Your eyes are as bright as the sun itself, your skin as soft as a baby’s bottom, and your lips are as…dry as the desert sand? Wait a minute. One of these things is not like the other! If you want to keep those compliments coming, you’ll have to take care of your kisser! Not that you look out for your lips for the flattery alone, but when you’re no longer the only one noticing you’re not-so-soft lips, maybe it’s time to do something about it.
If you suffer from dry lips and licking them is your only moisturizer, then that’s clearly not cutting it. In fact, you’re probably making it worse. While it’s important to consume plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your skin and lips soft, you also need to avoid shortcuts like licking your lips. If you actually take a little time to pay attention to moisturizing that mouth of yours, we guarantee you that you’ll be happy you did.
There are many steps along the road that can take you from desert-dry to luscious lips. As noted above, drinking liquids leads to better hydration for overall health and directly affects your skin. Give yourself reminders or rewards if you need a little help getting enough water each day. Exfoliation is an often overlooked step in lip care that you definitely don’t want to count out. Using a nice lip scrub once a week can really clear away that dead skin and accelerate the skin’s regeneration process. Make sure you don’t overdo it, though, and be sure to follow it up with a soothing balm, sealing in moisture and protecting the skin’s outer layer. For your everyday lip wear, you may want something with a little more color or shine. That’s when you can turn to this year’s super handy dandy list of the best lip glosses for dry lips.
1. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss
This gloss makes a great first impression with its luxurious looking silver-topped container, and lives up to expectations that one has of the brand. It spreads on creamy and smooth, offering an instant plumping effect as a bonus. It seems to soften the lips with continual wear. Try a color like Rosewood or Berry on its own, or use Light Pink to create a nude effect or to provide extra shine over your lipstick. This plumping gloss also has a couple of fun shimmery shades like Holo Pink (a fun pink coral holographic) if you want to go for a more playful pout. It puts a little more pressure on the purse strings, so if you feel like splurging, this might be the one to try.
2. Viviane Woodard Luxury Lip Gloss
Another great gloss we love is the Luxury Lip Gloss by Viviane Woodard. The natural soy bean and castor seed oils act to condition and soften skin, while the vitamin E heals and hydrates. It somehow manages to magically smooth the lines in your lips (more than likely that smoothing effect can be attributed to the polymer technology that Viviane Woodard employs, but it feels like magic!). They’ve perfected a beautiful berry color with their Newberry hue, as well as the prettiest of pinks in Pale Petal. Or, as a third option, you can get your glitter on with Skinny Dip, a golden shimmer that goes with everything. Since this luxury lip gloss comes at a surprisingly appealing price and doesn’t compromise on quality, you should probably get all three. Since it contains no fillers, you just get all the good stuff and it goes a long, long way. Muah!
3. pH Matchmaker pHPowered Lip Gloss
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but to be honest, part of the reason we like this gloss is for the perks of its packaging. There’s a little button you push to turn on a light and a mirror on the side so you can apply any time when you’re out and about. It glides on smooth and seems to moisturize your lips for hours. The best thing about it is that it has ingredients that enable it to adjust to the perfect color for you by sensing the pH level of your skin. As if we needed another reminder about the wonders of science, we have this gloss that just seems to get you – hue knew? Pun intended!
4. Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer by Fenty
The shiny finish of this gloss looks lovely while giving the lips some much needed TLC. The shea butter, along with other minerals and emollients, nourishes the lips. And there’s the added bonus of it smelling almost good enough to eat. A delectable vanilla-peach scent will keep you pushing out that pout and sniffing in. The only downside to this gloss is that you may get Rihanna’s latest tune stuck on the tip of your tongue once you realize Fenty Beauty products are the pop singer’s creation. She sure knows how to make hits, and this Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer is no different. It comes in six shades, ranging from a clear option called “glass slipper” all the way to the rich dark shimmery brown otherwise known as “hot chocolit.”
5. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Gloss
Ah, the ubiquitous Burt’s Bees will likely find its way to just about any lip-related list. You’ve probably got one on your desk, one in your purse, and – sadly – one that’s half melted in the dryer because someone forgot to empty their pockets. While you may have tried their balms or sticks before, this gloss goes beyond the ability to moisturize and adds that extra wow. There are 12 glittery go-to colors to choose from, like the bright rosy red “Evening Glow” or a neutral nude named “Autumn Haze.” Every gloss contains that signature softening sunflower oil and beeswax to lock in the moisture. It smoothes on evenly in one swipe, and is an affordable option that is great on the go.
6. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
This paraben-free formula has a high-gloss coat that moisturizes on contact. It also protects the lips with antioxidants. The shade is somewhat sheer, so you have to apply an extra layer if you want more color. The good thing is if it goes outside the lip line a little bit, no one is the wiser. It comes in a convenient squeeze tube and isn’t sticky or tacky like some other tube glosses. Of course, on a windy day, we can’t promise a few hairs or twenty won’t make their way to your mouth and set up camp. Sometimes there’s nothing to be done about that, so just check for wind or wear a ponytail. The gloss is worth the cost.
7. Lip Mate High-Shine Reviving Topper
You can’t go wrong with any of the four subtle shades of this gloss by Thrive Cosmetics. Each has a shimmer that smooths on to enhance your lips natural color. Like #2 on our list, this one is another formula that uses natural oils to hydrate and nourish your lips. The diamond doe-foot applicator helps with consistent and even application, and even enables you to line your lips with precision using the point. You can feel extra good about yourself when you purchase from Thrive, because every time you buy, they donate a portion to a worthy cause. And that’s beautiful.
8. NARS Lip Gloss
Though there are so many shades of gloss for a boss babe like yourself, we really, really love the Eternal Red when it comes to NARS. It’s a bright orange-red that will make you want to strike a pose on an 80s pop-art poster with a cherry in your mouth. Or maybe not, but don’t say we didn’t warn you if it does. If you’re not feeling like a video vixen, don’t worry, there are several lighter or neutral colors. Whichever hue you choose, the pigment is on point, and provides a deep color that lasts for quite a while. When it does fade, it seems to do so evenly, and all you have to do is reapply right on top of the last layer and, voilà! Problem solved!
9. Glossier Lip Gloss
It’s right there in the name – this gloss is glossier and gives a glassier shine than many others you might find on the shelves. We’ve all seen the ads with the flawless faces and brows for days, but they also have lip care options that are worth looking into. Their formula includes both Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil, which helps to moisturize that mouth of yours. They offer three shades so you’re not overwhelmed with too many options. All you need to do is decide if you want a crystal clear finish, an opalescent sheen, or a tint of red, and then go ahead and get back to solving all the world’s problems like you do every other day. Thank you, by the way! Your work is appreciated even if your boss, or kids, or partner don’t tell you enough. You are enough. Go get ‘em, tiger! Okay, pep talk over. Let’s move on to our next gloss on the list.
10. L’Absolu Lacquer by Lancôme
We oh là là love this lip lacquer which is a fancier French way to say lip gloss. Okay, not really, but we can all agree that everything sounds fancier when spoken with a French accent, non? This lacquer has a lightweight texture that doesn’t feel too heavy or too thick. As with several of these gloss options, you can layer it on to increase the coverage and intensity of color. The glycerin gives you that feeling of hydration, which can last for hours. And as luck would have it, there’s every shade in the rainbow from which to choose. You really can’t lose! Now give yourself un bisou.
11. Butter Gloss by NYX Professional Makeup
Butter Gloss is an affordable fan favorite not just because of its price, though that is one reason to love it. Of course, you should keep in mind that it comes in a .27 fl. oz. container, so it’s a little smaller than the average gloss. It moisturizes and softens lips and leaves you feeling pretty in Praline, or Vanilla Cream Pie, or Strawberry Cheesecake, or Ginger Snap, or now that we’ve all worked up an appetite, suffice it to say they have a long list of luscious sounding colors that smell nice as an added bonus. Actually, just one more thing to mention about the colors. This gloss even comes in a periwinkle color called Blueberry Tart, so if blue is your hue, or you just have something for Smurfs, NYX has your back.
We’ve come a long way since the days when our mothers smeared petroleum jelly over our mouths at night when we had dry or chapped lips. That’s not to say that we don’t appreciate you, moms. We definitely do, and darn it if we don’t still need you! The point is, we are no longer limited to medicated balms or oils, or having to forego lipstick because of cracks or dryness. There are so many great options now to heal and nourish our lips that also have a pop of color and a serious amount of shine. We can get back out there wearing a great big glossy smile. We can look and feel like a million dollars, without having to spend that much.
At the risk of sounding so last year for this 2021 lip gloss list, we thought we’d leave you with an ASMR video featuring lip gloss if only because it captures the weirdness of our world and maybe an earnest attempt to escape from all the noise…a way to get back to our basic senses and away from a society where our systems are overloaded. That’s one theory, anyhow, or maybe it’s just a whole lot of people with an overabundance of time on their hands. Love it or hate it or wondering what the heck IS it…check out the video of this YouTuber opening, applying, and softly smacking her glossy lips.
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