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Whether you’re a full-glam gal or a natural queen, nothing compliments a natural (or faux-) golden {tan} more than a gorgeous summer {lip} to match. No {make up} look would be complete without it, right? That’s why we’ve scoured Cult Beauty to give you the best of this summer’s lip essentials for your sun-filled days and nights.
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1. Gimme All The Gloss

The trend that’s been all over our FYPs and Insta Reels (thanks Y2K!): a gorgeous, plump, glossy lip. We’ve found that adding a lip liner and THEN the gloss works wonders. Why not try Tower 28’s ShineON Lip Jelly, which, in their words, is "never sticky, always shiny". It comes in a variety of subtle jelly-like shades, from sheer pink to sheer orange and everything in between (including a gold shimmer). This ultra-nourishing formula soothes and protects your lips while giving them a subtle wash of colour.

Looking for a lip oil and lip gloss? VIEVE have bridged that gap, creating Lip Dew — a good-for-skin formula with a high-shine, multi-dimensional effect. This wonder hybrid contains raspberry seed oil extract (a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient) and green tea extract known to dispel dryness and soften chapped lips. The result? Pretty, plumped-up and lustrous-looking lips.

Milk Makeup’s Electric Glossy Lip Plumper uses Sichuan pepper to give you a tingling plumping sensation. Not only nourishing (thanks to the vegan plant-derived collagen and jojoba oil) but it’s also non-sticky. Plumping, nourishing and non-sticky… have we just found the perfect lip gloss?
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2. Save Me From The Sun

The days of leaving your lips to fend for themselves in the summer heat are over. Ultra Violette have created Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm, a lip balm SPF saviour that not only has SPF 50 protection, but uses sustainable lanolin and cacao seed butter to deeply hydrate and moisturise, leaving behind a yummy scent. Plus, it comes in five gorgeous tints. Win, win, win.
The Tinted SPF30 Balm hero from Lanolips is not only a lip balm, but also part-lip gloss that enhances your natural lip colour, all the while providing you with SPF protection. Lanolips uses medical grade lanolin: an odourless, colourless ointment that mimics oils and helps restore moisture. What could be better than moisturised, subtly tinted lips that are protected from the sun?
The ultimate everyday sidekick to protect your lips, Aesop's Protective Lip Balm contains no silicons, no parabens and no animal-derived ingredients. It’s also chock full of deeply soothing and hydrating ingredients such as castor seed oil and vitamin E. This little wonder helps moisturise chapped lips and protect from the sun’s damaging rays with a broad spectrum mineral SPF. You can also use it on your nose or other parts of your face that may need a little extra help!
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3. Bright And Bold

Want bold, richly-pigmented matte lips? Look no further than HourglassOpaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks. These ultra-longwearing formulas are non-drying and non-flaky! Perfect for when you’re still partying up a storm at 2am, they create a breathable film on your lips (no tackiness here!) to bind and keep that covetable colour in place. Plus, they contain moisturising ingredients like vitamin E and A, and fruit extracts that hydrate while delivering glorious pigment.  
Needing no introduction, NARS is the Cult-classic brand that can do no wrong. Their Power Matte Lip Pigments are a must-have in every make up bag. If you want a lip that will not let you down, then this smudge-proof, budge-proof, ultra-long lasting, super pigmented dream is where it’s at.
One of the most searched for brands at Cult Beauty, NYX Professional Makeup bridges the gap between high street and high-performance. Their Shout Loud Hydrating Satin Lipsticks have high-impact colour – you wouldn't think so with a name like that! – that’s non drying. No cracked lips here, thank you very much. Enriched with hydrating mango butter, shea butter and antioxidant-rich sesame oil, these bullets provide rich pigments while promising up to 4 hours of moisture.
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4. Hint of a Tint


Looking for a smudge proof, kiss-proof lip that lasts all day? Enter benefit’s Floratint Desert Rose-Tinted lip and cheek tint that bestows a gorgeous, pretty wash of colour for both your lips and cheeks. Simply use the doe footer for precise application, then take your fingers (or a brush!) to smudge out the water-like pigment. Simple.
The California Kissin’ Moisturising lip balms from benefit are an easy-to-use, no mirror required lip balm that intensely hydrates while giving a lovely wash of colour. These little powerhouses contain humectant hyaluronic acid that help to really draw out moisture from deep within the skin. The result? Deeply moisturised, kiss-ready lips!
Multi-purpose make up is at its best with Rituel de Fille’sColour Nectar Pigment. These balms give a dewy finish for lips, cheeks and even eyes, thanks to an emollient formula that is easily buildable and ultra glow-giving. Coming in an array of colours, create a plethora of looks, from pretty, natural sheer lips to super pigmented, editorial-worthy make up looks. 
Rina Teslica
Writer and expert
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Rina is Cult Beauty’s Junior SEO Copywriter and has always had a passion for beauty and skin care (rich moisturisers are her obsession). What started as a love for The Body Shop and their famed Born Lippy lip balms (in ‘Watermelon’ of course!), she is now more interested in finding products with proven effectiveness instead of broken promises. A loud and proud VIEVE fan, Rina owns nearly every item of the range and recommends the brand to anyone who will listen... When she’s not intently reading ingredient lists, you can find her either immersed in multiple true crime podcasts or co-hosting her own parenting one, with an *extra* hot cappuccino in hand.