Six seriously good lip glosses

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This summer the beauty desk has been inundated with amazing new colours, textures and formulations, not to mention new additions to classic ranges. Here are a few of my favourites:

Rouge Dior Crème de Gloss in Sweet Praline, £17.50, by Dior

This reliable, goes-with-everything nude has a lovely satin texture that makes lips look soft and natural - not gloopy.

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Tip: When you use a pale nude gloss, the lip’s natural colour can interfere with the result. Neutralise your lip first with a dab of Lip Erase in Dim by M.A.C or your regular concealer.

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Laque de Rose SPF 15, £24.45, by By Terry at Space NK

Fans of the original By Terry rose lip balm will love this same-scented gloss, which looks after lips while imparting a dense sheen and a good neutral finish. Use it over nude or pale lip liner for an even more polished look.

Tip:  Tinted balms are a great way to colour lips without drying them out. Try Lip Butter by Korres or Sheer Pink Lip Shimmer by Liz Earle.

Gloss Interdit in Rouge Passion, £16.15, by Givenchy

I don’t really wear red lip gloss but if I did, this is the one I’d go for.  The whole range has a particularly good, non-shimmery texture and this cherry shade is perfect for working a/w09’s red lip with slightly less commitment.

Tip: A nude lip pencil used over the whole mouth can prevent gloss seeping into the corners of your mouth and any fine lines around it. Using lots of small, soft strokes, colour in the whole lip, blot, add a little more pencil, then gloss.

Vitamin C Lip Smoothie in Rhubarbie, £13.50, by Clinique

I loved brushing on this thick, nourishing gloss. This nude is just one of six soft, wearable shades that work well with this season’s flawless skin and gently-defined eyes.

Tip: Using a sweep of nude lipstick first can help your lip gloss last longer.

Hollywood Lipgloss in Pacific Paradise, £2.99, by Miss Sporty

Despite its name, this range has a sheer, wearable texture, making it great to grab and dab any time. At this price, you can afford to keep them everywhere.

Tip: Lip glosses with a bronze or copper tint look great on dark or tanned skins. Try Take Me Home from the Miss Sporty range.

Gloss Volute in Iced Lychee (and Chilled Raspberry!), £19, by YSL

I’ve been using YSL’s lip glosses for nine years and the formulations are as good as ever. As well as their traditional glosses, I like this new range, which delivers a beautiful colour and hydrates in one quick sweep.

Tip: Rosy pinks suit medium-pale skin tones. Don’t go for icy pinks unless you’re very fair.Click here to find out where you can create your own lipgloss shade

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