Monday, March 15, 2010
Lip gloss is a cosmetic product that is used in giving the lips a mildly glossy shine and sometimes, subtle color. It is distributed as a liquid or a soft solid (not to be confused with lip balm, which has medicinal purposes). It can be completely clear, translucent, or various shades of opacity, including frosted, glittered, and metallic looks.
Like lipstick, lip gloss comes in a variety of forms and may be applied in different ways. It can be contained in a small cylindrical bottle and applied with a rounded or sloped applicator wand or can be applied with a built in lip brush, or a small tube designed for application with the fingertip. Lip gloss is often used when a person wants to have some color on their lips, but does not want an intense, solid lip color effect (i.e. a more "made-up" look), as lipstick would create. Lip gloss is also often used as a sort of introduction to makeup. It's often used by preteen and young teenage girls who want to wear some makeup, but who think (or whose parents think) that they're a bit too young to wear a more intense lipstick color.