The 9 Best Shades for Lips and Cheeks

In the world of dual-use beauty products, few are more versatile (or foolproof) than a lip and cheek tint. To make sure they’re not cakey and easy to smudge, the best lip and cheek tints are usually infused with conditioning ingredients like shea butter, squalane, and avocado oil. Lip and cheek tints also come in many different forms: cream formulas are nice and buildable, and you’ll usually see them packaged in tiny mirror compacts or as retractable poles that you can glide directly onto your cheeks and lips. For something lighter, there are also cream-gels and water-gels, which may be best for oily skin (or just hot summer days). These days, you can even find lip and cheek tints that provide extra sun protection — you said these products were versatile.

If you’re not sure what lip and cheek color to use, base your choice on your budget and preferred shade. really, you can’t go wrong with any of the options here. From adorably packaged Korean gel shades, to a cream compact designed by Kristin Stewart’s makeup artist, to a splurge-worthy stick made with all-natural ingredients, there’s something for everyone on this list.

The Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tint is a holy grail product for Elite Daily editor Caroline Goldstein. She says, “I hardly leave the house (or hop on a Zoom call) without dabbing this shade onto my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose, and onto my eyelids. The pigment is fresh, natural-looking, with the tiniest dewy finish, and the creamy texture blends beautifully. It just makes me look like a happier, healthier, more awake version of myself.

I didn’t even know what a lip and cheek tint was until I came across Stila Convertible Color in college, and I’ve kept one of these compacts in my makeup collection ever since. The mirror compact is handy to keep in your purse and the formula blends like a dream, leaving behind a surprisingly impressive amount of color. In this formula, ingredients like castor seed oil and vitamin E leave skin feeling soft (yes, even your lips, which tend to get dry when you layer on tint). The nude pink ‘Lillium’ shade (pictured here) is my favorite, but the peachy ‘Petunia’ shade is another favourite, especially in the summer months when paired with tanned skin.


Best Drugstore Lip and Cheek Stick

This lip and cheek stick has over 8,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, and it also happens to be the cheapest product on the list. Elf monochromatic multi stick Applies like a cream but dries to a powdery finish, and the cruelty-free formula is infused with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to leave skin feeling silky smooth while imparting a gentle wash of color. And thanks to the stick’s shimmering finish, you can add a highlighter to its many lists of uses.


Best natural lip and cheek stick

Made with plant- and mineral-derived pigments and other naturally-derived ingredients — many of which are organic (like shea butter, argan oil, and coconut oil) — this best-in-class saddle multistick is the best choice for dry skin because it’s super nourishing and easy to blend, even on flaky patches. Suitable for use on lips, cheeks and eyelids, the small twist design makes it super wearable, and it comes in eight great buildable colors.


Best Korean Water Gel Tint

Nobody makes lip and cheek tints like Korean beauty brands, and this Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint also happens to have the cutest packaging. To mimic the popsicle-like effect you get from a lip stain, these watery gel shades come in mini colored popsicles, the sticks of which house a doe-foot saturated applicator. Whether you choose an understated apricot or a rich berry red, all shades are formulated with fruit extracts to deliver weightless hydration to your skin. For the gradient effect so popular in the Korean beauty world, start by concentrating the shade on the inner side of your lips, working the color outward as it begins to fade.

Another great Korean lip and cheek shade, this creamy balm, which contains rich and nourishing shea butter, is an excellent choice for dry skin (or dry lips). It ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a multi-use tint: it’s buildable, non-sticky, easy to blend, and easy to blend. It also comes in a nice squeezable pouch that won’t take up space in your pocket or bag, and rings in at a reasonable price of $10. What’s not to like?


Best tint for lips and cheeks with SPF

A great choice for sunny days (and all beach lovers), Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm provides broad spectrum SPF 50 coverage that is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. The shimmer tinted sticks are non-comedogenic, oil-free, and fragrance-free, so they’re also great for sensitive and acne-prone skin. To care for and nourish your skin, these shades are formulated with moisturizers like squalane, jojoba esters and vitamin E, which contribute to their softness.

another amazing lip and cheek tint In stick form, ILIA’s long-lasting, cruelty-free herbal formula has won it numerous beauty awards from publications such as Byrdie and Seduce over the years. These splurge-worthy sticks – which are also beautifully (and sustainably) packaged – are made with certified organic, skin-pampering ingredients derived from nature, including sunflower seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and avocado oil, which makes this another great option for dry skin.

Super versatile and priced at just $8, this fan favorite lipstick from Dr. Lipp is worth shouting about. Unlike the other shades on this list, which are mostly sticks or gels, this is a glossy balm that can be used on your lips, cheeks, or lids. The color is derived from plants, and the balm itself has a base of lanolin – an ingredient that some people love for its moisturizing abilities, but some people are allergic to it, so keep that in mind when considering this product.

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