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Matte lipstick, we love you but you’ll have to step aside for a moment. Lip gloss is having a major comeback and it looks better than ever. A sophisticated slick of high-shine on the lips was a standout beauty trend on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, proving that designers and their backstage makeup artists are falling head over heels in love with the lustrous look.

The new glossy lip comes in an array of textures and colours, too, ranging from the slightest glassy tint to a bold and brilliant vinyl effect. Marni went for playful placement, adding clear gloss just above the upper lip that flashed softly under the runway lights; Giorgio Armani lacquered up models’ lips with a pinky-peach shade; and the vivid, high-shine red at Kenzo couldn’t be ignored. Not to mention that lip gloss is a great way to instantly make lips appear fuller. The reflective, glass-like finish enhances every lip contour for a naturally plumped look—the ultimate optical illusion!

Of all the lip products out there, lip gloss seems like the most foolproof. Just slick it on and go, right? Well, sort of. Read on for tips and tricks to get the most flattering lacquered look.

  1. Exfoliate first.
    Rough, flaky lips can cause gloss to cling to and highlight any dry patches, making the colour and finish look uneven. Buff your lips’ surface first for the smoothest application by gently rubbing them in small, circular motions with a damp washcloth or a sugar-based lip scrub.

  2. Start from the bottom.
    Too much lip gloss can look goopy and sloppy. For the perfect application, try applying a generous dab of gloss to the middle of your bottom lip only, then rub your lips together to spread the formula from one lip to the other. If you really want to shimmer, apply a full sweep of gloss to the bottom lip and press lips firmly together.

  3. Blot off any excess.
    So you were a bit heavy-handed with the applicator? Don’t fret. Take a single ply of tissue and press it gently over your lips, as if you’re giving the paper a smooch. It’ll remove just the top layer of gloss and leave you with a soft shine effect.

  4. Opt for nourishing glossy lip oil.
    The newest gloss formulas are lip oils, such as Lancôme’s Juicy Shakers, which are a super-moisturizing way to heal chapped winter lips. As the name suggests, they are infused with hydrating essential oils and function like a lip balm as well as imparting a non-sticky, mega-watt shine with a sheer tint of colour.

  5. Want more pop? Just add lipstick.
    Most lip glosses and lip oils are transparent, or only provide a subtle hint of colour. The simplest was to take your lips from faint to bold is by applying gloss over a complimentary shade of lipstick. When layering, try applying lip gloss with a lip brush so that the lipstick colour doesn’t get onto the gloss applicator¬ and into the tube. If you don’t, your favourite gloss has a high chance of becoming permanently tinted, especially when you’re using with a full-coverage lipstick.