Are you supposed to put lip gloss on lipstick?

03 Apr.,2024


Applying gloss over matte lipstick is a very practical trick that will give you a shiny, dewy, and long-lasting lip look. When it comes to matte lipsticks, the first reaction of many beauty lovers is that it is very dry. Indeed, if you buy matte lipstick that is not moist enough, it will feel very dry when you apply it. And lip lines will easily show up, and your lips will look wrinkled. Don’t worry, we can skillfully use the combination of lip gloss and lipstick to solve this problem.

5 steps of applying lip gloss over matte lipstick

Before jumping straight into our step-by-step tutorial, we want you to know that you don’t really need a variety of different fancy products, like a lip scrub or a lip liner, to make your matte lipstick glossy. Instead, all you need to do is a few simple steps using only a lip gloss and a matte lipstick.

Step 1: Apply a thick sheer lip gloss on the lips. You can repeat the application many times until you feel it is thick enough. Then let the lip gloss stay on your lips for 8-10 minutes. The purpose of doing this is to allow the lip gloss to fully soften and moisturize the skin of our lips.

Step 2: Gently wipe off the lip gloss and softened dead skin with a cotton pad. At this point, you will find your lips become very smooth and moisturized, and the lip lines are lightened.

Step 3: Apply the sheer lip gloss once again. But this time, just apply a thin layer.

Step 4: Apply the matte lipstick. Because the sheer lip gloss is colorless and transparent, it will not prevent you from layering any color lipstick on top of it, and there will be no color mixing.

Step 5: Apply the lip gloss over matte lipstick. This is done to make your lips look shinier and dewier. But then you won’t have a matte effect.

Tips on applying lip gloss over matte lipstick

Apart from the basic combination of sheer lip gloss and matte lipstick, you can also be bolder to layer your lip makeup to custom the color match and create a brand-new lipstick shade. Here are some tips.

  • About color matching:

It is recommended to use a light color as the base color and apply a dark color on the inside of the lips for a great gradient lip effect. Choosing a color that is similar to the overlay will make it easier for the gradient to appear. In addition, darker matte lipsticks can be highlighted by adding a soft red or orange color, which will make the color more saturated and better looking. In fact, many colors can be layered with orange lipsticks, such as rose and beige will produce a very nice berry color.

  • On how to apply:

Apply a moisturizing lip gloss first, then press the lips with a tissue and layer the second color of matte lipstick. This will prevent the second color from mixing with the first color. Then the last step is to put the lip gloss over matte lipstick again to make a shiny unique shade.

We often see girls holding matte lipstick and applying it on their lips horizontally. You must know that the lip lines are vertical, so rubbing them horizontally will only deepen the lip lines, and no wonder they will be dry and peeling. The correct approach is to “dot” the lipstick on the lips, a small amount is enough. Then spread and smudge it evenly with your fingers, so that the lip lines can be lightened, and a more daily lip makeup effect can be obtained.

  • On how to remove lip makeup:

Matte lipstick makeup removal is kind of tricky, people who have used eye and lip makeup remover or makeup remover oil know that the effect is not as good as it should be, especially after putting lip gloss over matte lipstick. Our advice is that you may want to apply a thicker texture of unscented cream, and then use a makeup remover cotton to gently wipe away the line, which is not only simple and easy but also can moisturize the lips.

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What Does a Lip Stain Do?

While a lip stain might look similar to a gloss or lipstick, the difference lies in the way that lip stains work. They’re formulated so that the color is absorbed by your lips (instead of just sitting on top of them) so that the color lasts longer and needs less touching up.

Lip stains generally come in the form of liquids or gels, and they’re generally matte, although some varieties are also glossy. The L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain comes in more than 30 shades and is designed with a precision wand for a perfect application. 

 Lip stains offer the most color payoff since the formula “stains” your lips and is absorbed by the skin, while the color you get from lipstick and lip gloss forms a layer that sits on top of your lips.

What is the Purpose of Lip Gloss?

A lip gloss is a liquid product that is used to moisturize the lips and make them shiny. With lip glosses, the defining feature here is the wet texture and high shine, and it can come in both clear and colored varieties.

For more of a traditional gloss, try the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip Balm-in-Gloss Pomegranate Extract, which combines the comfort and hydration of a lip balm and the shininess of a gloss thanks to pomegranate extract and hyaluronic acid.

The comfort and shine of a lip gloss is its main benefit over lipstick or a lip stain.

What is Lipstick Used For?

Lipstick is used to apply color and texture to the lips, and it’s often made of a combination of wax and oil for both staying power and comfort. Lipsticks are incredibly versatile, and there’s a formula and finish for every taste: matte, shiny, shimmery, frosted, metallic — you name it. 

Liquid lipsticks are a happy medium between lip gloss and lipstick because they offer the color of a lipstick with the comfort of a gloss. Keep in mind, though, that they’re not as long-lasting as a traditional lipstick. 

Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Intense Volume Matte Lipstick for a weightless lipstick that won’t bleed or feather. The lipstick has a long-wearing powdery finish but the hyaluronic acid in the formula prevents it from drying out your lips.

The versatility and different finishes of lipsticks set it apart from other lip products.

Lip Stain vs. Lip Gloss vs. Lipstick: Which is Better?

The main difference between lip stains, lip glosses, and lipsticks are going to be the formula, color payoff, and longevity. Lip stains last the longest — about eight to 12 hours — followed by lipstick, then lip gloss. Generally, lip glosses will offer the least longevity since the wet texture is more for shine than staying power, so it's the most prone to fading (especially when you factor in activities like eating and drinking). 

The removal method of each product is also going to differ, as a lip gloss can easily be removed with a napkin or washcloth. Lipstick can be removed with your favorite makeup remover or face wash (just remember to keep your lips closed), while removing a lip stain will take a micellar water like the L’Oréal Micellar Cleansing Water Waterproof, for All Skin Types, or an oil-based remover. Olive oil can also work in a pinch.

Ultimately, personal preference will determine which pick is best for you, as well as formula. If you’re going to an event where you would rather not have to reapply your lip product, go for a lip stain. If you want color on your lips but don’t want a long removal process at the end of the night, a lipstick is your best bet. For color with the most shine, try a lip gloss if you’re not bothered by re-application. 

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Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Digital Tech: Katy Andrascik, Photo Assistant: Sam Kang, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Model: Juli Deng

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