5 Nontoxic Lipsticks For Your New Year's Kiss
New Year's Eve is a time of year when everybody gets a free pass for wearing sparkles. Not that you need one, of course, but if you're normally a bit more reserved or natural in your daily makeup choices, it's the perfect night to play with going bold.
Now, at the tail end of 2017, it seems that the natural space has finally mastered safe formulations of bright, bold, statement-making lip color. Burt's Bees, Kosas, Kjaer Weis, and RMS all released new, deeply pigmented shades this year and Bite Beauty, a longtime nontoxic brand, developed a clean holiday collection exclusively for Sephora. While these are all excellent New Year's Eve picks, they'll serve you all winter long. Pro tip: If your lips are cracked, peeling, chapped, or dry, you'll want to prep your pout. Try exfoliating your lips at night by gently brushing them with your toothbrush, and apply a healing occlusive like coconut oil or, if your lips are quite chapped and in need of intense healing, Aquaphor. You'll wake up with smooth lips that are perfectly primed.
Here are the top nontoxic, highly pigmented, lipstick picks:
1. Burt's Bees Satin Lipstick in Russet River
This one wins for its conditioning properties—packed with nourishing ingredients like lanolin, vitamin E, and moringa seed oil that moisturize lips, which is especially important this time of year. High-pigment lipsticks tend to be dry, but not this one. The satin version promises eight hours of wear. A true oxblood, the deep, warm shade is perfect for '90s fans, worn with a choker and a flannel, or can be jazzed up for a festive, formal night out.
Burt's Bees Satin Lipstick in Russet River ($9)
2. Kosås Lipstick in Darkroom
Kosås is the best naturally formulated lipstick around. If you're new to green beauty, miss your NARS, or simply love a bold lip without the toxins, Kosås should be your new go-to. They've developed a range of universally flattering shades in a lightweight formula that doesn't feel at all like lipstick, thanks to a super dose of green tea, rosehip, and grapeseed oils—all natural antioxidants. Darkroom is a buildable deep plum, which is great for transition from a casual daytime look to evening.
Kosås Lipstick in Darkroom ($28)
3. RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rebound
RMS's concentrated pigmented color is about as red as it gets. Released earlier this year, Rose Marie Swift's lipsticks are formulated like her famous Un Cover-Up—a little goes a long way, even with the rich oil base. Rebound is a ruby, statement-making red that doesn't come near "clown" territory. Subtle cool undertones make this a wearable red, indeed.
RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rebound ($28)
4. Bite Beauty Lipstick in Amuse Bouche Spiced Plum
Bite Beauty is the most festive of the bunch without a doubt—it sparkles, the shade is called "Amuse Bouche Spiced Plum," and naturally it's part of the holiday kiss collection. The shimmery pinky purple shade is perfect for New Year's Eve and it's formulated without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.
Bite Beauty Lipstick in Amuse Bouche Spiced Plum ($26)
5. Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Adore
The warmer sister to RMS's rebound, Kjaer Weis' Adore lipstick imparts an instant old-Hollywood glam. With a touch of shine and a deep, deep hue, it rivals conventional beauty counterparts. Bonus? All Kjaer Weis products are designed to be refillable, which is helpful to the environment. It can be worn as a gloss or built into a concentrated red lip for all of your New Year's needs.
Kjaer Weis Lipstick in Adore ($56)