These Light-as-Air Lipsticks Are the Makeup Version of the Perfect Spring Cardigan
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These Light-as-Air Lipsticks Are the Makeup Version of the Perfect Spring Cardigan

Coat your lips in moussey softness.
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There are three ways to determine the beginning of spring. The first is the official day as dictated by the vernal equinox, the second is according to the timeframe laid out by Punxsutawney Phil, and the third is the first day it's warm enough to be outside in a T-shirt. 

When the third happens, it starts a domino effect that leads to spring cleaning, refreshing your seasonal wardrobe, and adjusting your skincare routine. When it comes to spring makeup, the first thing I want to do is find light-as-air formulas in soft, easy textures, as is the case with the lip mousses that will dominate both spring and summer. I would think that you'll start to see many of these pop up in the coming months.

The products I'm writing about can go by many names:  lip mousse, powdered lip, blotted lip, and velvet lip are some of the many. The idea behind this lip, regardless of what you want to call it, is not new. I was first introduced to it in 2018, but it wasn't a single product delivering results; it was a process that required technique and a handful of products (lip liner, lip balm, setting powder, lip stain, etc). 

In the last two months, one-and-done blotted lip products like Ultra Suede Cozy Lip Creme from Makeup by Mario and Love Swipe from Kaja have emerged. They're both highly pigmented yet subtle lip products that feel so light, you barely know you're wearing something. A swipe goes on like a cushioned kiss; it's diffused and soft rather than the harsh lines and definition typical of a traditional lipstick. 

I am so entranced by the physical texture of these products, as well as the born-in-the-Swiss-countryside vibe of it all that I have pared down my five- to six-step lip routine to just two steps thanks to this new class of products. First, I apply the Lawless Overnight Lip Plumping Mask to prep and plump my lips, and then swipe on one of these whipped mousses. 

Although the Makeup by Mario and Kaja products are the newest of the bunch, YSL, Hourglass, Peripera, Nars, Revlon, and Cle Cosmetics have their own similar offerings. 

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MAKEUP BY MARIO Ultra Suede™️ Cozy Lip Creme
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Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Cozy Lip Creme

I was lucky enough to be gifted all 12 shades of Makeup by Mario's Lip Creme, and so far I have used 10 of them. The colors are an array of neutrals for every skin tone, making it a range that is truly universal. All it takes is one swipe, although I sometimes use a secondary color and dab in the center of my lips to give the illusion of dimension. 

Shop now: $24; sephora.com

Kaja LOVE SWIPE Lightweight Cushiony Lip Mousse
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Kaja Love Swipe Lightweight Cushiony Lip Mousse

If I'm being honest, half of the appeal of Kaja's Lip Mousse is the heart-shaped packaging, which I am such a sucker for. Thankfully though, you can come for the packaging and stay for the foolproof, soft, powder-like finish.

Shop now: $21; sephora.com

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain
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Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

YSL's offering in this category is one of the oldest by my estimations. Like the rest of these products, it is a lip mousse, but as it sets, it sinks into the lips and becomes a stain. This is the product I reach for when I want minimal touch-ups throughout the day.

Shop now: $38; sephora.com

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Hourglass Cosmetics Velvet Story Lip Cream

Shop now: $36; hourglasscosmetics.com

Cle MELTING LIP POWDER
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Cle Cosmetics Melting Lip Powder

Shop now: $25; clecosmetics.com

REVLON Ultra HD Lip Mousse Hyper Matte
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Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse

Shop now: $7 (Originally $10); amazon.com

NARS Air Matte Lip Color
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Nars Air Matte Lip Color

Shop now: $22 (Originally $26); nordstrom.com

Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Lipstick
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Peripera Ink Airy Velvet Lipstick

Shop now: $10; amazon.com