Can a lipstick—this lipstick I’m wearing—lift your mood? That’s what I researched for @allure when I came upon a tinted lip balm that claimed to clinically increase in your saliva the level of serotonin—a neurotransmitter often referred to as “the happiness hormone”—with a slick. (Serotonin, as most of you know, is at play in many meds for depression, anxiety, and OCD.) At link in bio, read the full “lipvestigation,” as one of my sources, psychiatrist @doctorsuevarma, called it (I’ve got an emoji equation for that, because I have an emoji equation for everything:💄🧐).
Then swipe through here to discover the lip picks of top beauty pros @carlycardellino, @marurala, @jamierosennyc, and @meiravd—the colors and formulas they rely on to give a little pep on crap days. Having spent 11 years myself as a beauty editor—pre my health-editor career—I’ve seen the power a lipstick can have on someone’s mood. It may seem superficial, but the lipstick effect is real.
What’s your favorite lipstick or, for dudes, clothing item or fragrance that does a little magic, however temporary? Tell me, tell me!