Makeup Essentials: Lips

This post is part of my makeup essentials series. Check out parts one, two and three for my essential face and eyes products. 

Pucker up, ladies! Today we are talking all about lips products. 
1. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish | 2. Too Faced Lip Insurance | 3. e.l.f. Lip Primer and Plumper | 4. Lipstick brands: Revlon, MAC and Rimmel
5. Maybelline Color Whisper | 6. Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm | 7. Lip liner brands: MAC and Rimmel

I have become quite the lips product junkie during the past few years. I was never one to experiment with or even like lipstick; now, I rarely leave the house without it! It can completely transform your look, whether your makeup is natural or glam.

I frequently have dry, chapped lips, so prepping and priming them for product is essential in my routine. The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is a gentle, but still effective, lip exfoliate that leaves my lips smooth. I swear by Too Faced’s Lip Insurance primer, but when I have budgetary constraints, the $3 e.l.f. lip primer and pumper does the trick just as well. Both products help to significantly lengthen the wear time of whatever lip product I’ve chosen for the day.

Since I use different lip products and colors almost every day, I couldn’t possibly narrow down my favorite lipstick shades. Instead, my go-to lipstick brands are Revlon, MAC and Rimmel. All these brands have a large selection of finishes and shades, so it is easy to experiment and find the right colors that complement your skin tone. I also am a big fan of the Maybelline Color Whisper lip balms and the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms. Both these products are highly pigmented but still yield a more natural, moisturizing effect on the lips.

I don’t always use lip liner, but when I want more defined lips (typically for a night out), MAC and Rimmel’s retractable lip liners are my favorites. I also like to use lip liner to fill in my lips before applying lipstick to help extend the wear.  

Next week, I’ll be sharing my essential beauty tools!

Tell me: What are your favorite lip products?

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  • I've always wondered about a lip primer! Maybe I'll look for the elf to see how I like it before splurging! And I definitely need a lip scrub- especially with how dry my lips have been all winter!

  • How have I never heard of a lip primer? I've been looking for a good liner so I'm going to check out one of these! I just got my first MAC lipstick a month ago and I'm obsessed!