Liquid lipsticks have been a hit ever since they first gained prominence in the beauty industry several years ago. With their long-lasting formulas, range of finishes and never-ending selection of statement shades, they’re a great, modern way to wear your best lipstick.
Yes, we all love a classic bullet lipstick, but a liquid formula often provides day-to-night wear which never fades. They’re usually incredibly highly pigmented too, making them perfect for making a statement whatever the occasion. Liquid lipsticks look lovely in the office in subtle, nudey-pink hues, while vibrant reds and oranges will brighten up a LBD at a party.
There are so many options nowadays when it comes to liquid lipsticks. From new high-shine vinyl formulas from Buxom and demi-matte options from Huda Beauty, to old classics from brands such as Stila and Kat Von D, we’re all about these wearable, luxurious liquid lipsticks. You’ll definitely be able to find your best nude lipstick in a liquid formula.
Our top tips for wearing liquid lipstick? First, prep your lips by blotting any excess or oil, then apply a sheer balm to ensure a nourished base. Next, use a lip liner in the closest shade to your chosen liquid lipstick, and delicately line the lips to accentuate and define. Once complete, fill in your lips with your chosen liquid lipstick for the perfect pout.
Now you’re ready to apply your chosen colour. Start with the bottom lip and ensure all edges are reached, before working on your upper lip.
Check in the mirror to make sure there are no smudges or colour outside the lip-lined edges, and finish by sucking your thumb in a quick ‘popping’ motion to stop any of the colour from transferring to your teeth. This is especially important if you’ve picked a bright, bold shade.
Browse our edit of the very best liquid lipsticks below for the very best buys – happy swatching!
If it's rich colour that you're after, look no further than Illamasqua's latest lip launch, the Loaded Lip Polish. Rich colour with a high-shine, creamy finish makes these lip colours a thumbs up from us.
We all love a higher-end buy, but these e.l.f formulas are just as impressive for a fraction of the price. If you prefer a sheer, natural finish rather than highly-pigmented deep colour, these are for you.
Highly pigmented with a huge range of shades, these handbag-friendly Lip Magnets are ultra-longlasting and feel luxurious (never dry) on lips. Opt for the shade 'Fire' for a universally flattering hot red.
Velvety and creamy, this formula is infused with nourishing coconut oil for a wearable, comfortable matte finish. We love the shade Blushy, a gorgeous soft pink.
Perfect for an ultra-matte finish, Too Faced's formula provides fullness and beautiful colour. It's packed full of avocado oil and vitamin E, so lips stay moisturised. Opt for the shade Granny Panties for a brave grey-purple pout.
Famed for this stunning orange-hued red named Riviera, we're big fans of Hourglass' take on the liquid lipstick. The range of bright, bold hues will brighten up even the dullest of days (or outfits).
Offering a super-matte 'suede' finish, Lime Crime's liquid lipsticks come in 28 beguiling shades including a neon hot pink (Utopia) and a jet black (Black Velvet).
Stila has become our go-to brand for their muted wearable reds and nude liquid lipsticks. With 6+ nude options, there's a shade for everyone. Pair your new pout with a super-sexy smoky eye.
Designed to contour the lips as well as add colour and definition, these are the ultimate multitasker. Containing firming actives and hydrating hyaluronic acid, lips are kept moisturised and looking plump. This Dangerous Liason shade is an ultra-flattering rusty warm rose.
Super shiny in finish, NARS' newest liquid lipstick is like a highly pigmented gloss that looks amazing on a night out or for a special occasion. Choose the shade Red District if you want heads to turn.