Dry, chapped lips are an issue all year round. Even now, when the weather has warmed up and you’re thinking about using a bit of fake tan and booking in for a pedicure, I bet you’ve still got a lip balm in your handbag. There’s nothing worse than dry, cracked lips, especially when you’re trying to paint them with a bold, summery colour.
The age-old trick of using a toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips works well, but you need to follow up with a nourishing formula to retain the smoothness. A tin of Vaseline will go so far, but for serious hydration you need to upgrade your balm to an oil.
For those who don’t like face oils, it’s worth noting that the lip version doesn’t have the same greasy feel. Instead, the texture is thick and balmy without any of the stickiness of a traditional balm or gloss.
Clarins started the trend in 2015 when it released two limited-edition tinted oils. These were so successful that last year, the brand made them permanent. Now, Clarins has unveiled four more tinted shades, Candy, Tangerine, Mint and Honey Glam. Each is flavoured and Honey Glam even has a slight shimmer, courtesy of the flecks of gold, making it perfect for the beach this summer.
Clarins isn’t the only one championing oil formulas. Natural brand Yes To has a cooling coconut formula that comes in a handy tube, while Erborian’s new Rose Infusion Lip Oil is packed with Japanese camellia-seed oil, which soothes and smoothes, and comes in three lightly tinted shades.
It’s Lancôme’s new Matte Shakers that I’m most excited about, though. Sister to the brand’s Juicy Shakers, the new formula is still oil-based, but has a highly pigmented, matte finish. The colour is impressively long-lasting, yet it doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry like some matte lipsticks do. For me, these are a summer essential and they come in seven suitably punchy colours. Now it’s just a case of finding the right shade...
Best hybrid lip oil
The handy sponge applicator makes sure this oil is foolproof and mess-proof to apply.