Have you ever splurged on the most luxe lipstick only to be disappointed by how it wears on your lips? Think: patchy color, flaking, and an uneven finish. (The color might look a bit off, too!)
Before you toss it out, though, take stock of your current lip situation. When was the last time you gave your bare lips some TLC? If you’re guilty of neglecting your kissers—which are, technically, part of your skin—then you most certainly can’t expect even the best lipstick in the world to look 100% on you.
Lucky for us, lip maintenance isn’t as tricky as skin care. In fact, the secret to flaunting perfect-looking lips only takes as little as 10 seconds daily, and is pretty cheap, too: We’re talking about your basic lip balm.
Designed to moisturize, soften, and smoothen your puckers, lip balms help maintain and improve your lips’ health by preventing dryness, flaking, and even discoloration. They also act as a primer for your lipstick, allowing the smoother application of color with no bumps and cracks.
For optimum results, though, it’s best to exfoliate your lips at least once a week with a grainy scrub to slough off dead skin cells and product build-up, and allow your lip balm to penetrate better.
Check out our lip-caring picks here!
Bell HYPOallergenic Regeneration Lip Balm
If you’re suffering from chapped, cracked, or irritated lips, here’s your quick fix. The hypoallergenic formula is infused with soothing aloe vera to aid in healing, and also features UVB filters to protect lips from harmful radiation. Plus: It leaves a delicate sheen that looks good on its own or topped with a lippie.
Pinkduck Natural Lip Protector
Keep flaking and dryness at bay with this natural protector that nourishes and protects lips with a clear moisturizing formula.
Shop now: Pinkduck Natural Lip Protector, P159
Deoproce Tinted Lip Balm
This two-in-one lip formula from Korean brand Deoproce softens lips instantly while also leaving a sheer, natural-looking tint. Perfect for that no-makeup makeup look!
Shop now: Deoproce Tinted Lip Balm, P290
BYS Lip Colour Balms
If you have no time to add another product to your routine (even if it’s just 10 seconds!), you can opt for a lip color with a balm formula. This nourishing lippie is the perfect mixture of pigment and moisture—it goes on silkily and delivers a smooth, hydrating wash of color. You can choose from a bevy of shades, too!
Shop now: BYS Lip Colour Balms, P349
BYS Lip Bubble Balm
This super cute, dome-shaped bubble balm is ultra handy and perfect for travel! The pampering formula coats lips with a smooth satin finish, and is deliciously scented, too—you’ll want to re-apply again and again.
Shop now: BYS Lip Bubble Balm (Loose), P249
NYX Professional #thisiseverything Makeup Lip Balm
Love tin can treats? This adorably sized balm, perfect for your purse, has a non-greasy formula that glides easily and gives off a delish vanilla-cherry blossom fragrance.
NYX Professional Makeup Sugar Trip Lip Treats Set
This set is every lip lover’s ultimate indulgence: It contains a lip scrub, a lip balm, and a lip oil to give you the smoothest, healthiest kissers ever.
POP Studio Matte Lipstick & Lip Balm
Matte lipstick lovers, this one’s for you. POP Studio’s popular matte lippie comes with its own tiny tub of moisturizing lip balm—one that’s infused with shea butter—to keep lips soft and kissable even when it’s drenched with matte color all day long.
This way to your most perfect pout
Once you’ve restored your lips’ natural softness and sheen, feel free to indulge in all the lip colors that you want—guiltlessly, too! We’ve rounded up the hottest lippies you can shop at Amorfia right now.
ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipstick
This thin, lightweight formula smoothly glides on the lips leaving intense pigment with a bold, ultra-matte look. The best part? It’s very long-wearing and 100% kiss-proof.
Shop now: ColourPop Ultra Matte Lipstick, P475
BYS Luxe Lips Ultra Matte Lipstick
The newest formula from BYS delivers a modern matte finish that’s never drying, and doesn’t flake, fade, or feather after application.
Shop now: BYS Luxe Lips Ultra Matte Lipstick, P399
Pinkduck Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick
Pucker up with the trendy shades of this affordable liquid lippie that has impressive staying power and boasts of a cruelty-free formula.
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro Lipstick
Loved by makeup artists, this lippie provides intense coverage while being ultra comfortable on lips. The formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick
Co-created with supermodel Kate Moss, this drugstore lippie lets you enjoy maximum color intensity for eight hours. Bonus: It’s formulated with Black diamonds to reflect light and give standout shine.
Shop more lip balms and lipsticks here.