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Lip Tints Are the Go-To Makeup Essential for Summer

Time to stop sacrificing pigment for moisture.

Now that the weather is warming up and we’re preparing for more outdoor activities, we’re required to make a few swaps in our beauty routines. Lightweight moisturizers replace heavy creams, BB creams take the place of matte foundations, and lip tints (a.k.a. a product that softens and moisturizes lips while adding a hint of color) outrule pigmented lipsticks. Because tints melt into lips rather than sit on top of them like lipstick, they deliver just the right amount of color and shine that’ll last all day without feathering in the summer heat and humidity. However, given the barrage of options, finding the right lip tint for you can feel overwhelming. Below, we rounded up the best lip tints and stains to swipe on this season.

Best Long-Lasting Lip Tint

Lip Addict Lip Tint

This long-lasting, cherry oil-infused tint delivers a dose of hydration while drenching the lips in a vivid veil of color.

Dior
$35

Best Multitasking Lip Tint

N°1 De Chanel Lip and Cheek Balm

This sheer balm imparts a creamy splash of color to the lips and cheeks, thanks to the moisturizing red camellia oil in the formula.

Chanel
$45

Best Hydrating Lip Tint

Sea H2O Balm Lip Tint

Rich in hydration, thanks to hyaluronic acid and vegan collagen, this lightweight tint delivers a flush of color with a soft-focus finish that blurs the look of fine lines.

Tarte
$21

Best Buildable Lip Tint

Lip Tint Hydrating Balm

With a perfect balance of sheer color and moisture-boosting ingredients, this tint goes on smooth and stays put for a fuller-looking pout while building color with every swipe.

Chantecaille
$34

Best Smoothing Lip Tint

Balmy Tint Hydrating Lip Balm

Supercharged with rosehip seed oil and shea butter, this tint delivers incandescent color to the lips while leaving them smooth, plump, and dewy.

Ilia
$28

Best Lightweight Lip Tint

Water Lip Stain

With its water-infused formula, this lightweight tint adds moisture sans stickiness to achieve a flushed lip look.

Clarins
$29

Best Tinted Lip Oil

Shade Slick Vegan Tinted Lip Oil

Packed with ingredients like rosehip oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil, this tinted oil boosts moisture levels and leaves behind a mirror-like shine without leaving lips sticky.

Merit
$24
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