Let’s get one thing right off the bat: We’re not — we’re sorry, we’re not — suggesting you’re trading lip balm for a lip mask. Lip balms are, for good reason, a favorite staple beauty product and deserve to have a spot in your purse, pocket, nightstand and you get the idea. We would also suggest that a lip mask is not a substitute for a balm but a better match instead.
When your pout is chapped in particular, whether you need a plumping boost, whether when you’re only looking for a Sunday self-care routine with your ‘Netflix and mask,’ that’s when you hit a lip mask.
The ones below are a great place to start, offering benefits (and more) in terms of hydration, smoothing, softening and plumping. Take one, and pick one up.
Now, here are the best lip masks to try:
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
The Lip Butter Balm from Summer Fridays is not technically called a mask, but it sure looks like one. The ultra-rich consistency wraps lips that are considered to nourish dry skin in a blanket of calming butters, like shea and murumuru. It also contains vegan waxes that make the formula extra thick and user-friendly — especially if you struggle with dry or cracked lips. Definitely not affecting the delicate vanilla taste either.
Tarte’s Sea Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask
Tarte’s Sea Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask, available in three lip-enhancing hues, is ideal for anyone who likes a little gloss to their lips. Infused with hyaluronic acid to quench dry lips, it leaves the lip smooth, flexible and smelling sweet, along with avocado, jojoba and argan oils to lock in moisture.
Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
For their potent antioxidant benefits, the Milk Makeup’s Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask contains hyaluronic acid and a combination of goji, acai, blueberry and blackberry extract. This not only tastes good, but after only one use it makes the lips look more plumper, fuller and smoother.
Henné Organics Lip Mask
Henné’s Organics Lip Mask is made from ultra-nourishing oils such as rosehip, avocado, sweet orange peel, and jojoba (that’s four of many), and comes from a company devoted to lip treatment, so you know it’s real. The sweet, citrus-and-vanilla fragrance carries it over the top. Healthy part? Leave it on if you like — lip masks like this one have no limit as their sole function is to soothe, plump, and moisturize.
Sara Happ The Sweet Clay Lip Mask
Sara Happ is known for her exquisite lip treatments, and The Sweet Clay Lip Mask (a go-to for Sarah Kinonen, Skin-care editor) is no exception. Comprising deep-cleaning bentonite clay, nourishing shea butter, and an Ayurvedic herb from the Himalayas known as Swertiamarin, this mask means business. The bubblegum-pink shade will make your lips look like you’ve caked them in icing when wearing it, but if you ask us, that’s a bonus. For soft and supple lips that appear noticeably smoother after one use, apply it weekly or nightly.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
This smooth, jelly-like balm, thick, luxurious and super hydrating, is like a deep conditioning treatment for your lips: Agave nectar and lanolin offer a dose of long-lasting moisture, while a heavy dose of antioxidants (literally three times the amount found in a red wine serving) protects your pout from the elements. It’s best worn as an overnight mask, but the formula also comes for daytime wear in two super-pretty sheer, glossy shades (a gold-flecked rose and a bright, rosy red).