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Lip gloss has been used since ages to enhance the lips of women. The term lip gloss is pretty self explanatory. It’s a cosmetic which makes the lips more “glossy”. It’s also useful in keeping them from cracking Shiny and glossy lips are a sign of good health and well-being. They also enhance the beauty of the face. and keeps them hydrated. These days more and more women prefer lip gloss over lipstick since it makes their lips look enhanced and moisturizes them. Very often, lip gloss is used with a lip liner as well. For fuller lips, apply lipgloss on the middle top and bottom of your lips. It can be worn alone also.

History of Lip Gloss

The invention of lip gloss can be attributed to Max Factor in the year 1930. Primarily cause of this invention was for making the lips look shiny in the movies. He has also been credited for the invention of mascara and lipstick. Max Factor was the forefather of Proctor and Gamble, one of the best known cosmetic brands of the world. Initially Max Factor was a make man who worked for the Royal Ballet in Russia in the time of the Czars. He eventually moved to Los Angeles where he opened his first store which dealt in all makeup related items and greasepaint. His invention, lip gloss, was quite a phenomenon in the fashion world. In 2004, Angie Parlionas invented the first retractable lip gloss which can be fixed on the hip and retracts after use.

Lip-gloss Varieties

Nowadays, there are millions of varieties of lip gloss. Some of them are liquid and some are semi solid. They come in colored, glittery, clear, metallic, frosted and all kinds of other forms. Tubes, applicators, metal boxes and boxes with lip brushes are the different ways the lip gloss can be packed in.

Here are the different kinds of lip gloss in brief:

• Just lip gloss: This is the basic kind of lip gloss which is used for glossing the lips

• Colored lip gloss: This adds color and shine as well.

• Glitter lip gloss: This adds shine and glitter to the lips. Color may or may not be present.

• Flavored lip gloss: In addition to the color, shine and glitter, it may also have some flavor like orange etc.

• Water resistant lip gloss: This is a long staying lip gloss.

Lipgloss Ingredients

These days more and more people prefer mineral lip gloss since they aid in enhancing the lips internally and externally. The natural ingredients present in the lip gloss help in keeping the lips hydrated and prevent chapping and drying up of the lips. The common constituents used in mineral lip gloss are candelilla wax, soy, bee wax, capryllic/capric triglyceride. Along with these ingredients castor, olive, hemp and meadow foam oils are also used. The mineral lip gloss gets its color from titanium dioxide, iron oxide and mica. Other ingredients that can be found in lipgloss include: Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, hydrogenated polyisobutene, triisostearyl citrate, diisostearly malate, C10-30 cholesterol lanosterol esters, ethylene proylene styrene copolymer, ozokerite, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, octydodecanol, butylene ethylene styrene copolymer, methylparaben, propylparaben. aloe barbadensis leaf extract, BHT, calcium sodium borosilicate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, calcium aluminum borosilicate, carmine, aluminum hydroxide, tin oxide and all sorts of cosmetic colors.

Even though this list may look a little scary, lipgloss is clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy, are usually fragrance-free and dermatologist-tested. All these ingredients work well together to moisturize and condition the lips thus creating a barrier on the lips surface that helps protect them against dehydration by locking in the moisture. You can be assured that lipsgloss ingredients work together for: maximum comfort, maximum shine, rich color, brilliant shine, super-light feel, smooth and soft lips never feeling sticky.


Lip gloss is a great way to enhance your lips and look beautiful. Mineral lip gloss is not just natural but the properties of various mineral constituents help your lips to remain soft, supple and beautiful for ever!

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