I read this article this morning and have to say “I love lip gloss”! I probably have 4 different color lip glosses, 1 lip balm, and 1 lip buff in my purse. What can I say I like variety, the color, the smell, and the shine on the lips that it gives, is what I love about it! I have never been a lipstick fan, maybe because it reminds me of my grandmother who would wear these frost color lipsticks. So, as I would spend the summers with her, she would give me her old tubes of lipstick to play dress up. Needless to say, I just wasn’t interested in het choice of lip color.
Which brings me to my love for lip gloss, it started with the clear rollerball type, then came the sparkle, and finally color. I like the sheer color palettes so I can wear my lip gloss anytime of the year. So here you go, what do you wear on your lips…

Choosing what lip product to apply isn’t exactly rocket science. Your choices can be boiled down to three basic products: lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm. Every morning without fail, I slick on my favorite tinted lip balm, YSL Volupté Glossy Balm Crystal Color in Dewy Papaya, and for a special occasion I’ll smooth on some lipstick. But I never grab a lip gloss.

If it wasn’t apparent from her ode to cherry Chapstick, beauty rebel Katy Perry is also a glossophobe. Jake Bailey, Perry’s makeup artist, says that she refuses to use gloss because it makes her feel self-conscious. “Many women, some of my clients included, have a slight phobia of lip gloss. Singers in particular tend to stay away because their lips can stick together slightly while they are trying to sing,” Bailey says. I can’t imagine Perry—who is basically the music industry’s Wonder Woman—feeling insecure about anything. But who hasn’t had a messy situation of your hair becoming glued to your lips after a chaotic gust of wind?
For those of us looking to face our glossy fears and experiment with the shiny stuff, Bailey recommends a lightweight formula that’s not too sticky and sheer in color. “Heavier formulas tend to glop up on the corners of the mouth and glosses with too much pigment can look sloppy if not impeccably maintained.” Bailey uses a brush to apply lip gloss onto his clients, “but when you apply it yourself its easiest to use your fingers unless it’s the kind that comes with a wand.” Gloss should be applied in a thin, even layer; “using too much product will start to look messy very quickly,” Bailey says.