Do you have an unnatural aversion to classic lipstick? Too much color, gets on your teeth, difficult to apply, etc., etc., You’re not the only one, and the beauty industry is sympathetic to your plight: Sheer lipsticks–tubes that can be applied without looking in a mirror–are all the rage right now.
Of course, sheer lipsticks with nourishing qualities are nothing new. Clinique made its first Chubby stick in the late ’90s (who remembers the originals? You had to sharpen them!). The company re-released a more hydrating version that you didn’t have to sharpen back in 2011, and lots of other companies followed suit–there are plenty of crayon-like sheer lip products out there now.
They’re not lip balms or lip glosses or even lipsticks exactly (and not all are in crayon form–Chanel and Dior both released luxe versions of sheer lipstick back in 2011, too), but rather a newfangled hybrid of all three. And they’re one of the more practical beauty products to come down the pike. Most provide a wash of color, meaning you don’t need to be precise with application. Unlike some classic lippies–especially the matte ones–these also provide some level of hydration, making them balm-like. And finally, they provide a shiny, but not sticky, finish.
We chatted with Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist, about how to wear the Chubby stick–her advice works for this whole category of lip products. “I would recommend starting with a first layer of color and then building more color if needed. It all depends on the desired look,” she told us. “My favorite way to wear [them] is to generously apply all over the lips then lightly blot down with a finger to soften the edges and color for a hassle-free lip look.” You don’t need a mirror. You can even do it after a few glasses of wine. (Guilty.)
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