Now Trending; Lip Gloss Is Back!

Unless you’ve been on a complete social media ban and have shut yourself away at home for the past few months, you will have seen everyone’s’ favourite school makeup product making it’s return to our beauty bags with full force.

I vividly remember a time when owning lip gloss in every single shade available was the peak of being cool and comparing tubes of sticky goodness with your besties could fill a whole weekend.

Now, even luxury cosmetic brands are jumping at the chance to be on-trend and are releasing their own collections of lip glosses that are a far cry from the formulas we were once used to. Everyone from Dior to Pat McGrath, Nars to Marc Jacobs have released a huge range of shades and every finish you can think of, from bold and glossy to intensely metallic.

Thankfully, it’s come a long way since the days of Lancôme’s earlier Juicy Tubes and Lip Smackers. Rather than the heavy, sticky and gaudy shades we once loved, just about anyone will find a wearable and comfortable option that’s hydrating and long lasting.

When wearing lip gloss, you should treat it the same way you would a bold lip and match the rest of your look accordingly. If you have a deep or dark shade, keep your eye makeup simple and if your lip gloss is part of the nude, light peach or pink family, dark fluffy lashes are the way to go.

Most shades are also complemented best by a touch of blush on the apples of your cheeks and just a light dusting of bronzer to sculpt your face. Any contouring that’s too heavy will take away from the youthful look of the lip gloss and make you look too ‘done’.

For peak 90’s style application, choose a lip liner that’s a shade darker than your gloss and fill in the rest of your lips with the lighter colour. For inspo, check out the videos from your favourite late 90’s, early 2000’s pop hits.

Here’s some great ones to try…

Marc Jacobs Enamoured Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer

There’s not many lip gloss formulas that offer quite as much pigment as Marc Jacobs’ range. Usually lip glosses come with some level of transparency in the colour but these are almost like using a lipstick with a clear gloss over top. You get intense colour with comfortable wear. The formula is incredibly long lasting for a gloss and it dries down just enough so that you’re not transferring like crazy to everything you put your lips near, while still maintaining a super shiny look. With 26 shades to choose from, you’ll be able to add a glossy lip to any look.


Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Leave it to RiRi to create a completely Instagram-able gloss. The word universal is somewhat lacklustre when it comes to the beauty industry but this shade really is easy for a huge range of skin tones to wear. It’s a little on the heavy side at first but offers serious shine with a touch of shimmer and it makes your lips look twice as plump.


Dr PAW PAW Tinted Balms

If you’re a gloss beginner, a tinted balm may be a nice place to start. This paw paw comes in two tints, Peach Pink and Ultimate Red, and gives you a balmy finish rather than an intense shine that a full blown gloss will give you. It’s really hydrating on your lips and doesn’t require a careful application, perfect for chucking in your bag and running around with.


Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30

Another option for those who want intense hydrating benefits along with their gloss is the range of tinted balms from Lanolips. The shade Rhubarb has been a long-time favourite of mine and looks just like a lip gloss when you apply it. It has the same nourishing properties as the classic Lanolips and will save you from a dry and cracked kiss.


Featured image (top) via instagram @marcbeauty- makeup by @HungVanngo