FREE Shipping! on all orders in the U.S. no minimum

How To Choose Between Lipstick or Lip Gloss For An Occasion

When it comes to work events and special occasions, it can be difficult to decide whether or not it would be more appropriate to wear lipstick or lip gloss to make your fashion statement. There’s a lot to consider, too. Is it for work or a social event? Is it a casual or formal occasion? What other makeup are you planning on wearing?

Today, we’ll try to help answer those questions to help you make up your mind on whether or not to rock lipstick or lip gloss at your next event. At the end of the day, though, your style is yours and you will look fabulous whether you wear an AltForé cruelty-free lipstick or natural lip gloss.


As a rule of thumb, it’s better to keep a polished look in the workplace. If your office is more casual, though, you have more options when it comes to putting together working-lady looks. If you do work in a more business-professional setting, we recommend lipstick for a classic, refined look.

Do you have a big presentation or important meeting? A more striking color, like our Ripe Lovely cruelty-free lipstick, will command the room’s attention. In a more casual work setting, a subtle lip gloss keeps you looking more put together without turning too many heads.

Social Events

When it comes to social events, choosing a lipstick or lip gloss depends on how casual or formal the occasion is, how striking your outfit is, and the other makeup you’ll be wearing. If the event is casual, it’s safe to assume a more subtle color is your best friend. Choose a cruelty-free lip gloss like Clearly Lovely.

Are you attending a more formal event? Like big presentations, formal events present the opportunity to really stand out and draw attention. Choose a fun, bold color like 50s Ride to keep things playful or a deep Plum Ruse for a more sultry look.

Makeup Styles

Makeup trends change all the time, but a basic rule for many makeup goddesses is choosing one focal point. If you’re opting for a toned-down eye makeup look, like a classic cat-eye or neutral toned shadows, it creates an opportunity to up your lip game with lipstick. It’s more opaque, so even a more natural lip color, like our Glimmer Lush cruelty-free lipstick, is going to be bold compared to a simple eye look.

If you’re trying a more dramatic eye look, like bright colors or a smokey eye, your focal point should remain on your eye look and your other makeup shouldn’t distract from it. Our natural lip gloss provides more sheer coverage with just a little bit of sparkle and color to complement your eye makeup. If you still want your lips to have a touch of color, try Deep Lovely or Bloom More.

At AltForé, we have a variety of colors of cruelty-free lipstick and natural lip gloss to finish your makeup look. Check out our full selection of gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free products. For more help deciding on between lipstick and lip gloss, check out our quiz map below.