It's when lips are dry and flaky that particles can get trapped in the creases and create a gunky coating. Exfoliate your pucker with a washcloth before applying gloss. You can also run a cotton swab along the inside of lips to remove the film. Or switch to a glossy balm: Says Bailey, "It gives the same shiny look but no residue."
Burt's Bees tinted lip balm in Tiger Lily, $7; burtsbees.com.
Cover Girl Nature Luxe gloss balm in 205, $6; at drugstores.Read MoreLess