Lip balm is one of those things that is a must-have in every beauty junkie’s makeup bag. It gets you through the dryest matte lippies and doubles as a gloss in a pinch. Whether you’ve already got your fave or you’re on the market for a new one, you need to stock up before colder months arrive.
We’ve rounded up the best lip balms out right now, perfect for every budget and style.
This lip balm has been around for ages, and for good reason — it’s hydrating, doesn’t smell weird and keeps your lips moisturized all day. If you like to use a little swipe of Vaseline on your dry days, this is a great replacement — its texture is a little thinner and feels more luxe on your lips.
This lip balm pairs perfectly with your favorite ultra-dry matte lipstick. The consistency is thick but melts into your lips once applied, making it the perfect base layer. Our tip? Wait until the product is fully absorbed into your lips, and then apply. It also has just a hint of shine and can be worn solo on days when you’re keeping it lowkey.
This product is a cult classic so you’ve most likely heard of it, tried it, or have it tucked away in your bag right now. It hits all of our lip balm boxes — conditioning, plays well with lipstick and isn’t super sticky. Even though it’s a lip balm, you can apply it anywhere you need a little more moisture.
FYI, you should be wearing sunscreen year round — your lips included.The skin on your lips is thin and prone to sun damage just as much as the rest of your body. This lip balm delivers moisture and sun protection without a greasy finish and at $8, it’s wallet friendly too. What’s not to love?
If you want to splurge a little on a lip balm, you should give this one by Moroccanoil a try. It’s moisturizing, has SPF and doesn’t feel sticky when applied. It’s been known to help with even the driest of lips and the squeeze applicator makes it easy to use on the go.
You’ve probably seen these little yellow tubes lining the aisles at your local Target or hanging out close to the register. If you’ve been hesitant to throw it in your cart at the end of a shopping trip, here’s some advice: Do it. The balm is refreshing, cooling and wildly moisturizing. If you’re a flavored lip balm girl, don’t fret — there are plenty of flavors to try.
If your usual Chapstick just isn’t doing its job anymore and you have a little money to spend, try the Lancôme lip balm. It leaves your lips lipstick ready and nourished — we think it’s totally worth it. The consistency is thick, but once you spread it, it becomes silky and melts into the lips.
This lip balm is moisturizing, has the perfect wash of color and is unlike any other lip balm you’ve ever tried. It feels just as luxe as everything YSL does and leaves your lips better than when you first put it on. It’s everything you could want in a tinted balm, and the packaging is the perfect instagrammable addition to your vanity.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.