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When it comes to lip makeup, there used to be one option: lipstick. Nowadays, there are tons of choices from which to choose — with variations of textures, colors, application methods and more.
TODAY Style reached out to 14 beauty mavens to find out their personal favorite — and client favorite — lip products all available at your local drugstore. Read on to discover what they use and why they love it.
1. L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in "Shanghai Scarlet"
“These go on matte (which is super trendy), but I also like their pigments, especially 'Shanghai Scarlet,'" says Julie Harris, whose clients include Idina Menzel, Alyssa Milano and Eva Mendes.
2. Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel
"This is the perfect high-impact shine gloss. It can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick — it gives the same effect as a MAC lipglass ($16, maccosmetics.com). The best part is that I can go into any drugstore in the U.S. and know that I can find it on hand," says Lucky Smyler, whose clients include Viola Davis, Tia Mowry and Sunny Anderson.
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3. L'Oréal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in "Coral Tattoo"
"It’s a gloss stain and the color is amazing. My favorite color of the moment is 'Coral Tattoo,'" says Molly R. Stern, whose clients include Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen and Kristen Wiig.
4. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in "Taupe with Me"
"It’s perfectly sheer but super hydrating — the dream product for a lightly done lip to pair with a feature eye," says Amber Dreadon, whose clients include Lorde, Katy Perry, Jaime King and Rita Ora. "'Taupe with Me' is my must-have shade since it works on every skin tone for a creamy, lush finish — plus, it’s a total steal!”
5. NYX Butter Gloss in "Sunday Mimosa"
“I love this gloss in 'Sunday Mimosa.' Plus, they have so many shades to play with. The texture is shiny and silky without feeling sticky," says Mai Quynh, whose clients include Chloe Grace Moretz, Daisy Ridley and Saoirse Ronan.
6. NYX Butter Gloss in "Creme Brûlée"
“'Creme Brûlée' is a true nude that any complexion can wear and that can be easily manipulated with a lip liner," says Joanna Simkin, whose clients include Vera Wang, Amber Rose and Serayah. "I love using a deep chestnut or even plum shade for darker skin tones or a medium spice-toned liner for lighter skin tones. It's also great alone — unbeatable!”
7. Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in "Solar Coral"
"The gloss is infused with vitamin E, doesn’t have a sticky feel and applies evenly," says Mario Dedivanovic, whose clients include Kim Kardashian, Kate Bosworth, Priyanka Chopra and Eva Longoria. "I love using a bit of the 'Solar Coral' shade on the center of lips to add some peach to a nude lip.”
8. Burt’s Bees Lip Shine
"I love the variety of colors in their line, plus it also tastes yummy and moisturizes your lips, too," says Fabiola, whose clients include Sophia Bush and Hilary Swank.
9. NYX Butter Gloss in "Maple Blonde"
“Drugstores offer such a large range of great makeup products," says Denika Bedrossian,whose clients include Hailey Baldwin, Miley Cyrus and Sarah Hyland. "I like NYX products when I'm searching for a lip gloss that's a reasonable price, comfortable on the lips and has a nice pigment. With 22 non-sticky shades at roughly $5 each, you can't lose. I love using 'Maple Blonde' for a natural, sun-kissed look.”
10. L'Oréal Extraordinaire Color Riche in "Nude Ballet"
"'Nude Ballet' is my favorite nude — it has a balance of peach and pink that looks good on everyone. The formula is moisturizing and full coverage, so it looks creamy and rich on the lip," says Beau Nelson, whose clients include Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie, Alessandra Ambrosio and Christina Hendricks.
11. Flower HydraSilk Ultimate Lip Butter in "Flower Petal"
"This is my all time favorite gloss especially in 'Flower Petal!' It’s got the perfect glossy finish and it also keeps your lips hydrated,” says Debra Ferullo, whose clients include Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson and Katherine McPhee.
12. L'Oréal Paris Infallible 8HR Never Fail Lip Gloss in "Rebel Red"
"The color payoff is incredible. They are under $10 and have a perfect, cushion-y little applicator that gives you a really precise and controlled application. I love layering these over long-wearing lipsticks (in 'Sunset' and 'Rebel Red') on my clients so I don't have to touch them up as frequently," says Michael Anthony, whose clients include Katy Perry, Victoria Justice and Carly Chaikin.
13. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color in "Nude Thrill"
"These are high-voltage color in some really great, on-trend colors right now. These have a nice velvet-y feeling to them, even though they are matte. I like to mix 'Nude Thrill' and 'Nude Flush' on the back of my hand for a custom shade that lasts all day," says Anthony.
14. COVERGIRL Outlast All-Day Lip Color
"It’s two steps — first liquid color then the clear gloss for a perfect, mid-tone mauve-rose shade (shade 550). It’s a very sheer layer works like a charm. And if the gloss runs out, any lip balm or clear gloss looks great!” says Anthony.
15. Chapstick Total Hydration Plus Tint in "Coral Blush"
“For the past few months, I’ve been doing more of a natural finish or matte lip. I’ve been using 'Coral Blush' on clients and it is perfect for what’s on-trend right now," says Matin,whose clients include Claire Danes, Lena Dunham, Georgia May Jagger and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
16. L'Oréal Infallible 8HR Never Fail Lip Gloss in "Petal"
"It's infused with argan oil, vitamin E and omega-3, which is ultra hydrating. There is a shade for everyone — like the universally flattering 'Petal' — so pick one and have fun with it," says Mylah Morales, whose clients include Rihanna, Shakira, Taraji P. Henson and Nicki Minaj.