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Beauty - The Panel: Go glossy... this summer

The bad times must be over if lip gloss is back for the season of summer weddings

Sarah Caden

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Chanel Gloss Volume Plumping Lipgloss; Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in Snog; L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Nude; Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil; Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Brickhouse
Chanel Gloss Volume Plumping Lipgloss; Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in Snog; L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Nude; Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil; Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Brickhouse

There's something about lip gloss that reminds us of summer weddings and specifically the major events of the 2000s, which was when gloss last had a moment. Ah, the wind in your hair; your hair stuck to your glossy lips. Those were the days. Well, they're back. Or our love affair with lip gloss is back on, at least.

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The key to wearing lip gloss well is to get your lips in good nick. If they're chapped or flaky, the gloss will look rough. A trusted tip is to gently exfoliate lips with a dry toothbrush. A swanky spin on that would be to use your Clarisonic. Then, give your lips a bit of balm before applying the gloss. If you think you're too old for gloss because it feathers out into the lines radiating from your lips, try putting on a primer first. Hair in an up-do is the only solution to 'mane stuck to mouth', though.

Best Overall

Chanel Gloss Volume Plumping Lipgloss, €33, Chanel counters nationwide

This does what it says. Really. It's a super-light-catching high gloss with menthol and pink peppercorn, both of which basically irritate the lip into a subtle swelling. It doesn't hurt, it looks great, and vitamin E will moisturise. "This is stunning solo," said a panellist. "I looked pouty, but not too pumped-up."

Best Subtle Shine

Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in Snog, €6.99, available nationwide

A my-lips-but-better shade of gloss is always a winner, and this is one. It's part of a new line of good-quality, good-value glosses, available in 15 shades. "Not too sticky, but gloriously shiny," said a panellist. "Classy, not brassy."

Best Pout Protector

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Tinted Lip Balm in Rose Nude, €14.50, L'Occitane shops nationwide

Broad-spectrum sun protection makes this an ideal summer base for lip gloss. Available in four shades, we like this nude one because it enhances your natural lip colour. "This has a nice matte finish, which makes it a good canvas for any lip colour," said one panellist.

Best Pout Prep

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil, €19, Debenhams; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16

If you're older, or a smoker, you'll know about feathering. This is when lip colour migrates along the lines around your mouth, creating a sunburst effect. Primer will hold colour in place, and this thick pencil is a cinch to use as a sealant. "Foolproof," a panellist said. "And no feathering."

Best Strong Shine

Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Brickhouse, €19, Debenhams; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16

There's something for everyone in this line of glosses, which boast Hilurlipo and a pigment infusion system. That's moisture and colour to you. "Gloss can be too subtle on my darker skin," said a panellist. "This has depth and drama."

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