The best lipsticks for summer: Keep the shimmer subtle with sheer balm-tint hybrids


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A velvety matte lipstick can feel out of place in the summer months, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to a gloopy gloss as there is an abundance of sheer, lightweight and conditioning formulations on the market thanks to balm-tint hybrids which can be layered up to create a more intense colour.

I've never understood the appeal of a frosty finish – call me old fashioned but I think baked goods are the only thing that benefit from a dusting of icing sugar – so I for one am glad that most of them keep the shimmer subtle.

Jungle Queen

£20, Lipstick Queen,

Remember when leopard print was a fashion no-no? Now we're all feeling so feline, literal Lipstick Queen, Poppy King, has devised the perfect shade to wear with the print – a gorgeous orangey-coral.

Colour burst in lovesick 020

£7.99, Revlon,

Lovers of berry colours shouldn't just keep them for the winter months – this tempting shade will stay put for ages, and while not as nourishing as others, will last if you apply lip balm on top.


Cha cha balm


For those who don't want to go completely au naturel at the beach, this tinted balm will nourish while leaving just a hint of colour – the juicy shade may look adventurous in the tube, but is very flattering when on.

Sugar tinted lip treatment in cherry

£18, Fresh,

With sugar and an SPF15, this will gently smooth as it protects, plus load your lips with a punchy pigment – like a grown up cherry chapstick. Perfect for anyone who feels naked without red lipstick.

Lip balm crayon in 01 my pink


For fans of the natural look – this pale pink shade adds just a hint of long-lasting colour, while the delicate sheen is much more modern than a high-shine gloss.