As much as we love to rock a bold red lip during the winter, swiping full pigment onto creased, chapped, and flaky lips is never a good look. You need a smooth canvas to work on your art, which is why during the winter months we opt for tinted, moisturizing lip products. These seven flattering products keep flakiness at bay so you can line your lips with a fire engine red or a sultry magenta stick when a special occasion calls.
1. LUSH Lip Balm
Your lips are about to taste so good! LUSH lip balms provide a natural dewiness to parched lips and accentuate your natural lip color. The vegan formula smooths over flaky skin and smells good enough to eat. While we wouldn’t recommend licking away your moisturizer, we’ll admit it can be hard to resist with sweet-smelling flavors in Rose Lollipop and Key Lime Pie.
2. Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
From flattering Nude to look-at-me Poppy, Fresh products deliver hydration and beauty for every set of kissable lips out there. We love the addition of SPF—not only does this product revive our dry lips, but it also protects them against future damage as well. We’re on a lip-saving mission to collect all 13 shades!
For barely-there color with maximum moisturizing properties, keep a Hurraw! balm with you at all times. The pigments are created with natural and organic plant oils, making them 100-percent safe for subconscious lip-lickers. With flavors such as Black Cherry, Raspberry, and Hazelnut, we’re keeping one at home, one in our purse, and one in the car.
4. Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Balm
Don’t let the name fool you—this cosmetics brand is 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free. Choose from four colors of this perfectly tinted balm: Bubble (rose), Nug (nude), Cannatonic (pink), and Plushberry (berry). Build color with a few additional moisturizing swipes.
5. Tarte Quench Lip Rescue
When you’re afraid your scaly lips are past the point of no return, Tarte to the rescue! This gentle balm will caress and smooth the driest of lips while adding a pretty pop of sheer, dewy color. With eight exceptional shades from Coral to Cherry, you’re sure to find a color to suit your skin tone.
6. Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint
These take-anywhere tint sticks from Pacifica Beauty harness the moisturizing properties of avocado and coconut oil. With lip-smacking colors in Vanilla Hibiscus, Sugared Fig, Guava Berry, and more, we’d much rather swipe on this product instead of dipping our fingers into a greasy jar of coconut oil.
7. Sugar Venom Lip & Cheek Creme
This quarter-sized balm is easily stashed in the smallest of clutches making it perfect for parties and fuss-free touch-ups. The ingredients are certified organic, vegan, palm oil-free, and enriched with satisfying single-origin jojoba oil. Tints include the berry pink Crush, the nude Fling, and the bronze Heartbreaker. Bonus: this product doubles as a cheek stain.
Tanya Flink is a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.