This spring is truly shaping up to be the season of lazy girl beauty. Not only are zero-effort hairstyles with a wash-and-go look to them currently considered the ultimate way to wear your strands, but now the latest lip trend is also taking the less-is-more approach to the next level. It’s too easy to resist, even for your favorite celebs.
The trendspotters at Byrdie are calling it “a stripped-down, subtler, more natural-looking version of the classic nude lip.” But really, it’s much simpler than that sounds: just your natural lip color enhanced by a swipe of gloss or balm. And better yet, a lip look that actually requires no makeup skills: no lining, filling or undertone matching required.
Obviously, wearing lip balm is nothing new — applying the nourishing salve to our kisser is a beauty essential, and one we’ve been doing since we were old enough to carry Lip Smackers in a puppy-shaped purse. But what’s cool about it trending now — see Taylor Swift’s iHeartRadio lips and Mary Kate + Ashley Olsen’s pouts, like, forever — is that it’s breaking the convention that a done-up look is the standard (even for formal events, so consider this your budget-friendly way to wow at all the weddings you have to attend this spring). And, much like the no-makeup makeup trend before it, it’s placing a greater emphasis on skin care and embracing your own unique features, which we can totally get behind. So, since you already know how to get the on-in-seconds lip look, we thought we’d share four of our favorite balms we always keep on hand. Scroll through to see our next-level nude lip essentials.
Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12): I literally just put this hydrating potion on my lips. I love it as an any-day, any-time remedy because it’s dense enough to feel like it’s really getting the job done and leaves a really pretty, long-lasting shine. Don’t just keep it all for your pout: since it’s scent-free, you won’t have any reservations rubbing this stuff onto other rough patches on your bod. Multi-tasker FTW.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve ($6): This might have been the first non-Dr. Pepper balm I ever bought, and it has stayed at my desk from grade school through now. It’s a cult fave for a reason: it’s compact, soothing and has the most swoon-worthy understated shine (+ smell that takes me wayyy back to doodling in my Chandler).
DATE NIGHT BALM
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26): One word: luxury. Formulated with rich organic agave nectar and jojoba oil, this stuff is seriously like slippers for your lips. Besides using it every night before bed, this is my go-to balm for giving my lips an instant velvety texture and a super sexy shine. You can also pick it up in two flirty tints too: a deep red wine and a light pink champagne, both of which are on my want list for spring.
HEAVY DUTY BALM
Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($25): Another cult favorite, this heavy-duty yet super lightweight lip repair primps and plumps your lips in one breezy, moisturizing swipe. It leave pillow-soft results, and the silky shine (and sugary sweet scent, natch) is to die for.
What’s your go-to lip balm or gloss? Tell us your favorite lazy girl beauty secrets in the comments below.
(h/t Byrdie; Photos via Frazer Harrison/Stephen Lovekin/Getty)