The lip colors worth trying now that masks are (mostly) off.

By Erin Lukas
Jun 28, 2021 @ 4:20 pm
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Masks Are Off — These Are What Lipsticks to Wear
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With masks going from being a full-time responsibility to a part-time gig, wearing lipstick - or if we're being real - makeup in general no longer feels like a wasted effort.

If your summer 2021 goals of making up for a year of lost time include rotating between a handful of your favorite lipstick colors, beauty brands are on the same wavelength. New lipsticks have been launching at a dizzying rate. And many of the formulas are perfect for summer, because they offer sweat-proof, long-wear and won't feel like a mistake - like wearing jeans on a 90-degree day.

Whether you're a fan of matte liquid lipsticks or truly effortless tinted lip balms, the lipstick launches of summer 2021 cover all the bases. Ahead, the 10 best new lipsticks to take you through vaxxed girl summer.

Lancôme L'Absolu Rouge Drama Ink Lightweight Liquid Lipstick

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Lancôme's Rouge Drama Ink might look like the average liquid lipstick, but the high-pigment semi-matte formula offers color payoff that isn't drying. Thanks to the curved doefoot applicator, no lip liner is necessary to prevent bleeding. Soif De Vivre is a soft rose that's like your lips, but better.

To shop: $28; macys.com

Milani Color Finish Matte The Nudes Collection

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Nude lipstick isn't one shade fits all. For anyone who swears by a neutral matte lipstick year round, Milani has you covered with its new nudes collection, which includes six shades to suit a wide range of skin tones. Take Desire, a deep brown with rich undertones, for example. The creamy formula offers high pigment and hydration so it wears comfortably - whether you're in AC or the humidity.

To shop: $9; ulta.com

MAC Love Me Liquid Lipcolour

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Now that lipstick is back in regular rotation, why not go from zero to 100 with a bold fuchsia lip? Expect the compliments to come rolling in with MAC's Love Me Liquid Lipcolour in Hey, Good Looking. While many liquid lipstick formulas are matte, this one offers the intense color payoff with a lacquer finish, thanks to nourishing ingredients like argan oil and shea butter.

To shop: $24; nordstrom.com

Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick

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Maybelline's super sleek lipstick delivers impressive color payoff in a single swipe. If you're in the market for an orange-red shade that's as hot as the weather forecast, look no further than the aptly named More Scarlet.

To shop: $9; ulta.com

Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Transfer-Proof Lipstick

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Wearing a matte lipstick in the summer is all fun and games until it bleeds because your upper lip is sweating. That's where Dior's game-changing liquid formula comes in. It's designed to glide on effortlessly - and stay put until you decide to take it off. There are a 10 classic shades to choose from, but we're fans of Forever Dream, a deep nude with a hint of pink.

To shop: $38; sephora.com

Instyle Badass Lipstick

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Wearing a bright matte lipstick on a scorching mid-summer day is like leaving the house with an extra layer on. Luckily, Legend Berry from our InStyle Badass Lipstick collection solves this struggle. This nourishing formula has a sheer, glossy finish that feels weightless on the lips.

To shop: $18; instylebadass.com

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Heat Universal Lip Luminizer + Plumper

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Leave it to Rihanna to give the plumping lip gloss you wore in high school an upgrade for vaxxed girl summer. This non-sticky gloss is formulated with ingredients to plump and has a universal, sheer cherry red tint that adapts to each wearer's lips.

To shop: $22; sephora.com

Armani Beauty Lip Power Longwear Vivid Color Lipstick

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There are red lipsticks, and then there are Armani reds. The brand's new Lip Power in Sultan is a true red the brand is known for, but with a satin finish that promises to feel cushiony on your lips without sacrificing color payoff.

Avon fmg Cashmere Essence Lipcream

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Cashmere and summer don't usually go hand and hand, but Avon's latest lip innovation is switching things up in 2021. The creamy formula has a balm-like texture that glides on and melts into lips. But what really sets this lipstick apart is that it improves lip texture, thanks to its bio-retinol core. And no lip color screams summer like Coral Charm.

To shop: $22; avon.com

Charlotte Tilbury

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For anyone who likes to keep their lipstick low-key, may we suggest Charlotte Tilbury's Happikiss Lipstick Balm? This stick combines all of the hydrating benefits and ease of a balm with the color of a satin lipstick. Take Crystal Happikiss, a sheer rosy pink, for example.

To shop: $34; sephora.com