The Grown-Up Guide to Wearing Lip Gloss

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!

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. 

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.

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”.

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.

Reason #5: It Looks Amazing in Fuschia Form

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

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!)

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.

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.

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!

Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Valencia ($24)

Dior Addict Fluidstick in Pandore ($35)

MAC Tinted Lipglass ($15)

Stila Lip Glaze ($22)

Lancome Lip Lover $23
L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color $10
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss $20
Nars Larger than Life Gloss in Bimini $26
Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Valencia $24
Dior Addict Fluidstick in Pandore $35
Chanel Lèvres Scintillantes in Murmure $30
MAC Tinted Lipglass $15
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout $20
Stila Lip Glaze $22

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