted gloss. We love Urban Decay’s Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20) in Beso.

  • Iggy Azalea Lip Gloss
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    Reason #3: It Makes You Look Like a Badass

    Iggy Azalea proves shimmery lip gloss isn’t just for girly-girls—her white eyeliner, crimped hair, and sheer pink pout at the 2014 MTV Music Awards scream “badass”.

  • Harley Viera-Newton Lip Gloss
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    Reason #4: It Gives Your Pink Lipstick a Run for Its Money

    Natural makeup and a glossy, lacquered pink lip gloss like Harley Viera-Newton’s make the perfect spring beauty look and we’re more than on board.

  • Jessica Biel Lip Gloss
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    Reason #5: It Looks Amazing in Fuschia Form

    Jessica Biel’s shiny, fuschia lip adds instant drama to her otherwise toned down beauty look. 

  • Emma stone
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    Reason #6: It Makes Your Lips Look Bigger

    A wine-colored gloss makes Emma Stone’s lips look especially plump in this gorgeous look from her Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro press tour (click here to see the rest of her jawdropping beauty looks!)

  • Eva Longoria
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    Reason #7: It Perfectly Complements A Sultry, Smoky Eye

    Nothing complements a dramatic smoky eye better than a glossy nude lip, as demonstrated by Eva Longoria. Try Stila’s Lip Glaze ($22) in Banana for a sheer, natural finish.

  • Selena Gomez
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    Reason #8: It Also Looks Gorgeous With a Daytime Smoky Eye

    Selena Gomez’s baby-pink lip gloss is the perfect finishing touch to her daytime smoky eye.

  • Leslie Mann
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    Reason #8: It Makes a Classic Red Lip Infinitely Better

    As much as we love a matte red lip, we can’t help but obsess over Leslie Mann’s lacquered-up version at the NYC screening of The Other Woman.


    Keep clicking to shop our favorite spring lip gloss picks!

  • Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color
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  • Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
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  • Larger than Life Gloss in Bimini
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  • Honey Lip Lacquer in Valencia
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  • Fluidstick in Pandore
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    Dior Addict Fluidstick in Pandore ($35)

  • Lèvres Scintillantes in Murmure
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  • Tinted Lipglass
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    MAC Tinted Lipglass ($15)

  • Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout
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  • Lip Glaze
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    Stila Lip Glaze ($22)

Though our rollerball lip gloss days may behind us (miss you, Lip Smackers), we’re keeping an open mind about shiny lips—and for good reason. From slick and glassy to pigmented and shimmery, we can’t help but fall in love with the season’s grown-up version of our childhood staple. Ahead, we present the ultimate guide to wearing lip gloss like an adult—no body glitter or butterfly clips required.

Click through the slideshow to see nine reasons why you should start wearing lip gloss again!

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