Whether you’re into traditional bullets, liquid lippies, prefer mattes, shimmer, or creams, lipstick should never be just another cosmetic item rolling around at the bottom of your makeup bag or even worse, diaper bag. When you find the right shade, lipstick can be a powerhouse mom’s best accessory. Even without having time to press our outfit (seriously?), straighten our hair or put on jewelry-this single item has us looking ready.
Diamonds cost an arm and a leg, but a good drugstore lipstick can cost you less than $10. Need we say more?
Need to slay all day? Maybelline’s SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks can help you with that. Bullet lipsticks certainly are not a thing of the past, but millennial mamas can’t get enough of these liquid formulas. (We feel like Kylie Jenner might be at least somewhat to blame here…) Anyway, Maybelline’s SuperStay formula is especially popular in this category and for good damn reason! Unlike a traditional gloss that yields a wet finish (and gets stuck to your hair every five f*cking seconds!), Maybelline’s lippies swipe on thanks to the precision tip applicator, stay matte, and actually last. For up to 16 hours, believe it or not. It’s definitely not your mother’s lipstick, but hey, who wants your mother’s lipstick anyway? This is so much better! The SuperStay collection features timeless shades like a classic bold red, romantic pinks, and day-to-night nudes. And come the end of the night, it’s not hard to wipe this stain off, either. A little bit of micellar water ought to do the trick.
Whether or not you regularly buy Burt’s Bees chap sticks, prepare to fall in love with their moisturizing lipsticks, mom. First of all, Burt’s is a brand all us true-blue granola moms can trust. Never any sh*tty ingredients and because of that, their lipsticks are completely hydrating, rather than some other crappy lipsticks that dry out your pout. If Blush Basin isn’t your color, Burt’s has 17 other sensual hues to choose from including Scarlet Soaked – a signature red – and Iced Iris – a more Disney princess-y pink. This stuff is 100% all-natural, which means it’s always formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, and SLS. Instead, these satin lipsticks are made with only the best ingredients. We’re talking beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry seed oil, and vitamin E – all of which do wonders to moisturize so your lips can be their plumpest, sleekest, glossiest selves. Oh, and if you’re into saving the environment and sh*t, there’s an added bonus. Burt’s Bees products are made with recyclable packaging too.
Want color that stays and cost less than a five-spot? NYX is your go-to brand, then. In fact, NYX is proof that best drugstore lipsticks matte, while cheap in price, don’t all have to be cheaply made. You’ll get the best of both worlds with a NYX stick – highly pigmented color that lasts long and most importantly, doesn’t break the bank. You could swipe on any of NYX’s Matte Lipsticks before dropping the kids at daycare, and we promise the color will have hardly faded by dinner. (Even after you slaved over a hot stove, Mom.) Not only is this brand known for its powerful colorstay, but its creamy formula, enhanced with bees and candelilla wax, has also generated some buzz that makes it well worth the $6 price point. And this brilliant red? Um, have you ever seen such a gorgeous staple red? It’s like Taylor Swift but without all the bullsh*t. Not to mention it’s creamy AF, never tough on your lips, and won’t cause that annoying chapping that always seems to happen after cheap lip products. If you want both inexpensive and classy, NYX is the way to go.
Oh, man, Mom. The best part about Tarte’s Pink Sands lipstick in soft pink isn’t its gorgeous, creamy satin finish or the cute little limited-edition turtle cap. No, it’s not that it’s a vegan lipstick or that it lasts comfortably for up to 12 hours of wear. The best part about this versatile makeup is its ingredients. Made from marine plant extracts, which help to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while working hard to soften and smooth skin, shea butter, and olive oil, the SEA Pink Color Splash Lipstick from Tarte gets Sephora’s Clean Seal of approval. That means no sulfates, SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, or other sh*tty additives that can cause harm. So, yes, moms, it’s totally possible to have a bomb a** lip color that makes you look and feel like a pop star, without having to sacrifice either price or your health. Now that really is as good as it gets!
Sometimes moms can get so caught up in being a parent, that they forget to let their personality come out to play. This Milani Color Statement lipstick in Raisin Berry will make sure that never happens again. Mom, this is no time to lose yourself in your family. In fact, if you feel yourself drifting, just slap this color on and run to the nail salon! There’s nothing a bold berry lip and a mani can’t fix – right? Make a statement about who you are outside finger paint-stained denim and boxed mac-and-cheese lunches with Milani’s Color Statement Lipsticks, which features 40 vibrant hues that range from Bahama Beige’s subtle nude, to the above Raisin Berry’s deep mauve. As good as these lipsticks look, they’ve been enhanced with vitamins A, C, and E to feel equally as luxurious and keep your lips from breaking apart, chapping, or getting too dry (especially in the winter).
Treating yourself before kids probably looks a little different from treating yourself with kids. But while designer bags and shoes – and let’s be honest, anything lighter than the color black (because you know, stains) – might not fit so nicely into the budget or your lifestyle as a parent, how about treating yourself to one of Charlotte Tilbury’s Hot Lips lipsticks? We realize Charlotte Tilbury is more department store than it is a drugstore lipstick, but we make exceptions when it comes to splurging on one of these statement shades. From Angel Alessandra’s pure nude, to Viva La Vergara’s rosy wine hue, mom makeup has never felt so glam. Your partner will notice, your friends will notice – hell, your kids will probably even notice! Just think of how absolutely bada** you’ll feel when everyone in your life starts complimenting how glam you look. And all because of a tube of lipstick!
It’s time to add the babysitter’s digits to speed dial, Mom. Trust us – you’re going to need it. With Rimmel London’s Provocalips adding vibrance to your pout, your partner will be demanding a lot more alone time – and ASAP. After all, this kiss-proof liquid lipstick is formulated so that you can live your best, most fun, and flirtiest life. Even if you’re married! Each shade boasts a flirtatious name to match its seductive, kissable hue. From Flirty Fling to Shore Thing, these lip glosses are not only make-out proof, but also transfer-proof and food-proof as well. Want to spring for the wine at dinner? Do it! You don’t need to worry about losing your pout in the process. Craving pasta? Go for it! We promise, this kiss-proof lippie won’t come off even with a good twirl of spaghetti. And hey – should you be so lucky as to get lucky after the date, then we’re pretty sure you don’t have to worry about Rimmel Provocalips fading then, either.
Kat Von D doesn’t f*ck around when it comes to makeup and you can bet she doesn’t f*ck around when it comes to vegan, cruelty-free products, either. The limited edition Studded Kiss Crème lipstick (in hue honeyed nude with a satin finish) is made specifically for beauty queens on the lookout for the perfect (cruelty-free and vegan) nude shade. It’s creamy, it’s plump, and it’s unbelievably pigmented. Plus, it’s never made with nasty sh*t like parabens that could threaten your health. Also, your kid might just love it, too… After all, it’s The Little Mermaid inspired – well, kinda. A part of the KVD Vegan Beauty x Divine Collection, the lipstick itself is an ode to Divine, the iconic drag queen who inspired The Little Mermaid’s villain, Ursula. Maybe that’s why the tube is so spiky?! So, whether you’re just doing a preschool pick-up at 12 in the afternoon or you’re hitting the town for a much-needed margarita night with your #MomFriends, this neon green studded tube is the perfect lipstick to take with you.
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