Let’s be real: Winter dryness is no myth. And hydrating balms are a must-have in our makeup bags this time of year. But like any beauty guru knows, balms can be a lot more fun if they stray from their usual colorless form. Ahead, we rounded up the best tinted lip balms for every skin tone — suited to add not only a little more hydration, but a little color to your lips, as well.

Fair Skin Tones

L’Oréal Color Riche Balm Pop in Caring Coral

This poppy coral is a gorgeous complement to every fair skin tone, adding a little bit of warmth to any winter makeup look. It swipes on super smoothly and is extremely buildable if you want more of a pigmented pout.

YSL Volupté Tint In Balm in Dream Me Nude

If you’re in search of a more nude tinted balm to add to your collection, YSL Dream Me

Nude should be your next go-to. It’s super creamy, hydrating and can be dressed up or dressed down.


Medium Skin Tones

Maybelline Baby Lips in Quenched

For some subtle shine and neutral pink color, Quenched is the perfect hydrating balm to swipe onto your lips. Its glossy texture will add just the right amount of spark to your pout.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet

If you’re looking for a bolder balm, NYX Red Velvet gives the perfect red sheen (without an overload of pigmentation).


Tan Skin Tones

L’Oréal Color Riche Balm Pop in Tender Mauve

For a more purple-pink undertone, pop on L’Oréal Color Riche Balm in Tender Mauve. Super moisturizing and pigmented, this shade easily goes from your morning coffee run to a night out.

YSL Volupté Tint In Balm in Seduce Me Pink

Try this dark pink, glossy balm for an elevated editorial look. Not bold enough? Try pairing this with a complimentary soft pink eyeshadow for a monochromatic look.

Deep Skin Tones

Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss

Swipe on the Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss overtop for a satin peachy sheen. It contrasts deeper skin tones by warming up the skin and accentuates your natural glow.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lip Balm in Biscotti

Try this warm, caramel-toned lip balm in Biscotti. It’s a buttery balm that’s super versatile and can be matched with a dramatic wing or minimalist face.



About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.

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