What makes lip balms, WFH’s best accessory? Advice on how to use them and what to pick up alongside seven tinted lip balms available in India

Lip Balms are probably the only thing that almost every woman we know owns. Even those who gawk at highlighter or snicker at contouring. With 2020, getting us back into basics, and work-from-home alongside zoom calls giving us a barely-there makeup look, lip balms have once again become the mainstay in our beauty box. Lip balms come with multiple benefits – they moisturise dry, chapped lips, come in wonderful, assorted flavours and they soften the lips making them supple and smooth. They relieve discomfort, some even help you with pigmentation on the lips and prevent ageing. And with tinted lip balms, there is the added attraction of stunning colour, multiple ingredients and flavours that put you up to a good mood. How are they different from lipsticks? They’re more hydrating, more nourishing and come with brighter, more lush pigments so you don’t miss the glam side of things. And of course, the darker you want, the more pigment you need, you can choose flavours or colours that work for you.

Pic via Benefit India featuring Kat Diaries

Benefit Cosmetics just launched 12 amazing hues of their new California Kissin’ ColorBalm (Rs 1,950. Available at Sephora India) and they’re hella pigmented. “For the Indian market, I think Ruby, Wine and Berry will be big sellers as well as spiced Red which reflect a little more of an earthy brown red,” advises Maggie Ford Danielson, the Chief Beauty Ambassador at Benefit Cosmetics and the daughter and niece of co-founders’ Jean & Jane Ford.

So, what makes lip balms, WFH’s best accessory? Here’s Maggie’s take.

How to prep your lips

I brush my lips with a soft toothbrush in the shower to exfoliate. As for me, ruling out matte lipsticks that tend to dry my lips out, has been a boon.

Lip hacks that work

The rule I like is to look at the inside of your lower lip and try to match that shade for your true “nude”.  My lips tend to be fairly flushed naturally so a “nude” for me would actually be quite pink.  Also if you tend to get lipstick on your teeth after you apply it, stick your pinky finger in-between your pursed lips and gently draw it out while keeping your lips tight around your finger. It removes any lipstick that might have migrated to  the inside of your lips.

Lip balms for work from home

Multi- tasking to the max!  Use a soft pink or berry in the morning to perk up your look and it’s appropriate no matter what life throws at you that day. Home schooling, zoom meetings, yoga class or maybe a socially distanced walk with friends. Working from home used to imply barefaced and in PJ’s but now it’s all about highly effective, multi functioning products that help you get through your day.

Lip balms replacing lipsticks 

Everyone needs their makeup to work overtime this year. Not because we are wearing it from our desks to the restaurants and beyond..it’s because we need to rely on our products to perform and last.  No one needs the extra stress of worrying about their makeup.  Lipstick while beautiful, it time consuming to apply, and tends to be somewhat of a “look”. Lip balms are much more versatile while still giving you the colour payoff of a lipstick and the added benefit of being a high-performing balm.

The best tinted lip balms to buy in 2021 according to LSA

Innisfree My Lip Balm in Wild Hibiscus, Rs 750

Innisfree My Lip Balm
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Sephora Collection Lip Balm in Cherry, Rs 600

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Huda Beauty Diamond Lip Balm in Seductress, Rs 2,000

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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in Berry, Rs 680

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Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm in Acai, Rs 1,950

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Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Melon, Rs 2,550

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Kiko Milano Konscious Vegan Lip Balm in Candid Heart, Rs 790

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.