There are times when just a tinge of colour or layer of moisture — minty flavour optional — is all we want to put on our lips. Fair play. Easy to apply, no mirror required lip glosses and lip balms are a must have. Here are our top five picks to include in your makeup kit.
Smooth moves: Eos Lip Balm in Sweet Mint, $4.
The 95-percent organic, 100-percent natural, mint-flavoured lip balm really does make you smile like the ads say it will. We chalk it up to the balm’s adorable egg shape, sheer coverage and infusion of hydrating ingredients: shea butter and Vitamin E.
New natural: Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Raspberry, $28.
This lushly-hued and super glossy lip tint is full of antioxidants and ingredients that moisturize and revitalize, but contains no parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals or synthetic fragrances or dyes. Being organic is pretty.
Luxe lips: Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp Plumping Lip Gloss in Indian Rose, $19.
Perfect for women who want bee-stung-looking lips without the pain and price, this lip-plumping gloss helps increase collagen production naturally with botanical, sandthorn extract. Plus, we really like the dusty rose colour.
Clear comfort: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Colour in Pink Blossom, $8.
Even the fussiest woman will want to pocket this hydrating lip balm. It’s all-natural, key ingredient, honey, is an emollient so it keeps your lips soft and moisturized. And the pretty pop of sheer pink colour goes on nice and smooth.
Super shine: M.A.C Tinted Lipglass in Cultured, $18.
Want daytime drama without the soap? A slick across the lips with this opalescent pinky-mauve colour is your best solution. Shiny, not sticky, the Tinted Lipglass has a glass-like finish that can be worn solo or over top of lipstick.