Lip gloss returns as a beauty trend

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Is it just me or is everything that was big in the 90s suddenly on-trend again?

Brown lipstick came back in a big way, chokers became the must-have accessory and now it’s been predicted by make-up artists that lip gloss will be making its return in 2016.

So who’s ready to dust off their favourite M.A.C Lipglass and get their high-shine pout on?

Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande certainly are, after they both included a Lipglass in each of their collections with M.A.C.

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If you’re an avid lipstick lover (like myself) I know you’re probably thinking that you’re going to give the shimmery, slippery lip product a miss – but don’t be so quick to dismiss it.

I’m the first one to admit that when I think of lip gloss, it’s more in a nostalgic sense; pulling the tube out of my off-the-shoulder backpack, applying a nice thick coat so I could taste the watermelon flavour and then elegantly getting my hair stuck in it as soon as the wind picked up.

BUT while it may have that 90s feel about it, the way we’ll be wearing it will be much different.

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The runway, as always, shows us exactly how it’s done – and there’s nothing glittery or fruity-flavoured about it. It’s more of a muted gloss; clear, no shimmer, just lips that look deliciously wet.

Emilio Pucci

Fendi

Diane Von Furstenburg

Dolce & Gabbana

As for the formulas? You can expect those to be different too.

“The new formulas are a lot easier to work with and wear than the tacky, full-on lip glosses of the past. The precise applicators and smooth texture of the new generation of glosses makes them super easy to manipulate and build upon,” says make-up artist Suzy Gerstein.

Celebrities are certainly jumping on the bandwagon, with a few recently stepping out on the red carpet with gloss-covered lips.

So if you too are ready to welcome gloss back with open arms, here are our top picks to put on your wish list for the perfect ‘wet’ look:

  1. Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss
  2. Burt’s Bees Lip Shine
  3. Shanga Lip Gloss in Crystal
  4. Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Lip Gloss SPF 40
  5. 100% Pure Pink Caramel Lip Gloss
  6. Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss

And similar to matte-finish lip products, the key to long-wearing, flawless-looking gloss is to prep the lips with a good scrub (like Lush Lip Scrub).

So what do you think? Will lip gloss make a comeback? Do you like the look of the trend so far?

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