20 Years Later, the Road Trip Style in Crossroads Holds Up
In 2002’s Crossroads, three childhood friends Lucy (Britney Spears), Kit (Zoe Saldana), and Mimi (Taryn Manning) reunite for a cross-country road trip. They don’t really have a plan, and certainly don’t have a lot of money, but they do have a sense of adventure. The film follows the cliché that life is about the journey, not the destination—though, spoiler alert: Lucy ends up destined for pop superstardom. In the case of Lucy, Kit, and Mimi, though, it’s just as much about the outfits they wore along the way. Their road trip style still surprisingly holds up over 20 years after its release. I mean, you’ve got Britney Jean Spears, slip dresses, and denim cut-off skirts—what’s not to love?
Costume designer Wendy Schecte gave each of the three main characters their own sense of style. Lucy, the girl-next-door, has a sweet, all-American vibe (not unlike Spears’s own throughout the early-aughts). She’ll wear a vintage-looking Southern Jaguars football tee, or cutesy bucket hats paired with a classic denim jacket. Kit, meanwhile, is more feminine and plays with tube tops and slinky tanks. Mimi is decidedly spunkier with her rock band tees and bandana headscarves.
The 14 best tinted lip balms to enhance your natural glow
Whether you fall into the no-makeup makeup camp or are just feeling lazy, a wash of tinted lip balm yields a multitude of benefits. A flattering dose of colour will add a natural glow to the face, while supercharged ingredients such as coconut butter and hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water) will leave lips softer, smoother, and more supple. Better yet, you can repurpose your choice balm with a swirl on the apples for a flushed cheek. A hero product that’s practical for every kind of beauty lover, here are the 14 tinted lip balms you’ll want to keep in rotation.
Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm
Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm
Charlotte Tilbury’s new Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick Balm comes in a sultry range of come-hither hues and is formulated with hyaluronic acid and C-peptide for a fuller-looking pout.
Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Balm
TikTok’s Hyaluronic Acid Hack Gave Me Glowing Skin Fast
According to TikTok’s skincare enthusiasts, if you use a hyaluronic acid serum in your routine, there’s a good chance you’re applying it all wrong. In a video which has amassed 170.2k pairs of eyes, influencer @rocio.roses let her followers in on the best way to apply hyaluronic acid serums to get rid of a parched face — and it’s not on dry skin. “Alright, I’m going to help every single baddie on this app with dry skin,” said Rocio. “If you have dry, flaky, dehydrated skin, you have to, have to, have to use hyaluronic acid. If you have, and it did not work, you probably used it wrong.” Rocio goes on to explain: “You have to put moisture back into your face, whether it’s water or a facial spray like this one,” pointing to Heritage Store Rosewater with Glycerin, £9.99 . Rocio spritzes her face and asks: “Why do we do this? Because hyaluronic acid holds 1000x its weight in water. It is a humectant, so it will hold the water molecules on the surface of your face to keep you nice and plump, hydrated and dewy.” In other words, hyaluronic acid needs moisture to work — and it isn’t just TikTokers who agree.
The 20 Best Lipsticks That Look and Feel Amazing, According to Experts
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Lipstick is transcendentally powerful. It has inspired women like Coco Chanel to declare, “If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” Wearing a bold lip can impart the wearer with a feeling of power, and science can back that up, too. Studies have found a possible link between cosmetics, especially lipstick, and self-confidence, claiming that it can increase both assertiveness and the mood of the wearer. So, if you need a quick pick-me-up, perhaps try swiping on a tube of your favorite lipstick, even if you’re just Zooming from home.
Lipstick trends and innovations for 2022
“With mask-on policy still a part of most of our day, eyes have taken center stage with high wattage shimmer,” says Chanel makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown. But that doesn’t mean lips are staying out of the fun (in fact, data shows lipsticks still have a place in our beauty arsenal, particularly as more people get vaccinated and don’t need to wear masks in certain outdoor public settings, according to CDC guidelines). “I’m very excited about the new all-in-one light reflecting high- shine bold pigment lip textures,” Brown continues. “I love that lips are continuing that energy with maximum pigment and shine.” She recommends swiping on Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in Dream, which has been her go-to this year for a dose of subtle color and shine.
“We’ll see more color formulas across foundation, eye makeup, blush, lips and even nails to incorporate treatment ingredients as consumers want to treat their skin 24/7,” says Krupa Koestline, founder of KKT Consultants and a clean cosmetic chemist. Following this theme, some lipsticks now include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, black rose oil and jojoba seed oil to help heal lips while also supplying a burst of color.
When it comes to trending colors in lipsticks in 2022, everything’s coming up shimmering. “I love the return to shimmer on the lips,” says makeup artist Sabrina Rinaldi. “It’s reminiscent of the early 2000’s high-shine lip glosses, but I love our modern take on the re-emerging trend.” She suggests swiping on Byredo Amber in Furs lipstick for an everyday subtle and elegant shimmer that’s a tad more wearable than the early aughts glitter iterations.
What to consider to find your perfect lipstick
There are entire books devoted to discovering your perfect shade of lipstick, but you don’t have to spend hours Googling “What lipstick color should I wear?” to find answers. “Finding your perfect lip color is such a personal journey,” Brown says. “You’ll know it’s your color when after it’s applied, your face feels like home.” It’ll take a lot of trial and error to find the shades that make your skin pop and glow. “Expect to find many perfect lip colors over and over again with each new version of yourself,” Brown says.
In general, working off your skin tone is the safest way to go, Rinaldi advises. If you have warm-toned skin (often with golden, peachy and yellow undertones), then warm-hued lipsticks like peachy and rosy pink shades as well as orange-toned reds will most likely be flattering. For those with a cooler undertones (think blue, red or pink tones), look for cool lipstick colors like plum, cherry, crimson and mauve. And when it comes to choosing the best nude lipstick, look at your lips first. “When searching for the perfect nude lip, try and find a shade that’s similar to your own lip color,” Rinaldi says. “You can go lighter, but not more than a shade or two at most or you risk your lips washing you out.”
These aren’t rules to live by though, just simply general guidelines. In fact, French makeup artist Violette believes these rules were meant to be broken. “I heard so many times if you have redness, you can’t wear strong red lipsticks, but I don’t believe that’s true.” She suggests using virtual try-on features or heading into your local store to (safely) try on lipsticks in order to find your perfect match.
How to make your lipstick last
Having long-lasting lipstick is extra important lately, as we’re all relying on longevity when lips are under face masks. There are formulas specifically designed for such a job, which are typically liquid formulas like Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink or Chanel’s Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue that are designed to last through meals, masks and any task for up to 16 hours.
If you prefer a more standard lipstick formula, though, there are tips and tricks to make your creamy, hydrating lipstick much more long-lasting. For example, try using a lip liner in a similar shade to your lipstick to line and fill in lips completely. Then, apply the lipstick. Violette likes to put the pointed tip of the lipstick in front of your lips so you can get a better look at the application. After swiping on the lipstick, blot with a tissue, then reapply. You can blot and reapply a few more times for extra wear, too. For more staying power, matte formulas naturally have a more velvety opaque coverage that can last longer than other finishes.
To help shorten your search for the perfect lipstick, here are the 20 best lipsticks on the market right now, from red and pink to nude to deep plum (and every color in between).
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries
Best Drugstore Lipstick
Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries and Fire and Ice are two lip colors that have stood the test of time (according to the brand’s website, both shades are so popular, one of each is sold every four minutes across the U.S.). Available in over 50 shades and five finishes — including matte, crème, pearl, sheer and gloss — the lipstick offers high color payoff and wears comfortably, thanks to Vitamin E and avocado oil.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Cherries in the Snow $4 Buy Now
Violette FR Petal Bouche Matte Liquid Lipstick
Best Liquid Lipstick
French makeup artist Violette knows a thing or two about lipsticks, having served as Dior Beauty’s international makeup designer, Estée Lauder global beauty director and the current creative director of makeup at Guerlain. On top of all that, the Brooklyn-based artist created her eponymous makeup line in 2021, which includes this instant-classic liquid lipstick. The velvety formula is unlike any on the market right now, as it feels soft and comfortable on, is deeply pigmented and impressively long-wearing. Violette classifies the matte lipstick as “iconically French” and says she’s been perfecting the deep red rose shade of Petal Bouche for nearly two years.
Violette FR Petal Bouche Matte Liquid $25 Buy Now
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk
Best Nude Lipstick
When you think of Charlotte Tilbury, you probably think of her signature nude-pink lip shade Pillow Talk. In fact, according to the brand’s website, one Matte Revolution Pillow Talk lipstick is sold every two minutes. Launched to give all women what Tilbury calls “the most beautiful lips of your life,” the moisturizing formula smooths and shapes the pout for the appearance of softer, fuller and smoother lips. Available in two shades, Pillow Talk Original and Pillow Talk Medium, the formula features hyaluronic acid to keep lips hydrated, emollient oils to condition and Tilbury’s proprietary Magic Diamond Powder for a refractive, wet-look finish.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk $34 Buy Now
Mac Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo
Best Red Lipstick
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the leader of cult-status lipsticks, MAC, and its iconic Ruby Woo hue. The all-time bestselling lipstick features an intense, opaque color and a completely matte finish. It’s so popular, that Mac sells four Ruby Woo lipsticks per minute worldwide, according to its website. The iconic red shade was created in 1999 after an artist tweaked the tone of the brand’s Russian red formula to make it more universally flattering. (For another amazing red Mac lipstick, try the classic rouge hue from the brand’s Viva Glam line, sales of which have helped raise over $500 million to help people affected by HIV and AIDS since 1994.)
Mac Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo $19 Buy Now
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Best Long-Lasting Lipstick
Verena von Pfetten has ignited a growing cohort of Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink fans (“I have yet to recommend the product to someone who didn’t immediately become a convert,” she says). The Gossamer magazine co-founder has posted a series of photos and videos to Instagram of her wearing the matte lipstick stain, which appears to remain perfectly intact through numerous meals eaten, a day spent at the beach and even a hot yoga class. “I feel like I have spent the better part of my makeup-wearing life searching for the holy grail red lipstick combo of color and formulation,” she says. “I’ve bought and tried dozens — I honestly would be too scared to actually try and count — especially ones promoted as matte, long-wear formulas. And nothing, and I mean nothing, has the staying power and intensity of color of Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink.”
As a rule of thumb, it’s good to ensure you apply the lipstick carefully, since once it’s on it’s likely not budging. Von Pfetten uses the lipstick application method that Violette has perfected for long-wear and liquid lipsticks: Applying the formula to the bottom lip first, creating an “X” pattern on your cupid’s bow (aka the top curvature of your lips) and then filling in the rest of your lips from there.
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink $9 $7 Buy Now
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick
Best Matte Lipstick
Leave it to legend Pat McGrath to create a lipstick so richly pigmented that it saturates lips in deep opaque color in just a single swipe. The oil-infused powder matte formula was designed to create a romantic, soft-focus effect, while feeling perfectly comfortable, lightweight and creamy. The lipstick comes in 36 shades to choose from, with bestsellers being Elson (a fiery orange-red), Omi (a mauvey rose) and Divine Rose (a nude pink).
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick $38 Buy Now
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
Best Liquid Red Lipstick
This universal and rich red was hand-picked by Rihanna herself, and obsessively tested to ensure it looks incredible on everyone. Fenty Beauty’s soft matte pigment has 12 hours of hold, drying down to a weightless stain. “I wanted a lipstick that wouldn’t budge, even as you eat, even as you make out,” Rihanna said in a press release.
Fenty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored $26 Buy Now
Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick
Best Timeless Lipstick
Rouge Dior shades remain just as classic as the original versions Monsieur Dior created over 60 years ago, but are now scientifically formulated to offer the ultimate balance of pigment and skin-friendly lip-care ingredients (not to mention come in eco-friendly packaging).
Two of the most popular shades are number 999, a classic crimson red that derives its triple 9s from the first two lipsticks launched by Dior — the 9 and 99 — and 100 Nude. 100 is a reinterpretation of the “greige” tone, a color created by Dior as the perfect blend of gray and beige for his 1947 “New Look” collection.
Dior Rouge Dior $38 Buy Now
Nars Iconic Lipstick
Revolutionary artist Francois Nars has updated the formulas of Nars’ Iconic lipsticks to have more conditioning, lip-healing properties — but the shades are still just as bold and vibrant as ever. The lipsticks now feature a blend of moringa and passion fruit seed oils for an impossibly silky, lightweight and hydrating feel. Bestselling hues include Gipsy, a sheer berry finish, and Dolce Vita, a universally-flattering sheer dusty rose color.
Nars Iconic Lipstick $26 Buy Now
Guerlain Rouge G Refillable Lipstick
Best Customizable Lipstick
If you’re more of a “choose your own adventure” type of person, this Guerlain customizable and refillable lipstick is precisely for you. Select from among 45 shades in three finishes, then pick your lipstick case (sold separately) from a vast array of fashionable styles (which are constantly being updated with new limited-edition options).
“Guerlain is really amazing, and I know I can sound biased because I work with them but I swear they have my favorite lipstick in a bullet formula,” Violette says. “Rouge G is the best matte lipstick in a bullet on the market to me, as the payoff is perfect and it’s so comfortable.”
Guerlain Rouge G Refillable Lipstick $34 Buy Now
Westman Atelier Lip Suede Lipstick Palette
Best Lipstick Palette
What’s better than one lipstick color? Endless lipstick color combinations, courtesy of Westman Atelier’s matte suede lipstick compact featuring four red-adjacent hues that can be all blended for custom creations. The vegan formulas are not only richly-pigmented, but also feature hydrating skincare ingredients that heal and smooth lips, including cold-pressed cherry oil (rich in Vitamin A and E), marula oil and collagen-boosting peptides. And with all things Westman Atelier, this formula is one of the cleanest on the market, free of silicones, parabens and phthalates.
Westman Atelier Lip Suede $85 Buy Now
Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick
Also Consider Nude Lipstick
Well-known as Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic has stepped into the limelight with the launch of his own makeup line, Makeup by Mario. Dedivanovic has already created a handful of best-selling products, and his super-comfortable, soft-focus lipsticks are some of his most popular. The matte, suede-like lipsticks feature duo seed oil, which allows the formula to glide on impossibly easily and moisturize lips. Choose from 20 shades, specifically designed to flatter all skin tones.
Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipstick $24 Buy Now
Gucci Beauty Rouge de Beauté Brillant Glow & Care Shine Lipstick
Best Hydrating Lipstick
Since debuting last April, Gucci’s deeply hydrating lipstick has quickly become beloved in beauty circles. It delivers an unheard of 24 hours of moisture, similar to your favorite lip balm, but gives lipstick-level pigment and shine. It’s all thanks to the Rouge De Beauté Brillant formula, which has a combination of hyaluronic acid, black rose oil, jojoba seed oil and shea butter to deliver deep hydration while plumping and smoothing lips.
Since the lipstick comes in a 18 vibrant red, pink, coral, plum and nude tones, it can be hard to nail down your choice. But when it doubt, go with the bestselling shades: 204 Peggy Taupe for a taupe rosewood color (which is also one of the bestselling hues across the entire Gucci Beauty lipstick range), 214 Call It A Day for a brown-toned nude and 112 Sally Soft Honey for a dreamy rose nude.
Plus, the packaging is one-of-a-kind, inspired by Alessandro Michele’s unique collectibles. Complete with a distinct brooch-like pattern, this lipstick case pays homage to his affinity for vintage jewelry.
Gucci Beauty Rouge de Beauté Brillant Glow & Care Shine Lipstick $42 Buy Now
Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick
Also Consider Red Lipstick
For famed makeup artist Daniel Martin, this universal red shade by Tatcha is the tube he always grabs. “I’ve been on a whirlwind press tour with Maggie Gyllenhaal for her movie ‘The Lost Daughter’ all of December, and for most of her TV appearances and red carpet, Tatcha’s Kyoto Red is perfect to dress up a fresh face for a no-makeup makeup look,” he says. The feather-light lipstick is formulated with silk extract and a handful of botanical extracts for a super-hydrating experience, too.
Tatcha Kyoto Red Silk Lipstick $55 Buy Now
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick
Best Satin-Finish Lipstick
Make Up For Ever has been making diverse, professional-grade products for nearly four decades, and this Rouge Artist lipstick is a fabulous example of the brand’s dedication to artistry and creativity. The ultra-pigmented, satin-finish lipstick has been lab-tested to deliver 24 hours of hydration, and the formula applies with the intensity of a matte but with the glide and comfort of a cream to instantly smooth and hydrate. And the packaging is particularly ingenious — remove the cap and attach it to the bottom of the tube for an ultra-precise effect that mimics that of a lip brush. The bestselling shades are all natural nudes, including 100 (a pale beige), 172 (a deep cool-toned rose) and 150 (pale pink).
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipstick $23 Buy Now
YSL Beauty Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm in 44 Nude Lavalliere
Also Consider Hydrating Lipstick
Made with an impressive 65% essential oils, YSL Beauty’s deeply moisturizing formula will drench your lips in both hydration and color. According to the brand, after four weeks of continued application, tests have shown that users’ pouts looked healthier and more nourished. Try the product in popular Nude Lavalliere, a subtle shade of nude that’s universally flattering.
YSL Beauty Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Balm in 44 Nude Lavalliere $38 Buy Now
Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Sway
Victoria Beckham calls this lipstick the most personal product she’s launched yet under her eponymous beauty line. “I’ve always felt a strong emotional connection to lipstick, and this collection personifies my journey to the woman I am today, celebrating every step along the way,” she said in a press release. No wonder Beckham loves this lipstick, as it offers deeply-pigmented, rich color, a blend of ultra-nourishing superfood ingredients and a clean, vegan formula.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Sway $38 Buy Now
Byredo Lipstick in Mad Red
Best Deep Red Lipstick
Not just a red, but an intense raspberry red with a matte finish, this formula delivers rich pigmentation with just a single swipe. “Byredo‘s dedication to creating a range of vegan products that have incredible pay-off, and are done in the most stylish packaging, make their lipsticks truly must-have items,” Rinaldi says. The bi-color metal curvilinear case is truly an object of art unto itself.
Byredo Lipstick in Mad Red $42 Buy Now
Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue Liquid Lipstick in Soft Rose
One of Chanel’s bestselling lipsticks, this Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue is entirely transfer-resistant. Choose from eight shades, including ultra-popular Soft Rose, and apply the saturated, full-coverage color on lips, allowing it to dry fully (which should take only a few seconds). Then, apply the glossy top coat for long-lasting comfort and shine. And voila, lipstick that actually lasts all night long.
Chanel Le Rouge Duo Ultra Tenue in Soft Rose $42 Buy Now
Hermes Rouge Hermes in Rouge Orange
Best Lipstick for Darker Skin Tones
With packaging designed by Pierre Hardy, Hermes’ lipsticks are functional pieces of art. The Rouge Orange shade, in particular, has taken off recently with TikTok users. The fiery vermilion and scarlet hue with a velvet, powdery finish is trending due to its flattering shade, especially for darker skin tones. Plus, the packaging is endlessly refillable, so swipe on to your heart’s content, then just refill when needed.
Hermes Rouge Hermes in Rouge Orange $67 Buy Now
How long is lipstick good for?
Before you add any new lipsticks to your vanity, double check that the lipsticks you’ve already got at home are still usable. “A good rule of thumb is that lipstick lasts about a year from first use,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Maiman. “The reason lipsticks do tend to go bad eventually, however, is that although they’re formulated with preservatives such as parabens, essential oils and vitamins, these naturally break down after a year.”
A reduction of vibrancy, change in texture, any beading of moisture or malodor are all signs that your lipstick is past its expiration date, Dr. Maiman says. If expired lipstick is used, you’re potentially playing with fire. “Firstly, expired makeup can harbor bacteria that have the potential to induce acne and acne-like reactions on the skin around the lips,” she says. “Furthermore, molecules in the product break down over time (hence the changes in texture and color that herald expiration), which have the potential to be irritating and trigger a myriad of inflammatory reactions, from eczema to overt lip swelling. This is especially true of lipsticks, because the lips are much more prone to irritation at baseline, owing to them being thin and lacking sebaceous (oil) glands.”
Info on how to remove your lipstick
The catch-22 of a long-wearing lipstick is that it can be almost too long-wearing. At the end of the day, removing matte or long-lasting lipstick can be a difficult task — and if the removal process isn’t gentle enough, you’ll risk damaging the sensitive lip area. However, there are a few tricks you can use to avoid this.
Both Violette and Brown apply an oil-based cleanser, either on a face cloth or just a finger, and massage into lips to loosen pigment. “The key in using oil cleanser to break down lip color is to take your time,” Brown says. “Massage slowly to let the oil work so lip color glides off with a tissue. The less abrasive action you take with lip color removal is always best.” Tissue off lips and then double cleanse the face to completely remove all makeup.
On the other hand, Rinaldi prefers to use an everyday kitchen staple for lipstick removal: coconut oil. “It’s completely natural and the fastest way to remove any makeup at the end of the day,” she says. “Plus, it tastes great.”
Dr. Maiman is a fan of using Aquaphor to gently remove lipstick while hydrating the skin. Apply a small amount of ointment on lips and let it sit for one to two minutes, then massage lipstick off with a small amount of micellar water on a soft cotton round, wiping gently until all residue is removed.
Once you’ve removed your lipstick, do some lip triage by hydrating lips with a deep overnight lip mask. There are a few options that are beloved, including Tatcha’s Kissu Lip Mask (filled with squalane and Japanese peach for nightly repair) and Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask (packed with ceramides and lipids) — both of which help retain moisture and optimize barrier function. When in doubt, grab Vaseline or Aquaphor for an overnight treatment. “Petrolatum, the main ingredient in both products, acts as a semi-occlusive barrier to transepidermal water loss, meaning it works to prevent already dehydrated, chapped lips by holding onto water,” Dr. Maiman says.
If dry, flaky lips are preventing your lipstick from looking perfect, consider a lip scrub, Dr. Maiman says. The Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is her absolute favorite, particularly for its thick consistency that melts into a gentle exfoliating paste that buffs away dry skin. “Not only are sugar crystals an optimal choice because they possess natural humectant properties, but they’re also natural granules that do not have the detrimental environmental impact of artificial microbeads,” she says. “Plus, they’re small enough and minimally abrasive such that they don’t cause potentially harmful microtears, as can occur with the use of crushed shells, like walnut and apricot pits.” In addition to brown sugar crystals, this polish also contains nourishing shea butter and jojoba oil to lock in moisture post-buffing.
In the mood to DIY? Dr. Maiman suggests recreating your own hydrating formula at home by mixing half a teaspoon of shea butter with two teaspoons of brown sugar and two to three drops of jojoba oil. Massage on when needed, wipe off and then hydrate with a thick balm for soft lips ready for a new application of your favorite lipstick.
Plum Lipstick Is This Season’s Hottest Makeup Trend
Among the rainbow of hues you can pick from to apply to your lips, there’s one shade category that’s been exponentially rising in popularity: plum lipsticks. The bold class of burgundies and rich purples are currently the it-color to grab for your makeup bags — and some shades’ fandoms are so devout they’ve become increasingly difficult to get your hands on.
“I’m noticing a lot of soft plums and wine,” New York City-based makeup artist Molly Thompson-Tubridy tells Bustle. According to data from Spate, a consumer trend platform, there are an average of 4,800 searches in the U.S. each month, and growth has increased by 549.1% since last year. But Thompson-Tubridy notes that she — and practically everyone else online — is specifically “obsessed” with Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Currently, #blackhoney has racked up over 33.3 million views on TikTok and countless videos of users raving about the plum shade. “The shade has a different effect on each skin tone, creating a unique look for everyone,” Thompson-Tubridy says of its popularity. And that’s why the bold tint is so hard to get your hands on (as of today, it’s sold out online).
Of course, there’s no need to kiss your plum-pout aspirations goodbye: There are plenty of plum lip products to go around no matter your makeup preferences. Plus, experts assert that plum is universally flattering, so it’s hard to go wrong no matter the shade. That said, there are best practices to experimenting with dark(er) hues in order to avoid your lip color bleeding, Thompson-Tubridy explains. “Use a simple concealer and translucent powder on your lips],” she says. “This will help set the skin and provide a longer-lasting effect. Another pro tip? She suggests sporting a softer eye when donning a dark lip shade as it helps balance out your pout’s newfound boldness.
Now that you’re a master of plum, read on for eight eye-catching shades to shop as you wait for TikTok’s beloved Black Honey shade to come back in stock.
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For A Deep Berry
If you’re a fan of both Black Honey’s shade and its soft and silky texture, Thompson-Tubridy suggests Glossier’s Generation G in Jam as an adequate dupe. “It’s a subtle deep berry that has a shine to it,” she tells Bustle.
For A Lip-Plumping Moisturizer
Makeup By Mario’s recently launched line of lip serums has quickly developed a devout following, as their innovative formulas make your pout appear fuller and plumper while providing ample moisture and a stylish hint of shine. Try the Plum Glow shade for a soft maroon-purple.
For A Matte Moment
You can’t go wrong with Pat McGrath lipstick, and if you’re on the market for a mattified plum lip, look no further than the MatteTrance Lipstick in Deep Orchid. This show-stopping tint is the perfect blend of purple plum with hints of berry.
For A Gorgeous Gloss
If you’re seeking a plum pout but want it all the shine, r.e.m. beauty’s gloss in “roll up” might be your match in makeup heaven. Its gorgeous glossy finish is reminiscent of all the best parts of Y2K-era Juicy Tubes, and it goes on as a highly pigmented burgundy-wine hue.
For A Metallic Finish
If you love how gloss looks but want lipstick’s long-lasting color, opt for NARS’ Shrinagar. A gorgeous metallic-raspberry hue, this tube delivers a durable plum tint with a shiny, sheer finish.
For A Rosy Rendition
Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Sugar Plum lipstick is the ideal shade for experimenting with plum, especially if you’re used to wearing pinks and roses. Its rosy plum hue isn’t too deep, but still gives radiantly rebellious vibes with a matte finish.
For ’90s-Inspired Glam
Remember The Craft? Consider M.A.C.’s Rebel as the movie in makeup form. It’s a creamy formula that maintains a soft cushion texture for comfort and moisture and has a medium-to-full buildable coverage so you can really go all-in on the plum pout or slowly start to experiment.
The Drugstore Staple
Another plum tint with a massively loyal fanbase: the NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss in Devil’s Food Cake, which is less than $5 and a go-to for its vibrant plum shade and flawless finish. Just check the thousands of five-star Amazon reviews: “Skip the expensive mall… this is one of those drugstore products that lives up to its reputation,” one person writes.
The Viral Shade
Of course, you could simply sign up for Black Honey’s waiting list in order to get your hands on the social media sensation. It’s essentially a lip gloss-lipstick hybrid that goes on sheer but can be layered on for more of an impact.
25 Best Body Washes for Men in 2022
This article was produced in partnership with Blu Atlas
Are you hoping to take better care of yourself in 2022? If so, part of that resolution should include treating your skin with kindness, which means finding the right body wash that combines deodorizing power with the nutrients and hydration your skin is craving. Check out this list to find your go-to body wash this year.
Why Choose Body Wash Instead of Soap?
Gone are the days when men had to stick to bar soap in order to rinse off in the shower. While good old reliable bar soap has kept you squeaky clean for years now, it’s time to treat your skin to a whole new experience: body wash.
Bar soap’s primary function is to cleanse your skin, but in doing so it can also upset your pH balance or strip your skin of the natural oils it needs for protection and moisture. Instead, body wash is formulated not only to clean and deodorize, but also to leave your skin better than it found it.
How Do You Find the Best Body Wash for Men?
While you probably think of body wash as being there to take care of the grime and sweat you accumulate throughout the day, it actually does much more than that. Since body wash is applied directly to the skin, it’s also your chance to take care of any skin issues you face, such as dryness, grease, or irritation.
For starters, look for body washes that leave out harmful chemicals in favor of natural, plant-based ingredients. This will immediately cut down on some of your skin issues. Then, look for ingredients that serve as natural deodorizers and find products that include plenty of vitamins and nutrients to keep your skin healthy. If you want to get rid of flakiness, opt for body washes that include some form of natural exfoliant.
Which Ingredients Are Most Important in a Body Wash?
Here are a few natural powerhouses to keep an eye out for:
• Tea Tree. (Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, meaning it attacks odor-causing microbes at the source. Plus, it has impressive cleansing power and the ability to help your skin get rid of buildup from oil, sweat, and environmental toxins.)
• Shea Butter. (Shea butter is one of the most powerful moisturizing agents out there, so this is an important one, especially if you have particularly dry skin. It also includes fatty acids that form a natural barrier on your skin to protect it from damage.)
• Natural Oils. (Oils such as avocado, argan, or coconut pack a lot of nutrients while also providing hydrating properties. Even if your skin tends to get greasy, oil can help lock in moisture while delivering the nourishment your skin needs.)
• Aloe Vera. (Not only does aloe vera help encourage hydration, but it also soothes inflammation and can help with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.)
• Green Tea. (Green tea is another important anti-inflammatory agent that can soothe skin and get rid of redness. It also provides a big dose of antioxidants which can help protect and heal your skin while promoting a youthful appearance.)
How to Incorporate Body Wash Into Your Skincare Routine
It may be a generalization, but it’s probably safe to say that most men try to make their skincare routine as quick and simple as possible. While there’s nothing wrong with being efficient when it comes to grooming, it’s still important to prioritize your skin health. Here is the ideal skincare routine and where body wash fits into it.
• Cleanse. (Ok, you guessed it, body wash is the first step in a successful skincare routine. Even if you only have a few minutes for a quick shower or are rinsing off after a workout, squeeze some body wash onto a loofah or sponge and work it into your skin. Using something other than your hands to apply body wash not only saves you product but also allows the dead skin on the top layer fall away, letting the powerful ingredients in your body wash sink in deep.)
• Tone. (Well, this is only for your face, but toner is a step you shouldn’t skip. This product gets rid of any impurities that remain in your pores after washing and makes the following step in the routine that much more effective.)
• Moisturize. (While your skin is still damp from a shower, rub in some lotion. This is especially important in the coldest, driest months of the year which can make your skin itchy and tight-feeling. Use a separate lotion for your face to lock in moisture.)
• Deodorize. (Then it’s time to prevent body odor. Use a natural deodorant free of aluminum and harmful chemicals, rub some cologne in your pulse points, or apply aftershave after a little beard trim to ensure you smell fresh all day.)
No matter how dry your skin is or what you’re hoping to get out of a body wash, you can count on Blu Atlas to deliver with this all-natural formula. Treat your skin to the moisturizing power of shea butter glycerides, the calming effect of aloe, and the antioxidants of green tea each time you lather on this product.
Did we mention this comes with an addictive scent? Think bold outdoor adventure, with woodsy notes and inviting patchouli and bergamot. No better way to start your day than sudsing up with this Blu Atlas body wash. So many reasons this product has made the list of best body washes for men!
- Le Labo Santal Shower Gel
This body wash is based on a fragrance, and an iconic one at that. Santal 33 the fragrance gained popularity thanks to its unisex blend of spice notes, which you’ll now find in body wash form. A botanical blend that includes aloe, flaxseed, and olive leaf extract works wonders for your skin while the spicy, leathery, smoky scent keeps you smelling masculine and desirable.
- Oars and Alps Natural Wash
Oars and Alps offers straightforward and natural skincare that provides real results. To avoid stripping your skin, this natural body and face wash turns to jojoba oil to nourish and moisturize and vitamin E to help reduce the effects of sun damage.
Men claim that this wash helps them feel soft and clean long after the shower is over, and leaves a pleasant scent behind. Choose from a few different natural fragrances, such as California Coast, Ocean Splash, or Alpine Tea Tree. The best part of this formula is that you can lather it on your face, too, and skip one step in your grooming process each day!
- Bamford BGD Sport
This body wash gives you an excuse to go hard at the gym. Once you’ve sweat it all out, rinse off in this body wash you can also use on your hair when you forget the shampoo. Tea tree leaf extract stops odor before it develops, while sweet orange essential oil fights bacne and nourishes and aloe tackles irritation.
You’re guaranteed to feel refreshed after using this body wash, and you’ll smell great, too. Get one bottle for your shower and one for your gym bag–it’s that good.
- Aesop Coriander Seed
Ok, yes, this body wash may be a little bougie, but that’s just because it’s indulgent. A gently foaming gel cleans deep as it gives your skin the luxurious experience of being expertly cared for by natural ingredients. Then, it leaves a subtle scent in its wake that seems to warm you from the inside out.
This formula relies on coriander seed oil for antibacterial properties and a generous dose of healing, black pepper fruit oil that fends off free radicals that pose harm to your skin, and sea salt for gentle exfoliation.
- Jack Black All-Over Wash
Are you a member of the Jack Black fan club yet? Well you will be as soon as you try this all-over wash. Use it on both your skin and hair for a thorough clean that leaves you feeling your best. Plus, this means you can skip buying a shampoo and face wash next time you run out. Score!
You have a few natural ingredients to thank for this clean and calm sensation. One is jojoba protein, which ensures that your skin and hair stay moisturized, even in the coldest, driest months of the year. Another is panthenol for softening power that will also give your hair a thicker appearance. Then there’s coconut-surfactants for a reliable clean, sea kelp for important nutrients, and shea butter for ultimate hydration.
- Mario Badescu Botanical Body Soap
Millions trust Mario Bedscu for high-quality skincare, and this body soap is just yet another example of the brand’s innovation. This vegan and paraben-free wash uses grapefruit and glycolic acid to help you feel refreshed while cutting down on inflammation and stimulating collagen growth. Its refreshing scent is also a great pick-me-up right when you need it.
- Kiehl’s Gentle Body Cleanser
Kiehl’s has been a go-to for high-quality skincare for decades–you can trust any product that has their name on it! Go easy on your skin with this best body wash for men that is so safe you could even wash an infant with it. 95% naturally derived ingredients make up this formula which cleanses skin while diminishing redness and leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth, not tight like so many products do.
Sustainably sourced aloe vera is behind the anti-inflammatory properties of this wash, which will help get rid of those red, aggravated spots that crop up from time to time. Soap tree extract is responsible for the satisfying lather, not any harsh chemicals that can damage layers of skin. Citric acid then steps in to help protect skin while exfoliating to get rid of those dry patches.
- Dr. Bronner’s 4 in 1 Lemongrass Lime
Dr. Bronner’s has been an authority on natural products for over 60 years, so you know you can trust them. Stay away from preservatives, alcohol, and harsh chemicals with this gentle blend of coconut oil for moisture, organic white grape juice for protection, jojoba for hydration, hemp for balance, and olive oil for anti-aging properties.
The really cool thing about Dr. Bronner’s, however? The brand is committed to cutting out plastic use, so they use recycled plastic in most of their packaging and encourage customers to refill their soaps rather than buy new ones. While this body wash is available in a few different scents, lemongrass lime is certainly a favorite–refreshing and enticing.
- Malin + Goetz Hand + Body Wash
Malin and Goetz, which started in 2004, has taken over the natural skincare scene since their inception. That’s because they focus on using high-quality, natural ingredients to deliver serious benefits without any drawbacks. Like with this hand and body wash, which gets rid of dirt and impurities while providing skin with amino acids and glycerin to encourage water retention.
This product is vegan and cruelty-free, so it goes easy on the conscience as well as the skin. While it comes in a variety of scents, eucalyptus is our favorite, as it’s fresh and invigorating and leaves you smelling clean no matter what you get up to during your day.
- Dr. Alkaitis Organic Body Wash
Skin feeling out of whack lately? Get it back in balance with this organic wash from Dr. Alkaitis that works to restore your skin’s pH balance with exfoliating power. Saponified natural oils cleanse and repair skin while aloe vera seeps in to get rid of inflammation and essential vitamins and herbs strengthen and nourish.
While this soap may go on a little slick, if you use a sponge or a scrub brush with it you’ll get that satisfying exfoliating feeling that opens up your skin to receive all the goods. Get this–Dr. Alkaitis Organic Body wash is made with live ingredients! That means you need to be sure to cap the wash tight when not in use.
This natural wonder is made in California by hand and includes only the highest quality ingredients. While the price may seem steep, an investment in Dr. Alkaitis Organic Body Wash is an investment in your skin’s health.
- Bevel Body Wash
Bevel’s products are specially formulated for Black skin and hair, taking your unique needs into consideration to create high-quality natural products. This particular body wash works hard to remove impurities and cleanse the skin, relieving your pores of buildup and preventing acne. The key ingredients here are hydrated silica (which serves as a gentle exfoliant), jojoba esters for moisture without residue, charcoal to remove dirt, and argan oil to soften.
Choose from three equally alluring signature scents: Dark Cassis (dark berries and botanicals), Supreme Oak (almond, bourbon, and birch), or Black Bergamot (citrus with a hint of French lavender). You can’t go wrong!
- Revitalizing Peppermint Bath and Shower Gel
Ready for your morning wake up call? As soon as you open the cap on this bottle of body wash, the energizing peppermint scent will get you going. This body wash is free of parabens, GMOs, synthetic fragrances, and sulfates–only natural goodness to be found in here!
Botanical cleansers, emollient quinoa protein, aloe and peppermint come together to make you feel like a new man each time you wash. Your skin will get a purifying clean that will then restore natural moisture to allow you to go about your day refreshed and comfortable in your skin.
- Seed to Skin Balance
A gorgeous estate in Tuscany grows the ingredients for this luxurious body wash. The steep price gets you a special “oil to foam” formula that transforms into foam upon contact with your skin and works to protect the skin’s pH balance and natural layers of defense while leaving you feeling soft and smooth.
This wash is rich in vitamin E, which helps reverse damage done by UV rays and free radicals. Damask rose essential oil helps soothe irritation while fighting acne, mandarin promotes a healthy glow, neroli stimulates growth, lavender tackles inflammation, and geranium heads off bacteria. High-quality natural ingredients make this body wash absolutely indulgent!
- Burt’s Bees Energizing
Burt’s Bees is a favorite brand among those searching for natural skincare solutions. This particular body wash consists of 97.8% natural ingredients! Men love this product for the smell–a citrusy, spicy pick-me-up that really gets you going in the mornings. The scent may not be a substitute for your morning coffee, but it’s the next best thing.
Citric acid is the most important ingredient in this wash. It works by exfoliating the top layer of dead skin to help other ingredients penetrate. This ingredient is also known to diminish the effects of photo damage to reveal younger looking skin!
- REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium
Yes, this bottle is made with ocean plastic, which means that you are being kind to both your skin and the environment at the same time. The recycled plastic bottle is filled with a natural formula backed by science, with ingredients like kelp for its anti-inflammatory properties, magnesium PCA that energizes you as it nourishes your skin, and a blend of anti-fatigue oils that are supposed to wake you up.
According to REN, 97% of users claimed that their skin felt more hydrated after using this product, so there’s a good chance you’ll agree. Rosemary leaf extract gets rid of puffiness, geranium brightens, cypress oil targets the main causes of acne, while glycerin locks in moisture.
- Desert Essence Organics
Worried about how your sensitive skin will hold up? Try this gentle, natural body wash from Organics. The formula includes the powerful soothing properties of aloe vera and the antioxidant power of green tea, along with jojoba oil for moisture and willow bark extract that will cleanse your pores and fend off bacteria.
It seems that so many brands are claiming “all-natural” status these days, but Organics is certified by the NSF Organic Standard, so you know there’s good stuff in there. It’s fragrance free, which means no artificial scent to irritate your sensitive skin. Plus, with all the deodorizing ingredients in there you don’t need one!
- 18.21 Man Made Wash
Unisex washes are great, but what if you really want to smell like a man? Just crack open this bottle of bourb–ahem–body wash that combines natural ingredients your skin will love with a manly fragrance you won’t be able to get enough of. Jojoba oil delivers nutrients and moisture, macadamia acts as an emollient to seal in hydration, and quinoa helps to brighten and enhance the appearance of your skin.
Now to the scent… There’s nothing more rugged and manly smelling than sweet tobacco. Combined with saffron, dried fruits, tonka beans, honey, and vanilla, you have a warm and welcoming aroma that lasts all day.
- Start Happy Body Wash
No better way to start your day than with this Plant Apothecary body wash. Peppermint and geranium are a breath of fresh air that will instantly refresh and energize. Lather this on in the shower or add a little bit to a bath to take extra good care of your skin.
Coconut and olive oil soaps are the main cleansers in this product, glycerin draws in moisture, then aloe and natural extracts nourish, hydrate, and soothe your skin. This natural, organic body wash with its honey-like texture is certainly one of the best body washes for men and should make the short list of products you try this year!
- Brickell Men’s Invigorating Body Wash
While Brickell may be new on the scene of men’s skincare products, what they lack in experience they make up for in effectiveness. This no-fuss formula quickly cleanses and rids the skin of impurities, leaving you feeling soft and refreshed with no trace of sticky residue.
Aloe vera, jojoba oil, and glycerin are the key players in this blend, along with tea tree oil to fight odor-causing bacteria and vitamin E to give your skin a youthful, healthy boost. It produces a light lather that washes off cleanly, leaving a subtle scent of peppermint that doesn’t smell over-the-top or fake. Men with sensitive skin will want this body wash in their arsenal.
- Native Cucumber and Mint
It’s possible to get a foamy lather, satisfying clean, and a great smell without any sulfates, parabens, or dyes! Well, when you use Native all that’s possible at least. This high-quality skincare brand focuses on natural ingredients to take your skincare routine to the next level.
Choose from a variety of yummy scents, like this cucumber and mint, cherry and vanilla, matcha and sweet cream, or citrus and herbal musk. Each body wash features salt as a thickening agent, coconut-derived surfactants for a deep clean, plus citric acid for pH balance and exfoliation.
- Molton Brown Body Wash
If you’re looking for classy English brands that deliver luxury skincare, you’ve got to check out Molton Brown. This wash makes you feel noticeably lighter and cleaner after each use and offers a scent complex and alluring enough to let you skip the cologne.
Catch notes of black pepper, lemon, ginger, basil, and coriander in this product’s fragrance–all ingredients which also contribute to skin health. Black pepper oil draws out impurities while also relaxing muscles. Even with a high-quality scent, this product remains paraffin, phthalate, and paraben free.
- HWG Natural Body Wash
Smell like an outdoorsman even if you spend all day in an office with this natural body wash from HWG. That’s thanks to a refreshing pine scent in this product that you can lather on your skin, face, and hair. (Pro tip: it works wonders on your beard, too.)
Aloe and jojoba work their soothing and hydrating magic, while vitamins E and B5 help your skin retain moisture while promoting a healthy glow. Lavender flower water is a secret source of essential vitamins and minerals, and hydrolyzed wheat protein firms up skin.
- Puracy Natural
Environmentally conscious men who want to ensure that their skin gets properly taken care of will love Puracy. This brand produces shower gels without dyes, fragrances, or parabens so you don’t have to worry about any skin-stripping here. If your skin tends to get red or itchy whenever you try a new product, you’ll be relieved to discover that this wash goes easy on sensitive skin.
Coco glycinate is responsible for a bubbly lather that leaves the skin’s pH balance untouched in order to ensure no skin irritation, redness, or dryness occur. Himalayan pink salt acts as a natural exfoliant to reveal a softer layer of skin, and vegetable glycerin ensures long-lasting moisture. Plus, the citrus and sea salt scent lets you feel like you’ve spent the day lounging by the beach.
- Outlaw Blazing Saddles
What this wash has to do with the hit movie of the same name? Well, we’re not entirely sure. All we know is that this natural body wash has the potential to take your confidence to a whole new level. That’s thanks to the indulgent bathing experience that comes from a formula packed with ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter that feel like wrapping yourself in silk sheets.
Then there’s the scent. A few scents, actually. Choose from leather, gunpowder, sandalwood, or sagebrush. Each one will make you feel like a gun-toting cowboy strutting into an Old West bar. Ideal for transforming dry skin while also making you feel your best.
Ready to up your skincare game this year? Choose any of the products from our list and get ready to seize the day.
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