The Grown-Up Guide to Wearing Lip Gloss

Though our rollerball lip gloss days may behind us (miss you, Lip Smackers), we're keeping an open mind about shiny lips-and for good reason. From slick and glassy to pigmented and shimmery, we can't help but fall in love with the season's grown-up version of our childhood staple. Ahead, we present the ultimate guide to wearing lip gloss like an adult-no body glitter or butterfly clips required.

Click through the slideshow to see nine reasons why you should start wearing lip gloss again!

Reason #1: It Gives Life To Your Nude Lipstick

Kim Kardashian shows that adding a coat of shimmery gloss like MAC's Tinted Lipglass ($15) in Florabundance over your nude lipstick is the simplest way to avoid looking corpse-like.В

Reason #2: It Adds Dimension to Matte Makeup

What's the perfect way to finish off a matte makeup look? A subtle, shimmery rose-tinted gloss. We love Urban Decay's Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20) in Beso.

Reason #3: It Makes You Look Like a Badass

Iggy Azalea proves shimmery lip gloss isn't just for girly-girls-her white eyeliner, crimped hair, and sheer pink pout at the 2014 MTV Music Awards scream “badass”.

Reason #4: It Gives Your Pink Lipstick a Run for Its Money

Natural makeup and a glossy, lacquered pink lip gloss like Harley Viera-Newton's make the perfect spring beauty look and we're more than on board.

Reason #5: It Looks Amazing in Fuschia Form

Jessica Biel's shiny, fuschia lip adds instant drama to her otherwise toned down beauty look.В

Reason #6: It Makes Your Lips Look Bigger

A wine-colored gloss makes Emma Stone's lips look especially plump in this gorgeous look from her Spiderman 2: Rise of Electro press tour (click here to see the rest of her jawdropping beauty looks!)

Reason #7: It Perfectly Complements A Sultry, Smoky Eye

Nothing complements a dramatic smoky eye better than a glossy nude lip, as demonstrated by Eva Longoria. Try Stila's Lip Glaze ($22) in Banana for a sheer, natural finish.

Reason #8: It Also Looks Gorgeous With a Daytime Smoky Eye

Selena Gomez's baby-pink lip gloss is the perfect finishing touch to her daytime smoky eye.

Reason #8: It Makes a Classic Red Lip Infinitely Better

As much as we love a matte red lip, we can't help but obsess over Leslie Mann's lacquered-up version at the NYC screening of The Other Woman.


Keep clicking to shop our favorite spring lip gloss picks!

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color ($10)

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss ($20)

Nars Larger than Life Gloss in Bimini ($26)

Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Valencia ($24)

Dior Addict Fluidstick in Pandore ($35)

Chanel LГЁvres Scintillantes in Murmure ($30)

MAC Tinted Lipglass ($15)

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout ($20)

Stila Lip Glaze ($22)

Lancome Lip Lover $23ShopL'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinary Lip Color $10ShopUrban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss $20ShopNars Larger than Life Gloss in Bimini $26ShopBite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Valencia $24ShopDior Addict Fluidstick in Pandore $35ShopChanel LГЁvres Scintillantes in Murmure $30ShopMAC Tinted Lipglass $15ShopSmashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pout $20ShopStila Lip Glaze $22Shop