Most women don't realize that, in order to get sheer lips that look put together and will last significantly longer, it is absolutely necessary that you lose a nude lip liner. This will prevent your lips from looking washed out, as it will provide definition and a hint of color to your lips. You will also want to make sure that you provide protection to your lips. If you've ever applied lip gloss, even the ones that appear to be super moisture intensive, you know that the truth quickly becomes apparent. Lip glosses tend to dry out lips instead of hydrating them. Therefore, you should apply some time type of lip protectant prior to applying the lip gloss. This will keep your lips looking plump and healthy, not dry and peeling. Carmex tends to be one of the best to use.
Although you are going for the sheer look, don't be afraid to use it over a shade, such as a light pink or even over a light coat of foundation, which tends to eliminate the color in your lips and give you a nude and neutral look. The great thing about sheer lipsticks is that you can go a little bolder than you normally would. Bright lipsticks are sometimes intimidating but bright, sheer lip glosses are easier to pull off. It's a great way to work up to a brighter, more complex shade. Finally, the best way to get the most out of your sheer lip gloss and ensure that it is giving you the best look it possibly can, don't allow lip glosses to just sit around. Over time, they become tackier and will eventually become so tacky that it feels as if you've applied glue to your lips. Toss out the old glosses and opt for newer ones, especially ones with metallic shimmer.