But there's reason to be this summer, as on July 6th we'll be celebrating International Kissing Day! So pucker up with our pick of the best liners, balms and lipsticks alongside a whole hoard of celebrity tips courtesy of Max Factor make-up artist Caroline Barnes. You're welcome!
The new make-up bag essential:
If rocking a bold lip isn't your thang, reach for the brand new Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms, £8.99. One swipe of this super-nourishing wonder balm will leave behind a subtle sheen of colour which you can intensify depending on how you feel.
We're obsessed with Exquisite Caramel and Voluptuous Pink especially, but you can choose from an array of nudes, corals and vibrant reds.
Caroline's top tip: Apply the Colour Intensifying Balm straight from the bullet. The first layer will give you a sheer texture. Keep Layering for a stronger colour.
The celebrity favourite:
The whole Kardashian-Jenner clan rely on lip liner to provide them with their enviable plump pouts - and it's always gotta be nude. Kylie rarely leaves the house without defining her lips with the M.A.C Lip Pencil in 'Spice', £12.50 and loves to fill them in with the 'Whirl' shade for extra definition.
If you're on a beauty budget, the Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in Pink Petal will do the trick and it's a steal at £4.99!
Caroline's top tip: Lining your lips with lip liner will help creative a definitive line. Start at the Cupid's bow and work outwards. Blend with a small brush to avoid a harsh line.
The new bold:
Shun reds for pastels this summer thanks to the lipstick geniuses at MDMflow. We can't get enough of Milkshake, a cutesy pink shade that - get this - becomes brighter each time you rub your lips together! Choose from 9 covetable shades including Rita Ora style reds and Rihanna-esque cherry hues - we're obsessed.
Caroline's top tip: Apply the All Day Flawless 3.-in-1 Foundation over lips before lipstick - this creates a nude canvas which will help the colour pop.
Clear things up:
Beach holidays and sweaty festivals call for a make-up bag re-jig. Ditch the colour for a subtle gloss that requires virtually no maintenance and pick up the Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm, £19.80. Just a few dabs of this beauty hero is enough to banish dry, chapped skin - and it emphasises your natural lip colour. We're completely sold!
Caroline's top tip: Exfoliate lips with a baby toothbrush to achieve a soft, smooth base.
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