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Lipstick vs Lipgloss

Updated on September 6, 2011

The debate is on! Should I wear lipstick or should I wear lip gloss? Is one more appropriate for me than the other? how do I know if I the shade I picked out is the right one for me? So many questions when it comes down to creating our look for the day. Lipstick or lipgloss is usually the last piece of make up applied. Which is the right look for us? Lets take look at what the experts say.

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When analyzing what is right for you it is important to realize that there are several types of lipsticks. Cream lipsticks that are not sticks at all are usually messy to apply. Great for providing moisture to your lips, however not convenient for the on the go gal. Usually creams require a small brush to apply and most of us do not have that much time during the day to reapply.

The Stick

 Lip-Stick. is the most common form of lipstick.  It is usually rich in color.  Some added benefits about the stick is that Lipsticks can be enriched in vitamins as well as sunscreens.  Also lipsticks nowadays can be enhanced with pigments that are longer lasting.

Lip Glosses

 Lip glosses are popular because there are not very many chemicals in them.  They do not look as heavy on the face, as they contain only a hint of color as their lipstick counterparts.    There are three types of Lip gloss. Gel, Cream  and stick gloss.  The Gel Gloss comes in a little pot and is applied with your fingertip.  This can be messy, especially if the lid to the little pot comes off in your purse.  ( I have had this happen a time or two).  The Cream glosses come in a tube and is less transparent than the gel gloss.  The  cream glosses can be enriched with extra vitamins. Stick glosses come in a tube much likelipsticks.  It is the easiest to apply in a hurry and contains more pigment than the other two types of lip glosses.  it will not be good on moisture as it mostly concentrates on lip color.

How to find the right shade of Lipcolor

Finding the right shade of lipcolor is a tricky buisness. You have to know what looks go on you!. One fashion expert states to find a lipstick that looks good on you try it on without any make up at all. This will enhance your natural beauty. Another tip to finding the perfect shade is to find teh shade that is two shades darker than your your natural lip color. Experts suggest trying on the color on one lip and comparing it to your natural colr. if it is two shade darker than you have found it!

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Tips and tricks

To keep your lipstick lasting longer, fillin your lips with a lip liner before applying your color. Also did you buy a shade of lipstick you hate? Tone it down by applying a lip liner prior to applying the color!

Wearing Red Lipstick

 Yep i am one of them . On of those gals who believes she cannot possibly wear red lipstick No Way!!  The key they say is to match the shade of red to the undertones of your skin.  If you have a pink  undertone then a cherry red may be good for you.  If red is to much then apply a lip balm first before applying your pigment.  This helps give your lips a sheen of red with out too much pigment.  There is a word of caution about matching your red lips to your red outfit.  This is  a fashion blunder.

A more complicated way of picking out the right color is to try to match your skin tone.  The following is recommended by the experts:

Fair skinned ladies should wear light lip colors such as pinks, apricots and even light nudes.

Medium skinned gals should chose a berry color, light burgandy or rose or mauve.

Dark skinned ladies can look good in the browns, plum and wine colors.

Favorite Lipglosses form the man's point of view

Here is a list of the favorite lipglosses from the Guy's perspective as presented by Glamour magazine in December of 2008.

1. Blistex

2) Burts Beewax Lip balm

3) C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine

4)Max Factor Lipfinity top coat

5)Kiehl's Lip Balm

6) Chapstick

7) Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker

The Lipsticks you used down to the last drop

This is a list of the lipstick that us gals liked so much we actually finished the whole tube! Theis poll was taken by Glamour in October of 2008.

1. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey which is a sheer brownish berry color

2 MAC Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru, it is a light pink

3 Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Grapesicle, it is a purple shade that’s barely there and very shiny

4 MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, a hot pink

5 Lipstick Queen Rouge Sinner, a gorgeous red

6 MAC Lipglass in Lust, a soft pink

7 MAC Lipglass in Viva Glam VI a lovely mauve

8 Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart, a barely there beige

9 Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Blushing Nude the color you lips were naturally


What do you prefer to wear

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A word about lipstains

 I have to admit I really like the lipstains.  The color lasts all day and does not feel heavy on your lips.  If you want to freshen up your lips just add some lip gloss or chapstick as a cover.  I have been using the Maybe-line Colorstay lip stain. One side of the stick is the color and the other is the lip gloss.  The color choice are great!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When it comes to the choice between lip gloss and lip stick I would have to say both. I am more prone to wearing the lip stick when I go to work for an all day color.My favs are the lip glosses sold at victoria secret!.  They have good coverage and seem to last a while.  Oh and they smell great!  My favorite lipsticks?  I favor the neutrogena brands right now.  They are smooth, creamy yet light weight. When I go out with my guy or some friends I usually put on the lip gloss! If you want to try something out of character for you I suggest going to the Clinque counter and grab a girlfriend!


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    • Hearts and Lattes profile image

      Hearts and Lattes 

      6 years ago

      I am the same way. I totally need lip gloss and I buy at least a few sticks of it every time I am at the drugstore. I loved your hub!

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Wv

      Hi Mary Grace,

      Thanks for your input. I will have look up the Sevenfold Kiss lipstain!

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      Mary Grace 

      7 years ago

      hello! thanks so much I've found this site. I'm 14. I like lip glosses but I say I dont find it nice for me. I think I look like a fish when I look at the mirror. my lip is small and a bit pouty so I think no way I can wear red lipsticks even if i really want to. I love Sevenfold Kiss lip and cheek stain, it really looks good on me since it looks like you've just eaten berries. It's peachy pink. And it suits my asian skin. :)

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      8 years ago

      personally I prefer lip glosses too, lipsticks are great only with the right shade otherwise it looks way overpowering. Thanks for the informative hub!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks for the hub on lipstick and gloss, I wear both. Creativeone59

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      9 years ago

      This honestly has to be one of my favorite Hubs - thank you for saving me from lipstick hell and confusion. I hardly have any to boot! Cheer, Kimberly

    • Ms Chievous profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wv

      Lipgloss Junkie? That would have been a great name for my hub! I love the victoria secret lip glosses. They just seem to stay on longer and have a great fragrance to them! thanks for stopping by..

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      9 years ago from California

      I am a total lip gloss junkie. If I don't have a tube on me, I feel anxious lol. I've been using lip gloss for so many years that I actually *need* it now or my lips get super dry. I started using the huge tubes of flavored Bonnie Bell lip glosses when I was really young and have used lip gloss ever since. :)


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