It’s easy to judge a lip color by, well, its color. But there’s much more to consider, from formula and finish to antiaging ingredients and healing agents. Herewith, a guide to finding your lip product match.
There are plenty of beauty hacks to boost thin lips—applying liner just outside the lip line, coating with gloss for extra pop—but isn’t it better to start off with a formula that targets puny pouts? Try Fusion Beauty’s Infatuation Lip Fattener, whose custom Amplifat™ technology works with fatty acids to make lips appear fuller over 28 days of use. So get the plump—without any needles.
If you’re lucky enough to possess Angelina Jolie-worthy lips, well, bully for you. In order not to distract too much from the rest of your beautiful features, we recommend a matte formula like Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Matte Lipstick. A healthy dose of shea butter keeps this formula as smooth (read: clump-free) as it is opaque.
In winter, dry indoor air and blustery winds outside make it hard to commit to much more than lip balm. But you don’t have to deprive yourself. Since color often cakes around chapped lips, look for a moisture-rich formula like Jouer’s Tinted Lip Enhancer, which combines soothing ingredients like jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E with plumping agents that will leave your lips pillowy and flake-free.
As you get older, the skin around your mouth develops fine lines, causing color to feather along the edges of your lips. Laura Mercier’s Cream Smooth Lip Color has a nourishing dose of olive oil and vitamin E to combat color settling into wrinkles. We also can’t help but love its shade of classic retro red, perfect for all ages and skin types.
For women on the go, a lip color that lasts through meetings, lunch, several cups of coffee, and on to dinner is as rare as a unicorn sighting (hey, we still believe). While some lipsticks require frequent reapplications, we’ve found a long lasting love match in Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. One swipe and you’re good to go, for real. You don’t have to take our word for it either, just check out the thousands of customer reviews!
Dull, colorless lips often lead directly to the dreaded “You look tired” comment. To avoid any Walking Dead comparisons, try a lightweight, brightening stain, like theBalm® cosmetics’ Stainiac (Bonus: It works on your cheeks too!). Feeling bold? Reach for Laqa & Co’s Fat Lip Pencil, packed with enough concentrated pigment to breathe life into even the most pallid pouts.
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