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7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Lip Gloss ...

By Jennifer

How to choose lip gloss? You’ve been standing at the makeup counter for an hour, and have tried on more glosses than you knew existed, and still the question remains. Well, my dear, I can help. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a lip gloss, many of which you can answer before you even hit Sephora. Here are 7 tips on how to choose lip gloss. Pucker up and let’s go!

1 Consider Budget

The first thing to think about when choosing a lip gloss is how much you have to spend. If you’re on a shoestring budget, you won’t want to torture yourself by visiting the MAC counter. Try the drugstore brands first — there are a lot of great glosses to choose from there, like Burt’s Bees.

2 Think about Application

Do you prefer a little pot of gloss, or a stick, or a brush applicator? Think about the sort of applicator you’ll like using best, and what you just think is messy. Even if a gloss looks and feels great, if it’s going to sit at the bottom of your makeup bag because you hate the applicator, don’t bother buying it.

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3 Know Your Palette

It’s also important to think about the colors that look good on you, with your complexion, when you’re choosing a lip gloss. Olive-skinned girls ought to avoid yellow-based hues, and go for more of a blue-based color palette. Know what you’re looking for before you get frustrated trying on 1,000 lip glosses you love, but that don’t flatter your complexion.

4 Do You Want Glitter or No?

I’m not a teenager, so I can’t wear glittery glosses, but some girls can. Figure out which sort of lip gloss you want, glittery or shimmery or flat, before you shop.

5 Does It Contain SPF?

Most of us remember to wear sunblock on our faces, but not our lips, so some glosses have built-in SPF protection, which is brilliant! When you’re thinking about how to choose lip gloss, check the labels and see if any of the ones you like offer SPF protection… and go for those!

6 How Long Will It Last?

Are you looking for a lip gloss to keep your pucker pretty all day, or are you willing to do touch-ups? If you don’t want to re-apply, consider a gloss with lip stain in it. Otherwise, be prepared to apply your gloss every few hours.

7 Will You Be Smooching Anyone?

Last but certainly not least, consider whether or not you’ll be kissing anyone, either on the lips (hello!) or the cheek while you’re wearing this gloss. Some will leave kissy-prints on cheeks (ick) but some won’t; some have lush flavors and scents your guy may like (or loathe). Consider this when choosing a lip gloss, too! A quick smooch on the back of your hand is a good indicator of how well your gloss will withstand the kiss-test.

Now that you know all there is to know about how to choose lip gloss, you’re ready to try some on! Which of these tips do you think is most helpful? Or do you have another tip for choosing lip gloss you’d like to share? Please do!

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