15 Great Lip Products You Should Try If You’re A Lip Makeup Beginner

Makeup can be really fun once you start getting used to it, but let’s face it, it can be a little scary at the very beginning. What are the best products to start with? What’s the right shade for me? How many products do I need on my starter pack? What’s the difference between a lacquer, a tint, and a lipstick? It can get overwhelming really fast. But a good starting point is lip makeup.

While foundations, eyeshadow, highlighters, and other makeup steps may take a little longer to understand, lips are much easier. Yes, there are a million different products out there — and believe me, once you start you’ll want to try and own them all — but some can make it easy to start so you don’t feel too overwhelmed.

When talking lips, the trick is layers. Lightweight products let you control how intense you want the result to be, meaning you can use the same product to accomplish different shades and intensities for the same color, all before going into full coverage lacquers or lipsticks.

Feel like jumping onto the lipstick wagon? Here are some of the best lip products to start your makeup bag.

Finger Balms

First time applying makeup on your lips? Then familiarizing yourself with the shape of your lips is actually the first step! In order to do so, it’s way easier to start applying makeup with your fingers than a brush, a lip bar, or an applicator. Thankfully, there are tons of fun lip balms that come in “jar” format, which makes it easier for you to swipe your finger over them and then across your lips. This way you can start little by little, learning about the edges of your own lips, how far you can go, and how much product you want to apply.

Sound like a good start? Here are some of our favorites!

the SAEM – Saemmul Kiss Lip Balm

Holika Holika – Sweet Peko Lip Balm

It’s Skin – Macaron Lip Balm

Mood Balms

Once you’re ready to jump from fingers to actual bars, it’s good to start with a mood balm. These are almost clear lipsticks that, once you apply them, turn into a different shade depending on the temperature of your lips. The cool thing about these is how they’ll help you get used to the application method but also to see yourself in colored lips for the first time.

When choosing yours, make sure it turns into a shade you think you’d enjoy! While most of them look totally clear, or a light shade of pink on the lip bar, they’re meant to turn into a personalized shade of a specific color once applied to your lips. Reds and pinks are always safe, but if you’re feeling brave, then maybe go for an orange or purple!

Innisfree – My Lip Balm

Peripera – Butter Pang Lip Balm

CLIO – Mad Shine Lip

Lip Gloss

If you need to get used to actually have something on your lips before jumping into colors, then lip glosses can be the right choice for you. There are clear ones, there are light-colored ones, there are even some with glitter! A good lip gloss can not only keep your lips hydrated and shiny all day long, but also help you get used to the sensation of wearing something on your lips without the compromise of color.

These ones below are not only long-lasting but also not sticky, an important factor to keep in mind when picking a gloss.

3CE – Lip Gloss Angela

Etude House – Cherry Moisture Lip Glow

Missha – Pearl In Love

Lip Balms

Colored lip balms are definitely the best way to ease into lip makeup. They’re easy to apply, there are a huge range of colors to choose from, and they’ll keep your lips moisturized! A big part of wearing makeup involves taking care of your skin so your makeup looks smooth, and it’s the same with lips. A lip balm will make sure your lips not only look good, but stay healthy too. With lip balms, we go back to what I mentioned before: it’s all about layering. You can accomplish a very intense or very light look with the same lip balm; it’s all about how much you apply.

Dear Dahlia – Paradise Blooming Balm

Kaja – Mood Balm

Winky Lux – Flower Balm

Lip Tints

While lip tints are a great way to kick off your lip makeup journey, believe me, you’ll stick to them forever once you try one for the first time. The great thing about them is their texture: a super lightweight formula, almost completely liquid, that applies super easily and stays for a long time.

Going back to the same layering concept we’ve been talking about, tints can look absolutely different depending on how much and where you apply them. Looking for a light shade? Go for one layer. Want to try a bolder color? Try two or even three. Feel like testing out the famous ombré, or gradient look? Apply a layer just on the inner-center side of your lips and use a Q-tip to spread towards the outside.

Etude House – Dear Darling Water Gel Tint 

Peripera – Ink Gelato

Etude House – Soft Drink Tint

However it is that you start, remember that makeup is supposed to be fun! So experiment, try different things and find what you feel comfortable with. But above all, enjoy the ride!

Caromalis is a K-pop and K-beauty obsessed vlogger and writer. You can find her interviewing some of yours (and her) favorite groups when they visit NYC, trying the latest K-Beauty trends or testing idols’ skincare routines. Say hi to Caro on Instagram and Twitter!