Lip Service: Glosses & Stains with Mega Watt Shine

A girl can never have enough lip gloss, which is why one big basket in my closet is dedicated entirely to an impressive array of lip glosses form this season. What makes these little gems worthy of being included in my makeup bag is the versatility and ease of application while delivering rich color and sheen for luscious lips. Glossy lips are provocative and alluring and you know men are drawn to pouts with megawatt sheen, not goopy but enough sheen to vamp up the lips.

1. Maybelline Superstay 24: This lip stain does two things every woman wants in her lip gloss.  It delivers super rich color that stays on for hours as well as a gloss stick that adds some shine to the color.  Application of this affordable gem is in two steps.  First, you apply the lip stain and wait a few minutes for it to dry.  Next, you apply the balm to seal in the color and add moisture to your lips.  This lip duo stays on lips for a full 24 hours and comes off with an oil-based makeup remover. Try it in Ruby, a rich red color, for a night out on the town. Retail: $9.99

2.  Benefit Ultra Shine: I have been addicted to this high shine gloss since New York Fashion Week.  My go to color is Wild Child, a flattering purple color gloss that compliments almost every skin tone.  When layered on top of lipstick or alone, the Ultra Shine gloss drenches lips with a burst of color and shine through a precision brush.  The gloss goes on smooth without the stickiness of cheaper glosses. Retail: $18

3.  Fashion Fair Lip Teasers: Lip Teasers by Fashion Fair are just that, teasers.  The super rich and moisturizing formula gives lips a notice me sheen.  The colors are very flattering on all skin tones, especially darker skin.  Try the Brave Babe, an unexpected orange with a slight shimmer or the Coral Craze, a bright peachy coral that compliments the floral and nautical trends of the Summer.  Retail: $17

4.  LORAC Multiplex 3-D Lip Gloss:  This paraben-free gloss has holographic pigments to deliver high-lacquer shine and long lasting color for sexy lips all day and night.  The Multiplex 3-D gloss also has antioxidants to nourish and protect lips.  Retail: $28

5.  Stila Lip Glaze:  This compact gloss comes in a compact pen with a brush that delivers moisturizing punch of color to your lips without drying out when the gloss comes off.   Layer the Angel Food Lip Glass on top of red shades this Summer for a more vibrant lip.  The new formula comes in a bigger pen, twice the size for more application.  Retail: $22

6.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss:  The beauty brand created a special color, Red Tango, to celebrate all women for the Harper’s Bazaar Fabulous at Every Age issue.  Though this color is available for a limited time, the other colors, over 30 to choose from, are worth trying.  The gloss goes on smooth with just the right amount of color without going overboard.  The color stays in plays for about two hours before needing a reapplication.  Retail: $20

7.  Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss:  Think of the YSL Golden Gloss as the Cadillac of glosses.  With flecks of 24-carat gold packed into this high shine and ultra moisturizing gloss, your lips will get a punch of color, mega watt shine that lingers for hours.  Leave friends and guys hanging on to your every word. The formula is enriched with nourishing oils of Nigelle and Carmeline to leave lips soft and moisturized hours after application.  Try Golden Isolence, a rich purple/fuchsia color. Retail: $32