Have you been using the same type of lipstick your whole life? It might be time to switch things up a bit. With all of the options on the market, in fact, the different types of lipsticks can get a little confusing, but once we get our act together, we can find some nice options.
Some will help those who need hydration, those who want something light and, of course, those who want to stand out and shine.
Here’s a quick guide talking about lipsticks of different types and what makes them suitable for your needs.
Types of Lipsticks
The transparent lipstick
Let’s start with the timeless classics: a sheer lipstick is a good choice if your lips are dry for any reason (lack of moisture, weather conditions etc.). The sheer veil it releases can moisturize your lips but also provide a lot of shine and a bit of gloss.
This will make it a lipstick that, despite not coloring, allows you to make out the contours of your lips just fine. For some reason though, sheer lipsticks tend to darken the natural color of the lips once worn. Let’s move on to satin lipstick.
Sheer and satin lipsticks are very similar and are often used interchangeably.
Satin lipstick is great for preserving the natural moisture of the lips and giving a very glossy look. One of the essential things to remember about satin lipstick is that it has a high oil content. Sometimes high oil lipsticks need to be applied more often than other types of lipstick. It can be worn during the day, but because of the strong shine it becomes a great choice for a special occasion or evening wear.
The cream lipstick is slightly different cosmetics from the first two options on this list of ours.
The cream has a much thinner, low-gloss look compared to common glosses. Also, it is not shiny, but it will give a very nice and smooth effect on the lips. Cream lipsticks don’t do much from a moisturizing standpoint, but they can protect your lips from pollution and dust. These are products that are fashionable and can be bought in many different styles.
A shiny lipstick or gloss stands out a little more than a creamy lipstick.
When you add shine to your lips, you’ll make them look bigger than they are, so you might not want to use it if you already have pronounced lips. Instead, it’s ideal for women who have very small lips.
Some people use a cream lipstick or a glossy lipstick and then put a clear gloss on top of it just to achieve this enlargement effect (and accentuate it even more).
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Matte or matt lipstick
It’s perfect when you’re going for a modern look: matte lipstick has nothing shiny about it yet manages to bring the eyes of the beholder right to your lips. Matts, in fact, give a very bold look even if they don’t shine. Many of these products also come with moisturizers, which is not to be underestimated because sometimes the matte effect is achieved by overusing pigment at the expense of moisturizing the lips.
A pearl lipstick is a make-up item properly designed to reflect light.
It can be a perfect ally for a special occasion, dinner party or formal event.
We recommend you also use a moisturizer with pearl lipstick as they’re not known for being as gentle on the lips (and are definitely not moisturizing). But this one about moisturizing is definitely a discussion we need to get into since we’ve touched on it in pros and cons for each type of lipstick.
The Moisturizing Elements of Lipstick
If you live in a place with a dry climate, you know how hard it is to keep your lips moisturized.
Using a lipstick with good moisturizing ability is not only practical, but it can also be very helpful in ensuring that you look good. Some lipsticks with moisturising formulations contain natural ingredients like aloe or vitamin E. Thanks to these components, your lips will be more protected from external agents and they will also give you a soft feeling. In addition, it has to be said that most moisturizing lipsticks will still look a bit shiny… which could save you from having to add a gloss or use a glossy primer and save you time!