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Youthful Lips: Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss

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I don't care what anyone else says, whether it's on trend or not, lipgloss takes years off a face. Make the gloss a sheer, luscious version of your natural lip colour, and folks will think you're five years younger than you are. This photo of my dear friend Angela Sarantakos and me was taken just a couple of months back; we're wearing sheer pink lipgloss. I'm not giving up our ages, but take my word for it -- we look younger than we are. *grin*

My favourite shades are slightly deeper than my natural lip pigment. Perhaps I should have said shade: one day I'll count all the glosses I own that are varying hues of watermelon. It's the kind of colour that looks good on everyone with skintones from fair to medium/dark, especially on lips that are already naturally rosy. Right now I'm having an affair with Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Guava, which has a subtle shimmer (15 mL, $17.50). Mango is another so-Janine shade (it's okay, I'll share).

As the name suggests, Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss is balm-comfy on the lips, not super sticky. The whole range is sheer, including the summer's limited-edition Guava, Passionfruit, Hazelnut and Cocoa, and any colour will look beautiful with a natural, grocery-shopping makeup look as well as date-night smokey eyes.

Just don't clear out the Clinique counter supply, please. Leave at least a Mango for me. It's nice to share. Maybe I'll share with Clive Owen? The colour will look good on him.

Clinique is available at select department stores, Sephora,, and