From The Straits Times    |

Matte lips, step aside – the latest beauty wave is all about glossy, luscious pouts. The Spring/Summer 2024 (SS24) runways have spoken, announcing the triumphant return of high-shine lips, injecting a refreshing touch of youthfulness into our makeup routines.

Before trying any glossy lip look, prepping your lips is crucial. “Ensuring your lips are smooth without any peeling or dead skin is key. Prior to applying lip colour or gloss, prep with a lip scrub,” advises makeup artist Kat Zhang, who recommends Fresh Sugar Lip Polish.

Don’t forget to slick on some nourishing lip balm too, for some softening, hydrating and smoothing action.

Try:

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, $28

The Body Shop Mango Lip Scrub, $18

Rouge Dior Balm (000 Diornatural), $62

Nude Glaze

The MLBB (my lips but better) phenomenon takes a shine-infused twist during the SS24 fashion showcases, most notably at Eudon Choi and Prabal Gurung. Imagine your lips, but amplified with a natural, glossy sheen. It’s a subtle enhancement, akin to a clear glaze, giving an effortless yet radiant vibe to your overall look.

Pro tip
For this natural hue with eye-catching shine, makeup artist Lasalle Lee suggests Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil. “Infused with cherry oil, it offers fantastic lip care benefits,” says Lasalle. “It softens chapped lips and provides instant nourishment, protection, and revitalization. Shades like 001 Pink or 007 Raspberry work perfectly for the Nude Gloss look.”

Try:

Dior Addict Lip Glow Oil, $59

Sisley Le Phyto Gloss in Moon, $65

Blush Sheen

Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip gloss in Guava, $35

A delightful progression from the nude glaze look, Aaron Esh’s SS24 makeup showcased blush pink lips with a dollop of gloss. This look effortlessly complemented soft, shimmering eyes and flushed cheeks and turned out sweet and ethereal.

Pro tip
Simply select your preferred blush pink shade of gloss and paint a light layer on your lips. Lee recommends Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip gloss in Guava. “It effortlessly crafts that pretty pink gloss look.

Try:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip gloss in Guava, $35

Sephora Collection Outrageous Plump Lip Gloss in 04 Pink Pout, $22

Fiery Lacquer

Enter the captivating, high-energy allure at Gucci’s SS24 showcase, where bold red lacquered lips took centre stage. This wasn’t just about shine; it was about making a statement. Imperfectly perfect outlines and radiant, not flawless skin made this look powerfully relatable.

Pro tip
To recreate this stunning red lacquer lip, Kat suggests using your favourite lipstick as a base, then layering it with MAC Cosmetics Lip Glass in Clear. “It truly gives your lips that glass-like finish! Perfect to layer over any lipstick.”

Or if you prefer a more straightforward, one-product application, try Lee’s suggestion – Cle de Peau Cream Rouge Shine 103 Legend of Rouge. Just paint on with a light hand and you’re good to go.

Try:

M.A.C Lip Glass Clear, $35
Cle de Peau Cream Rouge Shine in 103 Legend of Rouge, $80

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Glossy Lip Balm in Nearly Berry #1, $33

Maintaining the Shine

When it comes to gloss, less is more. “A little goes a long way,” advises Zhang. “Steer clear of over-applying gloss, as it can become messy. Apply it delicately, within the lip line.” To sustain that flawless glossy look, Zhang suggests a clever trick: lightly dust the edges of your lips with translucent loose powder using a small brush.

Finally, Lasalle emphasises the need frequent touch-ups, so do ensure you carry your lip gloss for touch-ups after drinks and meals.

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