By Courtney Kretchman

February is a big mouth month around Los Angeles: whether flashing smiles for cameras on Awards Show red carpets or puckering up on Valentine’s Day, mouths tend to be in season this time of year.

With everything to stay on top of in our daily lives, most of us don’t spend time worrying about having camera-ready lips. Instead of grabbing our favorite go-to gloss for long evenings when our puckers need to last, Angelenos are relying on chunky color sticks. Formulas range from totally matte to satiny sheens—all are long-wearing, draw easily onto lips, and are evening clutch-friendly.


NARS Velvet Lip Pencils

Available in matte or gloss formulas, NARS Velvet Lip Pencils are a godsend, day or night. Some have shimmer, others give a natural wash of color. All have vitamin E, hyaluronic spheres, and a smooth buttery texture.

Suggested shade: Cythère, a soft metallic rose beige.

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BITE High Pigment Matte Lip Pencil

The BITE formula delivers a modern matte look that would pair well with a shimmering or smoky eye. Plus it’s packed with resveratrol for long-term anti-aging benefits. And the pencils are made exclusively with nurturing food-grade ingredients, said to be healthy enough to eat.

Suggested shade: Chablis, a soft coral rose.

Available at Sephora

TARTE LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint in Energy

Love this limited-edition tint! A shade of pink that’s natural, sheer, and different on every woman. The formula works with skin’s natural pH, giving lips a vitamin-rich, plumped, personalized pink. Even better, it’s got a natural minty taste – so you can give your kisses with confidence.

Available at Sephora.

Originally published February 2013
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