Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Layer Lipgloss over Lipstick

Share your best tips and tricks for layering gloss over lipsticks!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. Try using a more opaque lipgloss (in a similar color) to help even out a sheer lipstick.
  2. Use a sheer but pearly gloss to add sparkle, glossiness, and an illusion of fuller lips over a more opaque, matte lipstick.
  3. When applying the gloss, wipe the applicator either on a lip brush, disposable lip wand, sponge tip applicator, etc. and then apply using the outside applicator (whatever you choose!).  Otherwise, you’ll be getting your favorite lipstick into your favorite lipgloss!  It’s not as big of a deal with lighter lipsticks, but with reds and the like, it can tint the lipgloss base!

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11 thoughts on “How to Layer Lipgloss over Lipstick – Tips & Tricks

  1. I never do this, but I am going to try it tomorrow, thanks!

  2. xamyx

    Thoroughly blot lipstick before applying gloss. Apply both in thinner layers, building up as needed until desired look is achieved, in order to avoid applying too much product that can smear more easily.

  3. Kristina

    I use a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply the lipstick first, it creates an even, perfectly applied airbrushed finish. I then apply the gloss with a lip brush, not directly from the tube.

    I think this is one area of lip cosmetics where creativity takes flight. Any colour that you think may not work for you now can if you layer it with sheer and opaque glosses. I don’t just at one gloss, I may use two! To build dimension or to custom mix my own shade on the back of my hand.

    I love using a nude base with a really bright opaque gloss, the nude lipstick when its applied with a buffed application tempers the brightness of the gloss and also creates a new shade that is more complex and works better for one’s individual complexion because of the nude “poking through” (make sure you use the best nude for you)

    No matter what though whether on my lips or what I show my clients is that when layering lip products, or anything really, less in more, or it looks goopy and sloppy.

    • Veronica

      I like layering glosses over nude lip shades, myself. I actually use a beige-ish nude lip pencil from Covergirl, which helps tone down and even out the pinkness in my lips and really lets the lighter gloss shades shine. :)

  4. Janelle

    I am guilty of #3 and ruining a Chanel lipgloss by applying it over MAC Russian Red.

  5. Kelly

    I dont like lipgloss ={ jejeje

  6. Joanna

    Very useful tips! Thanks for sharing!

  7. 90% of the time I use gloss with lipstick. I agree with all of Christine’s tips and are some other tips I use to lipstick/gloss.

    1. I put on gloss first and apply lipstick over it with a lip brush. The result a slightly muted shimmer/sparkle lip color. This works nicely with tacky,sticky glosses.

    2. I always apply my gloss over lipstick with a lip brush, not a doe-tip applicatior. You have more control over where you place the gloss on your lips.

  8. I have thin lips and am always trying to make them look bigger. What great advice on using gloss and lipstick. I can hardly wait to try it in the a.m.

  9. Jessica

    I apply a thick layer of lipstick on my bottom lip and a thick layer of lipgloss on my upper lip, and then I mush my lips together.

  10. Sandra JT

    I avoid dragging my gloss over my lipstick, so it’s sitting on top more rather than being all mashed in together. I also tend to concentrate my gloss in the center of my top & bottom lip rather than applying it from one end of my mouth to the other.

    Personally, I find my lips really small so I often blot out my natural lip color using Kryolan Dermacolor first, setting it with a little bit of silk powder, then following with lipstick, then gloss, sometimes finishing with a tiny bit of loose shimmer powder right over my gloss. I can get my lips looking somewhat larger this way. Blotting out my natural lip color also gives me a more ‘true to color’ result from the shade of my lipstick/gloss combo, not allowing my natural lip color to make it look ‘off’. That’s always been a major peeve of mine. I want the shades in the tubes, without my natural lip color interfering.