People Always Want to Know What's on My Lips, and I'm Finally Spilling

For me, makeup is a tool for self-expression. For a lot of people, makeup might be the finishing touch to an outfit, but for me, it’s the main event—I’ve been known to dress based on how I want to do my makeup, whether it’s a shock of blue eyeliner or a fiery-red lipstick. 

While I love playing around with eye makeup (I’ve been steadily re-creating all of my favorite looks from Euphoria season two), I consistently get the most compliments on my lips. My lips are one of my favorite features, and every time there’s a new lip launch, I’m always the first to jump on it. If you take a look inside any of my purses, you’ll find at least five lipsticks or glosses.

Who What Wear’s senior beauty editor, Erin Jahns, suggested I write about the lip products I’ve been using lately, so consider this my tell-all piece. Whether I want a wash of sheer color or a bright, showstopping look, I have a constant rotating arsenal of lip products that I keep on hand.


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Without further ado, here are the lip products I've been keeping on heavy rotation:


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I'm really not one for nude lipsticks, but when I tried this new Tom Ford color, I instantly fell in love. It's a peach-leaning nude, which really accentuates my lips and adds warmth. I think this does exactly what a good nude lipstick is supposed to, which is to make your lips look like a better version of themselves.


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Brown lipstick is having a major moment right now—especially brown lip liner. If anyone else is a Katie Jane Hughes devotee (guilty), you've definitely seen her line her lips with Make Up For Ever's Endless Cacao pencil. I had the privilege of having Hughes do my makeup recently, and she used the pencil. Ever since, I can't stop reaching for this lipstick combo, especially when I want to emulate Maddy from Euphoria


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I didn't used to be a gloss person, but recent formulas, like this hydrating and plumping gloss from Caliray, have me doing a total 180. This gloss isn't sticky at all, and it gives just the slightest hint of color, which is perfect for a bold-liner look such as this one. 


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In case you weren't aware, pink makeup is having a major moment. I almost never wear pink lip products—I usually opt for something more neutral or a red—but when I do want something pink, I go for this tinted lip oil from Merit. It's a lip oil, but the color payoff is insane. One swipe gives you high-impact color and makes your lips the star of the show.


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When Marie Lodi wrote a review of Kolorete's hydrating lipstick balms, I knew I needed to get my hands on them immediately, if not sooner. I think this color speaks for itself—it's absolutely gorgeous. The lipstick is also intensely moisturizing, which I love since there's nothing I hate more than my lips feeling dry under a bold formula. 


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This tinted balm gives you the Parisian-girl lips of your dreams. Use it to give yourself that flushed, just-finished-kissing-someone look that French girls are known for perfecting. 


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As I previously mentioned, I'm such a sucker for a bold red lip. If you look at my lipstick collection, you'll see approximately 15 variations of red lipstick—and no, I'm really not exaggerating. If I want a red lipstick that really stands out and makes people do a double take, I love to over-line my Cupid's bow just a smidge and finish it off with a little bit of glassy gloss through the center of my lips. 


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The thing I love about this particular shade of Chanel lipstick is that it's more berry-red than firetruck-red, but it's still bright. It also wears beautifully and doesn't dry out lips like many matte formulas do. 

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.