Every Cool Girl Has a Lip Oil—These Are the Best Ones

While I love a statement lipstick shade, there is a certain amount of beauty admin that comes with maintaining a bright-red lip. (I'm that girl with the lipstick on her teeth always.) Lipstick usually parches my lips, so I'm always on the lookout for hydrating formulas that won't dry them out. As someone who is never more than two feet away from her lip balm, I sometimes yearn for something a bit more luxe to apply but that won't dry out my lips. Enter lip oils.



With the hydration of a lip balm and the shine of a gloss, a lip oil is the perfect hybrid for achieving a glossy look without the stickiness or upkeep of a lipstick. Whether you want a tint of colour or a clear oil to add shine to your natural lip colour, so many great lip oils have been cropping up of late. Here are some of the best ones to try.

The Best Lip Oils



With the colour of a lip balm and the shine of a gloss, this really nourishes lips while offering a subtle wash of colour. This comes in five shades, from sheer pink to bright coral, and you'll feel so chic pulling this out of your handbag.

With a non-sticky formula and eight shades to choose from, this is a favourite among many. We have our eyes on this jammy plum hue for summer.

Prefer a clear lip oil? This non-tinted formula is packed with nourishing ingredients to keep lips soft.

If you want a more opaque formula in your lip oil, Westman Atelier's delivers. With six shades from muted pink to burgundy and fuchsia, there's a colour for everyone.

Hourglass's Icon lip oil is a true blue-toned red, which makes teeth look brighter. Note the 24-karat-gold applicator that makes applying this so luxurious.

If your lips are in dire need of hydration, this tinted oil will rescue chapped lips. As the name aptly suggests, it's like a retreat for compromised lips, helping to hydrate while giving a sheer beige wash of colour.

This silky formula comes in three shades, but Fig is the perfect muted berry hue. This glides over lips to condition any dry patches.

Want a lip oil with shimmer? Nars's Laguna lip oil has just the right amount of bronze shimmer that glows as it hydrates.

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