4 Glosses for juicy lips

Jun 1, 2012 at 4:56 a.m. ET

Casual, pretty and sexy shine: Choose a perfect lip gloss to hydrate and highlight your lips for summer!

woman putting on lip gloss

Hydrating, healing and just plain pretty... SheKnows' beauty editors agree that the perfect lip gloss should have long-lasting color, softening ingredients to keep lips healthy and moisturizers for softness. A non-sticky formula in a gorgeous flush of color is ideal for summer. Lip gloss can have a casual sexiness that makes you feel beachy whether you are at the seashore or headed for a day in the office.

Korres Lip Butter

A glorious translucent hot pink color that brightens every skin tone and an all-natural formula that's good for the lips! Moderately priced at $10, this little pot of pretty color is available at Ulta stores. It's light and lovely in a beautiful Pomegranate shade.

Smashbox O-Gloss

It's so you, but enhanced! Smashbox O-Gloss, around $20 at Sephora stores, goes on clear and then deepens into a pretty rosy shade that looks different on everyone. The secret is a formula that works with skin's chemistry to create the color, so it's individualized for every woman.

Nars Lip Lacquer

A super-shiny gloss in darker colors, so you can even blot for a low or no-shine stain look. The formula is a little stickier than some other brands, but the colors are rich and concentrated and there are a variety of sensational shades to choose from. You can switch from sparkly pinks to vampish reds and love both looks! A little goes a long way at $23 for a pot of brilliant color.

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

A worthwhile indulgence at $25, this pretty gloss comes in a crystal-look tube that won't get gooey. The finish is high-shine, but not sticky -- and it has exceptionally good staying power. Pick your palette from more than 35 shades: A favorite is called Spark, a sheer red with teeny gold flecks, that looks as luxurious as it feels on your lips.

Other great lip gloss products worth trying:

  • The eight sheer hues available in Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. At $14, they're a bargain that battles flaky and dried lips thanks to the moisturizing ingredients.
  • The trademark of Mac Clear Gloss, also $14, is the wet, mirrored shine with long wear. The downside is that it's sticky, but it can do double-duty adding gloss over lipstick.
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Lip Tint SPF 15 is richly moisturizing with an infusion of jojoba and avocado oils, boasts a SPF 15 rating and smells deliciously like peppermint. For $17 you'll get high shine, smooth lips and a taste so yummy you may be tempted to reapply often!
  • The deliciously vanilla flavored Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Makeup Lip Gloss. At $12. It's high shine with a glimmer of gold and a non-sticky formula that lasts several hours. You'll need to reapply during the day to keep the shine bright.

Quick Tip

Keep your lips smooth and soft for a better look with sheer glosses. Exfoliate by gently scrubbing with a damp washcloth and smooth on lip balm or Vaseline at night to fight dry lip skin and keep your pout pretty!

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