Beauty 101: The A List: Lips


1. Smiths Rosebud Salve $6

(Lip Balm)

I feel so fancy pants when I use this. I think it’s the luxe rose scent and the petal soft texture. I wear this before I go to bed and sometimes before I apply lipstick. Leaves your lips soft and smelling amazing.


2. NARS in Odalisque $26

(Lip Gloss for Olive Skin)


Milky and semi-opaque, this gloss drenches lips in a peachy beige that looks gorgeous alone or layered over nude lipsticks.

3. MAC in Oversexed $20

(Gloss for Darker Skin)


This plum gloss is perfect for darker skin. It’s not too strong and goes well over any lighter lipsticks for a more natural look.

4. YSL Golden in No. 2 $30

(Gloss for Light Skin)


A swirl of high-gloss rose with a trace of pink.

5. L’Oreal Color Riche $8

(Inexpensive gloss)


Full of argan and omega-3 oils, this nourishing gloss comes in 16 creamy and shimmery hues: corals, nudes, pinks, and reds, including the popular Nude Touch.

6. NARS in Chelsea Girls $25

(Gloss for fair skin)


This juicy nude makes lips luscious and full, no matter their true dimensions.

7. Chanel Glossimer $30

(Best Lip Gloss)


This sheer, nonsticky glossy gives lushness, and fullness. It comes in 32 different shads that offer frosty, glossy and extra-shimmery tints.

8. MAC Pro Longwear $23

(Best Long Wearing Lip Color)


Answered prayers, people—this lipstick won’t hang your lips out to dry. The two-in-one (rich pigment on one side, high-shine gloss on the other) is perfect for stay put color. And no dryness. That’s the best part.

9. Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment $18

(Eco Friendly Lip Balm)


This apple scented balm is both pretty and perfect for the pout.  It heals delicate lip skin with argan oil and leaves a pretty pink tint.

10. Revlon Super Lustrous $7

(Inexpensive lip gloss)


The high-shine formula is available in 14 shades, each with a sheer finish and SPF 15. Amazing for a drugstore brand.

11. Dior Addict Ultra Gloss $27

(Best Gloss)


As much eye candy as lip gloss, this nonsticky, astonishlingly shiny formula feels amazing on the lips.

12. Lancome Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin $18


Formulated with honey, royal jelly and beeswax, these limited edition glosses celebrate the cult product’s ten year anniversary. Preservative free and flavored with notes of vanilla, apricot and raspberry, the four springy colors taste as sweet as they look.

13. Giorgio Armani Lip Shimmer in #1 Peach $27

(Fair Skin gloss)

A touch of shimmer adds to the natural color of this gloss. It’s also nonsticky and leaves lips plump.

14. NARS in Orgasm $16

(Gloss for Fair-Medium skin)


This raspberry scent is tinged with flecks of shimmer just like the cult fav blush.

15. Yves Saint Laurent Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Amber $30

(Gloss for Medium-Dark Skin)


This spicy toffee gloss makes lips look full and plump.

16. MAC Tinted Lipglass $14

(Gloss with the best color range)


This pigment-drenched gloss is available in a variety of dramatic shades—from pale, silvery pinks to wickedly intense plums. Pros also praise the sponge tip, which ensures a quick, even application.

17. CoverGirl Wetslicks Amazemint $6


 This lightweight gloss delivers breath-freshening peppermint oil and comes in blue-based red, plum and pink shades designed to make teeth look whiter.

18. Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Gloss in Honey Glaze $18

(Gloss for fair skin)


Gives a subtle, toffee colored shine without being sticky.

19. Go Light On My Lips Lip Gloss $25


Outfitted with a built-in mirror and internal light, this sheer, non-tacky gloss is the ultimate nightclub accessory: Just click a button on top of the tube and everything is illuminated.

20. Murad Energizing Pomegranate Lip Therapy $17

(Lip Balm)


his nonsticky, SPF 15 balm has pomegranate extract (a powerful antioxidant that combats sun damage) and exfoliating salicylic acid.

21. Tarte Inside Out Borba Vitamin Gloss $21


This lip gloss contains the same skin-enhancing vitamins (A, C, E and K) and extracts (green tea, lychee and chamomile) found in Borba’s popular vitamin drinks.

22. NARS gloss in Chihuahua $24

(Gloss for Med – Fair skin)

23. Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15 $3

(Lip Balm)


Made with squalene, jojoba oil and aloe, this rich formula offers long-lasting moisture without a waxy feeling. It’s hydrating and still lets you put lipstick over it for a nice glide on application.

24. Bourjois Effect 3D $15

(Lip gloss)


A lip-softening gloss that manages to strike just the right balance between shiny and soft.

25. CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Color $10


This formula works all day—even through lunch. The Permatone color comes in 21 flattering and durable shades. And the sheer, protective top coat contains conditioning and moisturizing ingredients that make it a great glossy lip balm even on its own.

26. Mario Badescu Lip Wax $7

(Lip Balm)


This softening, not waxy balm is perfect for sun protection. It includes Vitamin C, E and SPF 15.

27. Kevyn Aucoin Lip Gloss in Molasses $27

(Gloss for Med – Fair skin)


28. Buxom Full On Lip Polish $18


Sheer, high-shine lip polish creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips. Vitamins A and E in this lip polish help keep lips soft, smooth, and protected with a refreshing tingling sensation .

29. Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss $22


This long-wearing lip gloss features “Kiss Me Quick” plant extract that helps to increase volume and fullness in lips, Brown Algae , a key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin, and Balkan Botanical Infusion—Anastasia’s exclusive antioxidant-rich complex that helps soften, soothe and hydrate skin.

30. Philosophy Tube Gloss $8


By far the best tasting lip gloss to ever be on your lips. Plus it’s not sticky.


1. NARS in Tanganyka $26

(Shade for Dark skin)


Unbelievably balmy, this brick red gives lips just the right amount of drama.

2. Tom Ford in Pink Adobe $48

(Shade for Fair skin)


This pink has a hint of coffee for a unique and natural coloring.

3. Hourglass in Grace $30

(Shade for Fair skin)


The shade of satiny pink your lips would look like…if they were a bit more genetically blessed.

4. Make Up Forever Rouge Artiste Natural $20

(Best Lipstick)

Lips just don’t get more cushioned than this. All 50 choices, from sheer nudes to shimmery reds, are laced with fatty acids and light-reflecting mother-of-pearl for a plush-looking finish. I’ve replenished No. 32 and No. 34 over and over again. This should be enough proof.

5. Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar $18

(Eco Friendly)

Never mind the petite tube—this lip paint packs crazy amounts of rich color. You need only a pin-size drop on the brush it comes with for hours of opaque wear. Did I mention they’re spiked with peppermint? Yeah.

6. CoverGirl Lip Perfection $7

(Inexpensive Lipstick)


Despite the nice price, these silk protein–enriched formulas don’t cheap out on pigment. The top-selling Fairytale, a bright red-coral, is universally flattering,from porcelain complexions to the richest dark skin tones.

7. Tarte Lipsurgence $24

(Lip Tint)


As fast to flatter as it is to apply, this cushiony gel pencil “defines, moisturizes, and colors your pucker in two seconds and stays put. Loaded with peppermint oil and vitamin E, the stain offers lush, flattering color, like the best-selling Enchanted, a soft rose.

8. Tom Ford $48

(Best Lipstick)


Svelte packaging and saturated colors, among which Casablanca, a plummy rose, is a favorite. Absolutely flush with exotic butters and oils, the long-lasting shades practically babysit your pout from morning till night. Ridic. For this price – it’s well worth it.

9. NARS in Honolulu Honey $24

(Shade for Olive skin)


It’s the smart matchup to sultry, smoky eyes—a caramel hue that neatly enhances your pout.

10. Exude Lip Creme $29

(Best Lipstick)

No more melting lipsticks. This ingenious bullet is protected by a plastic barrier, and all nine colors are infused with vitamins C and E to leave lips lush. And you’ll never overapply—one click delivers the perfect amount of color every time. So innovative, I love it.

11. NARS Lipstick $24

(Overall Best Lipstick)


Experts are always praising this winner—and that’s not just a lot of lip service. Loaded with pigment and antioxidants, it goes on smooth and fades evenly, never leaving behind a ring around the mouth.

12. Revlon Colorburst $9


The smooth and luxurious feel of these babies are amazing for the price. I’ve tried a couple of hues in this line and they’re easy to apply, stay on, and don’t dry out. Love.

13. Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick $14

(Eco friendly lip product)


Shea butter, jojoba, and carrot extract provide intense hydration in a lush, moist bullet. Use it to restore chapped, flaky skin or slick it on at bedtime and wake up to plump, pillowy lips.

14. Fresh Sugar Rose’ Tinted Lip Treatment $22


This is the lip color you wish you had been born with—and because the sheer, rosy hue flatters all complexions, people might believe that you were. Bonus: The pigment is delivered in an oil-rich bullet that hydrates every bit as well as your thickest balm. I’ve been using this stuff since Sephora gifted it in a Birthday sample kit a couple years back. Approved. Big time.

15. Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Splendid $22

(Shade for Fair skin)


16. Lancome Color Fever Lipstick in Brick House $25


Most reds tend to look pink on dark skin; this chocolate-cherry hue won’t.

17. Chanel Rouge Allure $30


What Godiva is to chocolate, Rouge Allure is to lipstick: Rich, creamy and decadently luxurious. Each of the 44 shades contains silicone for an easy glide-on and shea butter and canola oil to soften your pout. I can’t wait to try this stuff, especially with the wide range of colors, I’m going to be in heaven.

18. Stila High Shine $22

(Glossy Lipstick)


Silky texture and just enough shine to make it look ultra modern and slick.

19. Giorgio Armani Sheer Lipstick $26

(Sheer Lipstick)


These lipsticks moisturize like a balm but still give you a gorgeous hit of a sheer hue.

20. Chanel Rouge Hydrabase Creme’ $29

(Creme Lipstick)

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Pros like Iris Moreau praise the lip-softening properties of the vitamin E and chamomile it contains. It’s the ultimate classic lipstick.

21. Vincent Longo Lip & Cheek Stain $30

(Lip Stain)


You can choose from five sheer shades (divided into warm, cool and neutral tones) and achieve those ever sultry popsicle stained lips.

22. Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal $18

(Glossy Lipstick)


The texture of this fig-scented lipstick is lightweight, not goopy. And the color doesn’t bleed or disappear the way some formulas can. Plus, it comes in fresh, tropical-fruit-inspired shades that offer the right blend of rich pigment and shiny gloss.

23. MAC Lipstick $20

(Overall Lipstick)


From pinks to browns, MAC’s 200-plus shades are bleed-proof. From Frosts, Shimmers, Mattes to Cremes – MAC has it covered. I find that the lipsticks get dry after 4-6 hours but that’s just it 4-6 hours. A little gloss on top is a great tip. And MAC signature scent from each lipstick is a nice little plus as well. My favorites right now are Please Me, Ruby Woo, Lady Danger and Girl About Town.

24. Laura Mercier in Sparkling Pink $22

(Med – Fair Skin shade)


25. Bobbi Brown in Chocolate $22

(Dark skin shade)



1. MAC Liner in Stripdown $13

(Shade for Olive skin)


The fleshiness of this brown looks delicious (not dirty) against olive complexion.

2. MAC in Spice $15

(Shade for Fair skin)


Incredibly plush, and the creamy cinnamon plays off the peach tones in pale skin.

3. MAC in Chestnut $13

(Shade for Dark skin)

Plays nice with red, plum, and brown lipsticks, and the cocoa liner is creamy enough to wear on its own..

4. MAC in Subculture $13

(Shade for Fair skin)


Lips look fuller and more luscious, not obviously outlined.

5. Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay On Liner in Tiramisu $3

(Shade for Med-Dark skin)


A rich caramel for a natural look.

6. NARS in Rosebud $20

(Shade for Fair skin)


7. Chanel Precision Lip Definer in Nude $28

(Shade for Fair Skin)


8. Clinique QuickLiner for Lips $20


This all-day liner traces the lips while preventing lipstick from feathering and bleeding. Or cover the entire surface of lips to extend the wear of lipstick. This non-drying formula is water- and transfer-resistant.

9. Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Liner $28


Few things evoke glamour like a bold red lip. This universal, classic red shade lays down a beautiful opaque weightless color that stays put all day.

10. Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil $20


offers a light, comfortable, smudge-resistant formula that delivers rich pigment and maintains a refined look all day.

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