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5 lip oils to hydrate that pout, because balms are so last decade

Lip balms, what? Lip oils are what you need for soft, hydrated and glossy lips.

We all have that trusty pot (or stick) of lip balm handy to relieve chapped lips. They’ve been around for as long as we can remember, and are foolproof. But have you heard of lip oils?

Unlike balms which only coats the surface of your lips – which may explain why you’re always reapplying them – lip oils go deep into the skin. While the thought of applying oil on lips may not sound appealing, it’s actually easy as it’s not sticky and glides on extremely smooth. The shine will then fade, which means its ingredient have been absorbed, keeping your lips hydrated from the inside out.

Lip oils are also usually made out of natural ingredients, such as sunflower, jojoba and Argan oil. If you worry about fragrance, avoid them as those that contain fragrances tend to be drying. To lock in the moisture even further, you can apply a layer of lip balm on top to keep all the good stuff in — that’s double the protection for your lips.

Here are five to try out:


Dior Lip Glow Oil not only moisturises but also enhances the natural colours of your bare lips — even after five days of application. Its formula is enriched with cherry oil, that forms a protective layer on your lips against drying and stress factor while nourishing it. The product reacts directly to the moisture level of your skin, giving it a customised colour.

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This lip oil has the properties of both an oil and a serum. Its revitalizing formula, consisting of rich flower oils such as camellia, rose and lavender, leaves your lips feeling soft and supple the next day. It’s luxurious yet weightless, even if it’s a combination of a serum and treatment oil.

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There’s not one but five forms of coconut in this product as well as vitamin E and aloe vera for extra nourishment. This lip oil instantly relieves dryness upon application. Wear it alone for a healthy-looking sheen, before lipstick to prep lips, or as a topper for that extra shine.



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Clarins Comfort Lip Oil is powered by plant-based active ingredients. These ingredients are carefully selected by Clarins’ experts, ensuring that they provide optimum nutrition and comfort when used on the lips. It leaves a shiny but non-sticky finish with a subtly sweet taste.


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Maracuja oil is no stranger to the Tarte brand — there’s even a bottle of the multi-purpose oil on its own. This new lip oil from Tarte uses said oil as its key ingredient, along with macadamia seed oil, safflower seed oil, olive fruit oil, vitamin E and acai to further nourish the lips.

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Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.