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12 Best Lip Masks to Soften Lips 2024, According to Editors

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Our lips can get chapped and tender no matter the season, but the best lip mask — an intensive formula that’s often thicker and more nourishing than even the best lip balms — can offset dryness and soften, smooth, and plump the lips. Unlike balms, lip oils, and lip glosses, they’re intended to last even longer than their lightweight counterparts, so you don’t have to reapply quite so often. For that reason, these lip products work best in your nighttime lip-care routine (although you can slather it on anytime if your lips need the extra TLC).

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Emollients like ceramides and fatty acids often do much of the heavy lifting in lip masks, but, as with face masks, you can find other active ingredients in there, too, for more targeted results. For instance, you can find formulas that exfoliate (making quick work of flakes) and offer a subtle plumping effect, as well as others that boost collagen production to tackle fine lines around the mouth. Slather on these moisturizing lip treatments while you sleep, commute to work, or whenever you need long-lasting hydration. With that, keep scrolling to explore the best lip mask of every variety.

All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

  • Best Overall: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”61d8a74564960bb638dc89f2″,”index”:0,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:””,”price”:”$24″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:””,”sellerName”:”Amazon”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:”″,”price”:”$25″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:””,”sellerName”:”Sephora”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best Overall: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

    Why It’s Worth It: Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is an all-time Allure editor-favorite — and it took home a 2023 Readers’ Choice Award, proving it’s a go-to among readers, too. (You can also find it all over TikTok. Just pointing it out.) Its über-thick formula, enhanced by shea and murumuru butters, plus antioxidants like vitamin C, falls somewhere between a balm and a cream and works its magic by slowly melting into your lips overnight. Come morning, lips look and feel as soft and supple as ever.

    Editor Tip: In addition to Original (which is pictured here), the lip mask also comes in Vanilla, Sweet Candy, and Gummy bear, if those pique your interest. Plus, Laneige launches a bunch of limited-edition flavors each year — including a Butter flavor inspired with the one and only BTS) — so keep an eye out.

    Key Ingredients: Shea butter, murumuru butter, vitamin C | # of Shades: 6

  • Best Plumping: Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”65b130ea68eefa9bc97ec055″,”index”:1,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:”″,”price”:”$22″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”″,”sellerName”:”Sephora”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:””,”price”:”$22″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:””,”sellerName”:”Amazon”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:””,”price”:”$22″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:””,”sellerName”:”Lawless Beauty”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best Plumping: Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask

    Why It’s Worth It: For plumper lips, few masks can stand up to Lawless Forget The Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask, which gradually boosts volume and nourishes very dry lips. (One Allure contributor uses it morning, night, and throughout the day.) While the brand’s beloved lip plumpers also contain MaxiLip, a peptide-packed complex, this formula doubles the amount — and packs ceramides, shea butter, and not one, not two, but eight different forms and weights of hyaluronic acid.

    Editor Tip: MaxiLip, the patented ingredient in the mask that uses a peptide to boost collagen and hyaluronic acid production, has been shown to increase collagen by 351%. “The moment you put it on, your lips feel quenched, and the amazing thing is that the feeling stays for hours,” Allure contributor Jessica Ourisman said in her review.

    Key Ingredients: MaxiLip, shea butter, hyaluronic acid | # of Shades: 4

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