Lip Oil Is The Unsung Hero Your Makeup Bag Needs Right Now

There are a few key pieces needed to crack the no-makeup makeup puzzle: a dewy base that covers imperfections yet still looks like skin, barely-there lashes that define but never clump, and, of course, the perfect whisper of color on your lips. The latter is, in our opinion, the hardest part of a fresh face to get right. While a hint of color on the lips is one of the easiest ways to brighten your entire complexion in just a few seconds, it's very easy to go too heavy or too light and miss the mark completely.

That's why the advent of lip oils have been so handy. A product that marries the best parts of a nourishing balm and a colorful gloss? Sign us up. In the past few years, lip oils have flooded our feeds and local makeup stores, so we've been able to try dozens of different variations. Some are tinted, some pack longer-lasting benefits, and some come with funky applicators and interactive packaging. Feast your eyes on the very best lip oils we've tried to-date, ahead.

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Chapstick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil


The brand's oft-name checked cherry-flavored balm is an untouchable beauty icon, but we're making room in our beauty bags for these slick lip oils, infused with vitamins C and E.
ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil, $4.99 Buy

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Oil


Already a fan of Burt's Bees' classic tinted lip balms? You'll love the brand's newest lip-care addition. These brush-on lip oils are infused with coconut and meadowfoam-seed oils to hydrate lips, and come in six subtle colors.
Burt's Bees 100 % Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Oil, $8.99 $7.70 Buy

Dior Lip Glow Oil


This cherry oil-packed formula has a sheer, rosy tint that deepens once it hits your lips, making it an easy option to swipe on without a mirror.
Dior Lip Glow Oil, $34.00 Buy

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil


This sheer gloss has super-fine shimmer suspended in the formula, which leaves a gorgeous sheen on the lips. We love wearing it solo or layering it over lipstick for a boost of moisture and shine.
Clarins Lip Comfort Oil, $26.00 Buy
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Kiehl's Love Oil For Lips Glow-Infusing Lip Treatment


It's impossible to overdo it with these tinted lip oils — they leave lips so soft and smooth, and they're dressier than a balm but not sticky like a gloss.
Kiehl's Since 1851 Love Oil For Lips Glow-Infusing Lip Treatment, $20.00 Buy

Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip + Cheek


Unlike some other lighter-weight oils, this is a longer-lasting stick-to-oil formula that won't slip right off the lips. We like wearing it solo or tapping it onto cheeks and lips for a monochromatic flush.
Milk Makeup Glow Oil Lip + Cheek, $15.00 Buy

Kosas Wet Lip Oil


This ultra-slick oil isn't just a decadent treatment for dry, cracked lips. It doubles as a high-shine gloss with a mirror-like finish.
Kosas Wet Lip Oil, $27.00 Buy

NYX #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil


Another longer-lasting option, this one hangs around thanks to its viscous texture. It won't give your lips a tint, but it does provide the prettiest glossy sheen.
NYX Professional Makeup #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil, $6.00 $3.00 Buy

Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil


Don't overlook Ulta's own line of makeup when perusing the store: The brand's lip oils impart a sheer layer of color while hydrating and plumping, thanks to a formula rich in vitamin E, jojoba oil, and oat-kernel oil.
Ulta Juice Infused Lip Oil, $9.00 Buy
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Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil


If the Donald Robertson-designed labels weren't a dead giveaway, Rodin's formula is truly as fancy as it gets. Choose from clear or four sheer tinted hues — even though we don't blame you for coveting all five.
Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil, $35.00 Buy

Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil


This hyaluronic acid-infused gloss has a decadent, cushion-y texture and comes in the most gorgeous hues, ranging from rosy-beige to terracotta.
Ilia Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil, $26.00 Buy
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