Lipstick may seem like one of the most uncomplicated products in your makeup routine, but if you have dry lips, lipstick can sometimes make dry patches appear even more obvious. The key to soft, smooth lips when choosing a lipstick is hydration. When looking for a dry-lip-friendly lipstick, look for hydrating ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid, and grapeseed oil. Lipsticks with descriptions such as creamy, satin, or sheer are also often good for those with dry lips, though there are also formulas that will still give you a bolder lip too. Follow along as we round up the top five lipsticks that work flawlessly to hydrate and tint dry lips.
This bold lipstick is long-lasting, creamy, and super pigmented, but most importantly, it’s ultra-hydrating. It comes in two finishes – matte and satin – and eighteen different colors. This lipstick was revamped in the summer of 2019 to be 25% more pigmented and is totally opaque with only one swipe. The brand claims the satin finish lippies will last up to ten hours without a need to reapply and the matte will last up to eight. In both formulas, macadamia oils and sunflower seed wax provide added moisture so this lippie won’t cause red, flakey lips.
MAC has long been a well-loved brand when it comes to lipstick and this satin formula is no different. It’s ultra-creamy and won’t further dry out your already dry lips. While this formulation might not be as pigmented as some of MAC’s other (more drying) formulas, it offers gorgeous buildable coverage with 28 color options.
Kosas is a cruelty-free clean beauty brand with a hydrating full-coverage lipstick that’s perfect for dry, flakey lips. Eleven colors, from a pinky-nude to a moody wine tone means that you have options for every occasion! Mango seed, shea, and cocoa seed butters hydrate and heal while green tea seed, rosehip, and jojoba oils offer anti-aging, antioxidant, and moisturizing benefits. Plus all colors have a faint, natural sweet orange smell! Kosas Weightless Lipstick truly is a hybrid between a boldly pigmented lippie and a hydrating lip balm – perfect for those with dry lips.
This ultra-moisturizing lipstick by Kevin Aucoin offers full, bold coverage, with nineteen color options. Wild mango fruit butter provides long-lasting, weightless moisture and the formula is so pigmented that only a couple of swipes are required to achieve full coverage. Your lips will never feel heavy or dry with this lip color.
Don’t be fooled by the name, this lippie by ILIA finishes like a sheer lipstick with all of the hydrating benefits of a balm. All fifteen colors are buildable, made with 100% natural dye and 85% organic ingredients. They are cruelty and gluten-free, so if you’re looking for an every day, clean beauty product, ILIA is a great option. Cocoa butter hydrates and heals while olive fruit, sesame, and vitamin E antioxidant oils help regenerate lips. The brand is known for creating simple, research-based, and sustainable beauty products, making this a trustable daily wear.