The Best Lip Treatments

Delicate skin needs special care in January. These six new picks do it best.

1

Best Makeup Remover

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e.l.f. Studio Kiss It Goodbye Lip Color Remover
It looks like gloss, but it actually erases stubborn stains. Apply it over colored lips, wait a few seconds, then wipe off. "It got rid of everything without any scrubbing," said a tester.

To buy: $3, elfcosmetics.com

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2

Best Budget

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ChapStick Total Hydration 100% Natural
A creamier version of the classic, this upgrade has shea butter and argan oil to give it slip without feeling slick. "It's a lifesaver when I go skiing," said a tester.

To buy: $3, walmart.com and amazon.com.

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3

Best Scrub

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H&M Beauty Clean Canvas Lip Scrub
Made with ultra-fine sugar granules, this gentle scrub removes flakes without being too abrasive. Use it to prep lips for bold color or to help a moisturizer penetrate better.

To buy: $10, hm.com.

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4

Best Natural

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Juice Beauty USDA Organic Lip Moisturizer
Nature-derived conditioning ingredients, such as cocoa butter, melt into lips and keep them soft for hours. The silky formula "isn't sticky at all," said a tester. Bonus: It smells like a Creamsicle.

To buy: $15, juicebeauty.com

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5

Best Splurge

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Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm
Yes, it's pricier than the average lip treatment, but you need only a tiny dab of this ultra-hydrating salve to coat lips, leaving behind a "soft pink sheen" and a "plump finish."

To buy: $30, fresh.com

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6

Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Eye & Lip Contour

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Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Eye & Lip Contour
This anti-ager uses botanicals and hyaluronic acid to treat grooves—everything from crow's-feet to lip lines—making them look smoother. "It's not thick or heavy. It sinks into skin," said a tester.

To buy: $49, us.nuxe.com (available in February). 

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