These Lip Glosses Offer the Finishing Touch You Didn't Know You Needed
If you're looking to add a hint of color and sparkle to your lips, glosses are one of your best options. Today's formulas and finishes are elevated and subtle (think shine, not shimmer) and boast moisturizing formulas to boot. But when you consider the plethora of options on the market, finding the best product for you can be a challenge. According to makeup artist and CTZN Cosmetics co-founder Naseeha Khan, a lip gloss should check two specific boxes: They need to provide color and skin benefits. "Nailing the right formula is the key to making a good gloss," Khan says, which "should be infused with natural butters, oils, and [other nourishing] ingredients."
Celebrity makeup artist Liz Lash agrees, adding that a lip gloss should also be wearable. "A formula that dries out your lips and makes them crack defeats the whole purpose," she notes. They also shouldn't feel sticky or tacky. "This is critical in the COVID-19 era: You don't want a gloss that's going to make your mask stick to your lips. A lip gloss that goes on smooth is usually hydrating and makes for a better experience." With that in mind, we asked Lash, Khan, and celebrity makeup artist Renée Loiz for their lip gloss recommendations. Scroll down to discover their top picks—alongside a few of our own go-to formulas—and find the right formula for you.
This gloss has the stamp of approval from Martha herself (you will always find it in her makeup bag). It's a sheer gloss with a shiny finish and non-sticky formula. This pale nude shade is also perfect for any everyday look.
Shop Now: Laura Mercier "Lip Glacé" Lip Gloss in Bare Baby, $28, sephora.com.
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Lash appreciates this option's buildable qualities. "One sweep over the lips gives a beautiful stained look, and one more application brings out the universally flattering berry hue for a more drastic, but not overdone look. It's also incredibly smooth," she notes.
Shop Now: Saint Jane Beauty Luxury Lip Shine in Mystic, $28, credobeauty.com.
Loiz says these lip jellies are her absolute favorites. "My personal and professional kits are loaded with them," she notes, adding that the "texture is so smooth and silky and they glide on the lips effortlessly."
Shop Now: Tower28 "ShineOn" Lip Jelly, $14, sephora.com.
For a bold lip, turn to this formula, which provides an intense color payoff that makes lips pop. As an added bonus, it is infused with ingredients, like lychee fruit extract, to nourish the skin and protect it from environmental aggressors.
Shop Now: UOMA Beauty "Boss Gloss" Liquid Marble, $7.95, uomabeauty.com.
It's lightweight, non-sticky, and glides on so smoothly—what more could you want? The high-shine gloss has just a touch of subtle shimmer.
Shop Now: Pat McGrath "LUST" Lip Gloss, $28, sephora.com.
If summer were a lip gloss, it would be this one: The iridescent shimmer in this formula actually goes on rose pink to warm up your natural color, and we think you'll turn to it from May through September.
Shop Now: Tom Ford Soleil "Sunlust" Lip Gloss, $56, bloomingdales.com.
Get a gloss that does it all. Charlotte Tilbury's provides shine, hydration (thanks to ingredients like marine collagen and coconut oil), and plumping (due to mustard sprout extract).
Shop Now: Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath Gloss, $35, sephora.com.