Whether you like it matte, satiny or glossy, here are the best lip picks for a natural-looking pout.
PRETTY IN PINK
Nars Afterglow Lip Balm in Dolce Vita, $40
Its sheer pink enhances your natural lip colour without making you look too done up, and its formula of nourishing Monoi Hydrating Complex and an antioxidant blend helps to keep your lips feeling soft and plump.
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme 132 Endless, $52
With a blend of natural rice powder, magnesia, concentrated pigments and an antioxidant complex, this glides and coats your lips with an ultra-thin yet highly saturated layer of the warm rosewood shade. Lips remain impeccably smooth and vibrant even after eight hours of wear.
Nudestix Magnetic Lip Plush Paints Liquid Lipstick in Waikiki Rose, $42
With a velvety formula, this liquid lipstick hydrates and protects lips while delivering a soft-matte finish. Best part, it helps to blur the look of fine lines, doesn’t feel tacky and can even be used on the cheeks for a monochromatic look.
YSL Beaute Rouge Volupte Shine in Morning Nude Kiss, $52
Made with plant waxes to nourish and soften, its balm-like texture dresses your lips in a sheer beige-nude shade, and leaves them looking shiny and plump.
Shiseido ColorGel LipBalm in #03 Peony, $46
With a lightweight gel texture, this melts into lips upon application, drenching them in moisture and skin-strengthening ingredients so that lips feel softer and smoother.
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in #337 Blush Classique, $49
Formulated with the moisture-boosting Pro-Xylane and antioxidant vitamin E, this creamy lipstick coats lips in pinky-nude pigments while delivering lip-conditioning ingredients to ensure long-lasting comfort.
Dior Lip Glow Oil in #007 Raspberry, $50
Enriched with cherry oil, this lip care product forms a film to protect against moisture loss while leaving behind a high-shine glossy finish that doesn’t feel greasy. Its colour reviver technology is said to react with the moisture level of your lips to create your own custom shade.
SKIN ON SKIN
Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in N100 Beige Caraman, $55
With each application, lips are smoothed, thanks to the plumping effect of hyaluronic acid spheres. The hydrating formula sets into a velvety finish that neither feathers nor settle into lines. This neutral beige shade never looks washed out and flatters virtually every skin tone.
Burberry Beauty Kisses Lip Lacquer in #03 Nude, $47
With the coverage of a lipstick, the lip care properties of a balm and the ease of application like a gloss, this all-in-one lippie promises high shine and intense pigment saturation in one stroke. The gel-like formula also features hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump lip surface.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in Wilder, $52
Who says you can’t make a statement with a nude lip? Thanks to its highly pigmented matte colour, this ultra-creamy formula applies effortlessly and leaves a velvety finish that refuses to budge for hours.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2.0 Lipstick in JK Magic, $52
Thanks to a combination of 3D glowing pigments and moisturising ingredients, this hydrating lippie conceals the look of any discolouration on your lips and adds just a touch of peachy nude-rose.
Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Board Meeting, $40
If you prefer a bold and saturated effect on your lips, look no further. Known for its high concentration of ultra-smooth pigments, this lipstick promises an even, full-coverage application with every single swipe. It is also enriched with sweet almond oil so that it applies smoothly without dragging, and leaves your lips feeling smooth and supple.
Sulwhasoo Lip Serum Stick in No. 8 Soft Rose, $50
Infused with camellia oil and safflower complex, this lip balm is packed with nourishing actives to replenish and plump lips. It goes on sheer for a universally flattering tint that suits every skin tone.
Make Up For Ever Artist Lip Shot Lipstick in #101 Excessive Nude, $35
Combining the intensity of a lipstick with the shine of a lacquer, this lip colour comes with a click pen format so that you can dispense the exact amount you need. It also features a slim and handy packaging with a thin and angled tip for added precision.