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Self-adjusting lip products

These lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms activate on contact to give you a flattering custom color. (Photo: Jon Paterson)

Spring Beauty Trend: Color-Adjusting Lip Products

Joanna Douglas
Senior Editor

Makeup artists often say “there’s a red lipstick for everyone.” Well, as someone who has tried and failed with dozens of tubes over the years, I personally don’t agree. In fact, I believe that finding a vibrant lip color that’s truly flattering isn’t always as easy as it sounds. That’s why I love color-adjusting lipsticks and glosses. Almost like a mood ring, these products contain colorants or encapsulated pigments that activate as soon as they hit your lips. By removing the guesswork, they brighten up your natural lip color to an ultra-flattering custom hue that magically works for everyone. I’ve been obsessed with under-the-radar lip enhancers for years, and finally beauty brands have caught on with tubes, sticks, and pencils at a variety of price points. Here are 13 color-adjusting lip products worth trying.