Lip makeup is the most beautiful summer makeup trend

Picture the scene: you’re 13 years old on vacation from school for three wonderful months. The sun is shining and you’ve met up with your besties for a bike ride. You all decide to stop at the corner store for a little treat, empty your pockets with a shared pile of loose change, and voila! Just enough for each of you to get a fruit ice cream.

This is the mood that seeks to convey the biggest summer lip trend. The innocence of last summer, a time of complete and total freedom when there were no emails or credit card bills. When your hair was always a little wet from bathing, and your lip color gave off your favorite scent of frieze.

It’s called Popsicle lips, a look consisting of a thin patch, often a bright, fruity shade like strawberry, grape, or tangerine. The application is a little blurry, not too neat around the edges, which makes it extremely low maintenance. Sometimes a light ombre effect appears, when the center of the mouth becomes a little darker. You know how it would be if you ate real fruit ice cream.

This is just the thing if you don’t want to take care of your lipstick all day. (Some small smudges are actually welcome here.) The light wash of pigment also provides a totally convenient way to add a pop of color to your makeup. It’s fun, easy, and absolutely perfect to rock on the patio.

We can all thank Rihanna for helping make Popsicle lips a hit. Fenty Beauty’s Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain, a gorgeous watery shade with a juicy finish, recently went viral on TikTok, resulting in the product selling out. (Marked-up versions have even started to find their way onto eBay.) But don’t worry, we’ve scoured the web for the best knockoffs on the market. Summer isn’t over yet, friends—it’s time for Popsicle lips.

Buy upper lip stains

Benefit Cosmetic Gogo Cheek & Lip Stain, $24, BUY HERE

You can’t go wrong with the brand’s cult classic Benetint, a pink stain originally designed for the exotic dancer who wanted to color her nipples (yes, really!), but might we suggest trying this Gogo shade? An equally gorgeous liquid shade formula in a fun cherry shade. It adds a nice pop of color on both the lips and cheeks.

Dior Addict Lip Tint, $46, BUY HERE

Dior Addict Lip Tint, $46,

Made with 95 percent naturally derived ingredients, this transfer-resistant shade coats lips in a magical veil of color. The finish is semi-matte, and the thin applicator mimics the precision of a lip liner. Bonus: cherry oil in the formula provides up to 24 hours of hydration.

Clarins Water Lip Stain, $29, BUY HERE

Clarins Water Lip Stain, $29,

Clarins may be known for their lip oils, but this ink-like stain deserves just as much praise. It’s weightless, enriched with aloe and raspberry to hydrate and soothe. And the wear is incredible. In tests, it was shown to withstand up to 300 kisses. Yes, they checked it!

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Stain, $39, BUY HERE

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Stain, $39,

This product is actually a limited edition, so you might as well move fast. This satin stain is enriched with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, so it will never dry out. The shadows in Charlotte Tilbury’s Look of Love collection are designed to recreate just that, leaving you looking blissfully happy with a hint of joyful color on your cheeks and lips.

Lancôme L’Absolu Lacquer Lasting Liquid Lipstick, $36, BUY HERE

Lanc�me L'Absolu Lacquer Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick, $36,

While Fenty’s Poutsicle goes on glossy but then leaves a soft finish, this liquid polish from Lancôme maintains its stunning, dewy finish for hours. The color can be built from sheer to full coverage, and the moisturizing formula feels incredibly comfortable on the lips.

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Catherine Lalancette is the Toronto-based beauty director of The Kit. She writes about beauty and trends. Contact her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @kik_tweets


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