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The Great Debate - Lip Gloss or Lipstick ?

By Alison

It's the perennial decision on what to put on your lips - is lip gloss better than lipstick? Lipstick is great if you want to look polished and have your lip color last, but lip gloss is quick, easy and - well, glossy. And sometimes it's just what you need. So here are the times when lip gloss is better than lipstick …

1 If You Don't Have a Steady Hand

If you don't have a very steady hand, or find it difficult to apply lipstick, gloss is the answer. It doesn't need to be as precise as lipstick does; nobody will notice if it's not applied over every single area of your lips. You don't need to worry about drawing a line or using a brush; just put it on straight from the tube and you're done. You don't even need to look in a mirror to apply it.

2 If You're in a Hurry

If you're in a hurry, then going for a lip gloss is a no-brainer. You can apply it in seconds, and touch-ups are just as easy. You can stick the tube in your bag or pocket and reapply while you're on the go. It's the perfect choice if you're running late in the morning and don't have much time for your makeup.

3 If You Don't Need Your Lip Color to Last

Lipstick is definitely the best option if you want a lasting lip color, but if you don't need it to stick around then gloss will do just fine. It's also good if you're going to be eating or drinking, as you won't need to worry about leaving smudges on your glass or teeth. And you can easily reapply to replace what's been smudged off.

4 If You Want a More Natural Look

If you want a more natural makeup then a quick slick of gloss is great. On the days when you just want a minimal makeup, then a tinted moisturiser, a coat of mascara, and some lip gloss will give you just enough polish. It's casual enough but shows that you've made an effort to look good.

5 If You're Planning Some Lip Action

Who wants to leave their lipstick all over their boyfriend? If you're planning a bit of lip action, then gloss will ensure that your boyfriend doesn't end up wearing more of your lipstick than you do. And if he doesn't want to taste your lip gloss either, you can simply wipe it off in a second.

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6 If You Want to Moisturise Your Lips

The problem with lipsticks is that matte lipsticks tend to be drying, especially the long-lasting kind. And if you have dry lips that's bad news. But because of its liquid formula, gloss, on the other hand (or lip), is much less harsh on your lips. And it's easy to reapply so that you can keep your lips moisturised.

7 If You're Not Feeling 100%

If you have days when you're not feeling 100& but still want some makeup, then go for a gloss. It can give you enough of a boost to lift your spirits when you just can't be bothered to apply your usual makeup. Putting on some gloss will help you feel and look just that little bit better when you really need it.

Lipstick is wonderful for making you feel gorgeous, but gloss is just as valuable in your makeup bag. So if you're torn between lip gloss and lipstick, buy both!

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