ELLE beauty tip: 4 fresh ways to wear lip gloss
Yes, there are more ways than you think
Every day, I wake up and say a little grateful prayer for the fact it's not 2002 anymore. In the darkest recesses of my mind, I'm haunted by black hair lowlights (Dirrty!), the twin hat abominations of trucker caps and fedoras, and woven rope belts that draped around jeans, which in turn draped on hipbones.
But then, there was lip gloss. Sticky like syrup and half the time, just as sweet, they gleamed with the intensity of early reality TV. More than any makeup item, lip gloss was glamorous and sexy and everyone had a clear tube, or one with pretty opalescent sparkles.
It also went everywhere. My hair, then my face, then my fingers when I tried to remove the hair from my face... You know the drill. But to me at least, it was a small price to pay for my Wade Robson Project backup-dancer aspirations.
Happily, we've all grown up and so has lip gloss. Unlike the gluey textures of the past, the shiny stuff is more comfortable than ever – cushiony soft and most importantly, unsticky. To celebrate, we've tasked ourselves with finding new, grown up ways to wear them. Sure, you can slick it on all over, but here are some other ideas to make your lip gloss work harder.
1. In a gradient
A lot of new glosses are intensely pigmented. To sheer it out, apply a small amount in the centre of your lips and with your ring finger, drag the gloss to the edges. Then apply just a little more in the centre for a K-beauty touch.
We used: Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 766 Caractère, RM120
2. A dollop in the centre of your lips, on top of matching lipstick
Find a matching lipstick then apply your gloss over it, just in the centre for a juicy pop.
We used: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 124 Rouge Lumiere, RM120 and Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 756 Chilli, RM120
3. Over lipstick to transform a shade
Layer a different shade over a lipstick to shift the colour. You can use a topper like a gold flecked or deep gray one, or a tinted shade to transform.
We used: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 128 Noir Moderne, RM120, and Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 744 Excitation, RM120
4. On eyelids
The runways have spoken! Dewy eyes are the most underrated spring trend, catching the light like no inner corner highlight can. Just slick on over eyeshadow or bare lids and go. Stick to nude shades for a low-key glimmer, and if you're worried about it getting all over, go with a less sticky formula.
We used: Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss 722 Noce Moscata, RM120