How To Apply Lip Gloss Perfectly – Step By Step Tutorial With Pictures

Take cues from our list to learn how to give your lips that flawless and intense finish.

Reviewed by Angela JacksonAngela Jackson, Licensed Cosmetologist
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Glossy lips look undeniably sexy and trendy. Those who love shiny lips, lip gloss is their best friend. But overdoing your lip gloss might look a bit too shiny and tacky. If you want pouty and kissable lips, keep reading this article to know how to apply lip gloss.

How To Apply Lip Gloss?

Things You Need

1. Lip Scrub
2. Lip Balm/Lip Conditioner
3. Lip Liner
4. Lipstick
5. Lip gloss

Step By Step Tutorial

Follow these 6 simple steps to apply lip gloss perfectly.

Step 1: Prepping Your Lips

Start by prepping your lips. If you have dead skin cells or chapped/cracked lips, then scrub your lips before you start prepping. Massage the lip scrub all over your lips for about two to three minutes. Rinse it off.

Quick Tip

For a DIY scrub, mix olive oil and sugar and use it to gently cleanse and exfoliate your lips. Do not exfoliate your lips more than twice a week.

Step 2: Make Your Lips Soft

The next step is to use a lip balm or lip conditioner to get rid of the dryness. It will make your lips more soft and supple. Let the lip balm rest on the lips for about one to two minutes.

Step 3: Blot The Excess Lip Balm

Once you are done with applying the lip balm, take a tissue and blot the excess. This prevents the lipstick from bleeding and makes the application of the other products easier.

Step 4: Draw Line With Lip Pencil

Start by analyzing your lip shape. Using a lip pencil in the color of your choice, start the application from the center of the upper lip and follow the natural lip line till the corners of the lip. Follow the same procedure with the lower lip. You can also fill the entire lip with the same lip pencil as that works as a great base and helps the lip color to stay put for longer. Refer to the picture above.

Quick Tip

You can also apply a little bit of foundation/concealer in the shade that matches your natural lip color. This would even out the lips in one go and provide an even base to work on. Another easy trick is to use a lip brush to smudge the line inward inside the lip to soften the line. This also creates a base for the lipstick application.

Step 5: Apply Lipstick

Now it’s time for the lipstick. Apply the lipstick with a lip brush using short strokes and fill the entire lips. Using a brush while applying lipstick adds precision to the application. Here, I have used a bright red lipstick.

Step 6: Apply Lip Gloss

Start applying the lip gloss from the center of the lips and drag the sponge applicator along the length of the lips. Avoid applying the gloss above the natural lip line. You can blot the excess lip gloss on a tissue paper. This will prevent the color from bleeding.

Quick Tip

To make your lip gloss last longer, apply it on top of a base of setting powder. To do that, first line your lips, then apply setting powder on them before applying lip gloss. You can put some gloss on the center of your bottom lip and then rub your lips together to spread it evenly without getting excess product on your lips.

Final Look Of Lips After Applying Lip Gloss

So, what do you think? Looks stunning, doesn’t it! Glosses are the perfect choice for your lips if you are going to have an exciting night of partying. They make you stand out even against the dizzying disco LEDs. You will have everyone’s attention, and you might even get used to hearing all the compliments! So, try these tips on applying lip gloss if this is how you want your wild party night to go. Pair it up with some confidence and a subtle sway to your hips. Make the night yours!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for lip gloss to dry?

It takes between a few seconds to a minute for lip gloss to dry.

Can you wear lip gloss without makeup?

Yes, lip gloss is the subtle and perfect way to add a pop of color and freshness to your no-makeup look.

Key Takeaways

  • Exfoliate your lips gently using a lip scrub (preferably DIY for a gentle cleaning) to remove any dead skin.
  • Then, outline your lips with a lip pencil of a similar shade as of the gloss, and follow it up by filling them in with your lipgloss.
  • Use a tissue paper to blot the excess product and achieve a flawless look.
  • Prior to applying the gloss, ensure your lips are soft and pump by applying a lip conditioner or balm.
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