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Liquid Lipstick: The Makeup Bag Staple You Never Knew You Needed

Liquid Lipstick: The Makeup Bag Staple You Never Knew You Needed
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What do you get when you cross the lightweight texture of a gloss with the full color of a lipstick? No, this isn't a beauty riddle---you get the easy application of a liquid lipstick. The product's ultra-vivid hue and glossy finish has officially made it our new spring staple.

Unlike traditional lip colors, liquid versions are more low-maintenance. Because the applicators are shaped to hug the curves of your lips, the creamy formula blends on easily, and won't fade for up to six hours. Just one swipe delivers a coat of the rich color you see in the tube, which can be intensified layer by layer.

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Though nude-toned lip lacquers make just as big of a statement, some of our favorites veer toward the bolder end of the spectrum. For a statement-making purple, we love Laura Mercier's Paint Wash in Fuchsia Mauve ($28; nordstrom.com), which dries to a velvety texture. Ciate's Patent Pout in High Five ($18; sephora.com) mixes a summery orange shade with a shiny, patent leather finish, while Too Faced's Melted Metal ($21; ulta.com) adds a jolt of foil-like shimmer to its famed liquid formula---we love the Metallic Tu-tu color, which seems like an unassuming petal shade in the tube, but transforms into the perfect saturated peachy-pink. How's that for spring perfect?

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