There seem to be more and more lip formulas coming out all the time. It used to be a choice of lipbalm, lipstick, or lipgloss. Now there are lip plumpers, lip stains, liquid lipsticks, lip lacquers, lip crayons, and more. Those are just a few of the options for just one part of your face! Let’s take a look at what the different options offer.
You would think that the most basic lip product of all would be lipbalm, but even that can be a bit of a headache if you want it to be. There are lip masks, lip scrubs, tinted lipbalms, lipbalms with or without SPF protection, lip treatment oils and serums, and even lip primers. Lip masks, lip scrubs, lip balms, lip oils, and lip serums are usually treatments for dry and / or chapped lips, and some are perfect for overnight treatments. Lip primers are designed to be applied prior to lip color so that it goes on smoother and lasts longer. If you want to go basic and simple, use a lipbalm with SPF during the day and a thicker lipbalm at night to restore your lips while you sleep. As a sidenote — non-pot applicators are usually the easiest to work with. During the winter, a lipscrub can be a lifesaver for flaky lips. A lip plumper is another lip treatment that uses special ingredients to help make the lips look and feel fuller, for that “bee-stung” look.
One of the first makeup items most of us ever get is that first lipgloss. These are easy to swipe on without a mirror (depending on your color choice) and are great for throwing into just about any size handbag. A nice creamy nude pink is almost a universal color that will go with any makeup palette.
For more color, the options have truly expanded. This is where the possibilities explode — lip stains, liquid lipsticks, lip lacquers, lip crayons, and the quintessential lipstick. Lip stains are a long-lasting product that do actually stain the lips. Many of them actually will work on the cheeks as well. Liquid lipsticks and lip lacquers are typically highly pigments and full coverage color, and oftentimes extremely shiny in their finish. Lip crayons are like thick lip liner pencils, and work very well as a two-in-one product. Some offer more of a matte finish and some have a glossier look.
Hope this primer has helped! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about any of the products!