Lipstick finishes: What’s best for you?

Gloss, matte, satin…lipsticks have more looks than ever. Whether you like a little shine, a lot of shine or a dramatic, velvety texture, the choice you make can have an impact on your whole look.

Glosses tend to provide a lot of shine and subtle color. You can go shimmery, glittery or pearly as well. Matte finishes are color-drenched and long-lasting but have virtually no shine.

These lip colors can be drying as well. They tend to settle into lines on lips and may bleed outside the lip borders, so it’s important to use a lip liner with these colors.

Moisturization before applying these colors is key to pulling off the look without having lips look chapped and wrinkled.

Satin finish lipsticks are sort of a happy medium – they offer lots of color with just a bit of shimmer. They are more hydrating than mattes, so they don’t have such a drying effect. Most women can wear a satin finish, regardless of their age or lip shape. If you have large lips, then you may want to give matte a try.

It has a minimizing effect, but be sure your pucker is in perfect condition – any sign of chapping will be magnified when you choose a matte finish. It’s a great, glam option for evening.

Glossy finishes look best on women with smaller lips or those who are concerned with the signs of aging around the lips. Glosses can minimize the appearance of fine lines around and on the lips and take years off your appearance.

It’s a super look for day or night, and you can opt for as much or as little shimmer as you like. A translucent shade with some sparkle looks great and lasts longer over a more long-lasting matte formula.

And the great news about satin finishes is that they look great on almost anyone. So choose your perfect color, then consider your finish for a great lip look.