The Best Tinted Lip Balms to Wear All Year Long
While beach waves and sun-kissed skin (SPF protected, of course) may be top of mind at the moment, proper lip care should be, too. You may have packed your heavy balms away with the rest of your winter gear, but it's important to remember that this extra-thin layer of skin can get very dry no matter what season you're in. "The lips are the thinnest skin on the body (and also a mucous membrane) and often the most forgotten when it comes to hydration," says Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad's Artistic Director. She also notes that lips can be particularly vulnerable during the summer months due to sun exposure and dehydration when traveling, so it's especially important to keep them well-hydrated and protected.
Even though you may not need the super rich hydrators like shea butter and heavy oils during the summer months, it's a good idea to regularly use lighter products with moisturizing properties, as these can help nourish lips that have been baking in the sun. If you lean more towards matte lip colors then you know that some can get cakey and dry as the day progresses, but these aren't the only products that experience these issues. No matter what the formula, if your lips underneath aren't properly exfoliated, or if the lipstick you're using doesn't have the right moisturizers, you may notice some cracking over time. Once you smooth things over, try lightening up with a sheer, hydrating lip tint. That doesn't mean you have to compromise on the vibrancy of the color. Bold and bright lip tints are forever trending—even in more sheer formulas—and in some cases they also provide the added benefits of sunscreen protection.
If you're ready to make the switch to a tinted lip balm, click through for some of our favorite products on the market right now.
The soft cushion applicator feels divine going on. But the best part of this stain-meets-balm is the silky formulation that's infused with coconut oil to prevent any dryness.
Revlon "Kiss Cushion" Lip Tint in Pink IRL, $10, ulta.com.
This is like the grown-up version of an old school mood ring, but for your lips. Swipe it on and, based on the pH of your skin, it'll transform into a pink shade that's unique to you. It also contains vitamin E- and vitamin A-rich carrot oil to rehydrate dry lips.
L'Occitane Fruity Perfecting Balm, $24, qvc.com.
Soybean oil and vitamin E help restore and prime dry lips if you're planning to top with a lipstick, but you can also wear these tints solo. The color is buildable so you can layer it for a deeper hue or stick with one swipe for something a bit more sheer. Either way, lips will be happy.
Glamsquad "Take a Tint" lip balm, $18, shop.glamsquad.com.
For the beauty minimalist who still wants a hint of color, this super hydrating balm conditions while adding a soft tone based on your body's chemistry.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Color Replenish Lip Balm, $32 saksfifthavenue.com.
The seven colors in this line summery and gorgeous, but what we really love about this tint is that it contains avocado oil to moisturize and antioxidant-rich acai and pomegranate to help protect against damaging free-radicals. Lips can wrinkle the same way that the rest of our skin does, so protection against the environment is essential.
Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm, $8.99, amazon.com.
Organic cupuaçu butter and mongongo oil give this tint a creamy texture, so it feels as good as the colors look on. There's also sunscreen in the formulation for an added layer of protection from the elements.
Coola "Mineral Liplux" Organic Tinted Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30, $18, ulta.com.
This lip stain delivers some serious color. But unlike other pigmented formulations that cause dryness, a combination of grape extract and shea butter keeps your pout from caking.
Seraphine Botanicals Long-Lasting Creamy Lip Stain in Cassis + Cream, $24, seraphinebotanicals.com.
If your lips have already gone off the dry end, the licorice root extract here is what you'll need. It's an anti-inflammatory, so it'll help soothe the itchiness and redness that can result from the cracking. The universal deep red color comes from the beetroot juice that's also infused in this balm.
Kora Organics "Noni" Lip Tint, $24, sephora.com.
Forget how good the lightweight formulation feels or how gorgeous the pigments look. When you need to feel like the best version of you, the empowering name of this lip stain alone will give you an ego boost.
L'Oréal Paris Makeup Rouge Signature Lasting Matte Lip Stain in I Rule, $10, amazon.com.
This all-natural, vegan lip tint is made with beetroot extract and can be applied to your lips and cheeks for an instant pick-me-up.
Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint in Fun, $25, freepeople.com.
When lips need some serious self-care, start by sloughing away dry, dead skin then replenish them with a CBD-infused balm that also has apricot, avocado, and sweet almond oils. You can use both daily.
Wink "Repair + Restore" Lip Scrub + Balm Duo, $48, wink-wink.com.
If you're one of those people who applies lipstick and then immediately blots, this is your new go-to. Generation G imparts that perfect, dreamy muted color.
Glossier "Generation G" in Crush, $18, glossier.com.
On a hot summer day, the peppermint oil in this balm will help cool down any burn. Also, the five shades in this line are more on the opaque side for those who prefer a bit more punch from their lip color.
Stila Color Balm Lipstick, $9.97, amazon.com.
The brand's Triple Gel Technology is a mix of high-pigment color and water which makes for a smooth, hydrated, and powerful, statement lip.
Shiseido "VisionAiry" Gel Lipstick in Pink Flash, $26, bloomingdales.com.
Here's a lip balm that does the most in the best way possible. It's packed with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and jojoba seed oil and can be used on lips, to flush cheeks, or even to create a sultry glossy eye.
Gabriel Cosmetics Multi Pot, $19.30, amazon.com.