Summer 2012 Makeup: Best Lip Products
Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Violet
That's not a popsicle, silly girl! This super-rad tube has a layer of almost-clear, hydrating gloss, wrapped around a stick of straight-up color in the middle. It's like a stain, but the traditional application method ensures the tint will be evenly distributed all over your pucker.
Topshop Lip Marker in Hot Shot
If you struggle with coloring within the (lip) lines, consider switching up your tool. This vivid tangerine find is so reminiscent of an everyday marker, you should avoid picking it up until you're fully awake in the morning.
MAC Lipstick in Reel Sexy
When you're spending days in a bikini, the only accessory you really need is a stand-out lip look. This coral hue hue is subdued enough for everyday-wear, but the universally-flattering tone will still work when you've lost your beach-y bronze.
Bite Line & Define Lip Primer
With bright lips emerging as one of this season's hottest trends, it's worth paying attention to your kisser before you start piling on the product. Resveratrol in this pucker-primer fights free radicals and reduces wrinkles so your kisser stays healthy, while silica and argan oil get it ready for flake-free color.
Maybelline Superstay 14-Hour Lipstick
Summertime, and the living ain't easy! Between work and play and everything else, re-applying your lip color can be too much to remember. Go with an ultra-long-wear formula, and don't think about your pout again until after-dinner drinks.
BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Show Off
Summer's all about natural things, like the sun, surf, and sand. So, stick to this theme and invest in a super-shiny, barely-there gloss, like this one. Botanical extracts, oils, and antioxidants make sure your lips stay hydrated, healthy, and, duh, gorgeous.
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lip Color
Love the intensity of lipstick but hate the thick, coated feeling? These slender tubes manage to give you color like a traditional lippie, but in a lighter consistency that's easy to forget about when wearing. Plus, they're smart, too -- hyaluronic acid hydrates and bio-yeast extract increases collagen production.
$25 each; nordstrom.com
NYC City Duet 2-in-1 Lipstick in The Hot Pinks
When you're in vacation-mode, even picking out a single lipstick shade can be rough. Triple your options with a two-sided tube! Go with pink or raspberry, or mix the two for a combo that's all your own.
Dolce & Gabbana Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Diamond
This gloss looks like vivid violet in the tube, but shows up as just a tint when worn. Give the cool-based color a try if something about pinky colors feels unflattering to you -- this often works best for women with rosy, rather than yellow, complexions.
Wet 'N Wild Juicy Lip Balm
Even if you can't take three months off for summer break anymore (sigh), at least you can still mentally jump back into those carefree days via a fruity lip balm! Your mature, grownup self will also appreciate that this moisturizer packs anti-aging SPF protection, in addition to a sweet flavor!