Lip Gloss Basics: Becoming A Makeup Pro

Lip Gloss Basics: Becoming A Makeup Pro

The one makeup item that you simply can't leave your home with is your lip gloss. Just as you need to wear clothes to protect your body, your lips need a covering of its own. That protective layer comes in the form of lip gloss.

What Is Lip Gloss?

A majority of lip glosses contain gel, but a handful of makeup manufacturers produce a stick version, which can be easier to apply than the gel option.

Woman putting on a pink lip gloss.

At the end of the day, the form of the lip gloss doesn't matter. What matters is that it gave your lips the shine and added color you wished for. Some lip glosses even come with an added flavors to them that make them delicious to put on.

Lip gloss formula tends to be oil-based so that it won't contain any water. In fact, it won't require emulsifiers either, which is the key ingredient to helping oil and water mix together. Now we will be going into more detail regarding the ingredients of lip gloss.

Lip Gloss Ingredients

Before you comprehend how to apply lip gloss, you need to fully understand what goes in them to give your lips the shiny effect that it does. You should never blindly try something without fully knowing what it is made of.

Those who have sensitive skin will want to take caution when you use lip gloss because it might contain chemicals and fragrances that will irritate your skin.


Thickeners refer to a group of ingredients that are responsible for keeping the gloss gooey. This means that it won't ooze down to your chin after you apply it on your lips.

Waxes such as ozokerite are largely responsible for the thick consistency of lip gloss. You might be surprised to hear that clays such as kaolin also play a role in the thickness of your lip gloss.


If you have chapped lips, you'll notice that your lips become automatically moisturized after a single application of lip gloss. This is because lip gloss manufacturers use oil as a base for their makeup product.

Pink dippy lips.

The oil is typically vegetable or mineral based, but other ingredients such as polybutene are included as well. Polybutene is different from the oil-based ingredients since it is a hydrocarbon whose function is to mimic silicones.

We find it shocking that lip gloss manufacturers would use ingredients that merely mimic silicone and not silicone itself. Silicones are often used in hair and skin care products to enhance smoothness and shine. You would think that the manufacturers would apply the same logic to lip gloss.


If you gravitate towards lip glosses that have a color to it, then you should be well aware that the color added is not a natural part of the manufacturing process. In fact, a majority of lip glosses come with some type of colorant that’s usually a Food, Drug, & Cosmetic dye.

This means that the same dye that's used in your medication and food is used to make your lip gloss. Clear lip gloss is the purest form of the makeup item, so if you prefer a more natural lip gloss, then this is your best option.

Those who love the glitter lip glosses, there is a mineral called mica that is responsible for the added sparkle. 

Control Agents

To make sure that the lip gloss remains stable, manufacturers add ingredients that ensure it won’t go bad. The last thing you need is to apply a lip gloss that will further damage your lips due to faulty ingredients.

When you read the ingredients list of a lip gloss, you’ll notice things such as preservatives, antioxidants, and pH adjusters. You could even find lip glosses that come with a bit of SPF, which is excellent for your lips during the summer time.

Preservatives that are paraben based seem to be a favorite way to keep your lip gloss from spoiling.

Natural Ingredients

Lip glosses come with natural extracts and oils, while others come with synthetic fragrances. High-quality lip glosses will contain aloe leaf juice and sesame oil, which are excellent for treating dry lips as well as giving your lips a nice smell to them.

Lip balm ingredients.

You want to stay away from lip glosses that contain synthetic fragrances since that might cause an adverse skin reaction.

If you want to continue down the natural route, then you should consider purchasing lip glosses that use natural pigments to add color. For instance, lip glosses that rely on carmine, which comes from a beetle, is a natural colorant that won’t cause your lips any harm. 


Lip gloss gets it flavor from a sweetening agent called sodium saccharin. So next time you lick your lips over your lip gloss, that is what you are tasting.

Perfect Introduction To Make Up For Young Girls

Understanding how to apply makeup in general before you buy it is the best way to make the most out of your purchase. When it comes to lip gloss, a lot of people go their whole life not knowing the proper way to apply this lip product.

Thankfully, we have consulted with various makeup experts to give you the rundown regarding lip gloss.

How To Apply Lip Gloss?

Applying lip gloss involves using other makeup products. So, you can’t just apply lip gloss on your bare lips. A lot of girls make this mistake and end up wasting more of their lip gloss than they should.

Before you purchase some lip gloss, it’s advised that you invest in a lip gloss set. This is because a set gives you more options as to what lip gloss you want to use. When you continue reading our step-by-step guide, you’ll further understand why having options comes highly recommended.

How To Apply Lip Gloss

  • First, you need to prep your lips. For example, those with cracked and chapped lips need to thoroughly scrub the dead skin cells off before you can apply any further lip product. You want to massage your lip scrub throughout the entire surface of your lips for a good two minutes and then continue to rinse it off.
  • Then, you’ll want to use a lip balm to moisturize your lips. This makes your lips soft enough so other lip products can stay on your lips surface. Make sure to take a paper towel to blot out the excess lip balm since too much of it will make it difficult for lip gloss to stay intact.
  • Once your lips are ready, you can’t apply lip gloss straight away. At this point, you need to apply your lip pencil and lipstick. You can make use of a lip brush, which will make applying lipstick a much easier endeavor than using none.
  • Now comes the part where you apply lip gloss. You want to start applying this from the center portion of your lips. You then drag the applicator till you reach the edge of your mouth.

You want to avoid applying lip gloss above your lip line. The lip pencil can come in handy during this part since it details where your natural lip line ends. If you end up applying too much lip gloss, then you can blot out the excess on a soft napkin.

What Type Of Lip Color Goes With Lip Gloss?

You want to avoid wearing lip gloss that is the same color as your skin tone because this makes your lips appear much smaller than they actually are. Usually, your lip gloss should enhance the shade of your lipstick.

Astrolilac golden lip gloss.

Some people like to be bold, so they wear glitter based lip gloss. This is recommended for going out at night with some friends, but not for a business environment. Ultimately, the shade you end up choosing should complement your skin tone and not wash it out.

Final Thoughts

You know everything regarding lip glosses from its ingredients to proper application, so you can now claim to be a lip gloss pro. Remember that practice makes perfect, so the more you apply lip gloss, the easier it will become.

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