In the warmer months of summer and early fall, I love the look of light and fresh looking lip color. It is a nice change of pace from the matte lips we see so often. Lip tints, balms, and lightweight formulas offer a sheer wash of color with hydrating benefits. They are the perfect option if you are a makeup minimalist or if you are just looking for an everyday option that looks great even if you are not wearing any other makeup. Check out some of our top picks for lightened up lips.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, Nude
What It’s All About- The formula features sugar, which is a natural humectant that helps to prevent moisture loss. Natural oils such as black currant seed and grapeseed oil help maintain hydration levels. While vitamin C and E smooth and soften the lips. In addition, this coveted lip treatment offers SPF 15 protection.
Why We Love It- Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is the perfect balance of hydration and color. With 14 sheer to buildable shades, it is easy to find your perfect everyday color. They smell amazing with a bright citrus scent and best of all they are formulated without petroleum, mineral oil, or lanolin.
ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner, Blossom Lady
What It’s All About- ILIA’s Tinted Lip Conditioner is known for its sheer, buildable color that leaves lips feeling soft and smooth. Formulated with cocoa butter to hydrate and oils such as olive fruit, sesame, and vitamin E to help regenerate the skin from the inside out with buildable color.
Why We Love It- It is hard to find an organic line that performs as effectively as some of the larger, more well-known brands, but ILIA is one of the few. We love that this lip tint finishes like a sheer lipstick and nourishes like a hydrating lip balm. Our favorite color Blossom Lady is formulated with 100% natural dyes.
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color, Baby
What It’s All About – Formulated with matte pigments, Vitamin E, C and beeswax to deliver a blotted-down, stained effect look on the lips. The formula is long lasting without being drying.
Why We Love It – Crushed Lip Color is effortlessly chic and super comfortable to wear all day long. It gives you the look of a long lasting lipstick with the comfort of a balm. It’s truly the best of both worlds. Available in 20 shades.
Maybelline Shine Compulsion Lipstick, Undressed Pink
What It’s All About- Maybelline’s first oil-in-stick lipstick has 60 percent reflective oils for the ultimate shine and hydration. The ten colors range from soft nudes, pinks such as our favorite, Undressed Pink to deep plums.
Why We Love It- Different from the previous formulas we spoke about this formula is all about the shine. If you love the look of a gloss but hate the sticky feel, this may just be the perfect formula for you.
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