Gucci Westman’s New, Next-Level
Lip Tints Are Sheer and Sexy
Westman Atelier drops are a big deal around here: Everything founder and makeup artist Gucci Westman makes is immediately indispensable, cool, original, and as luxe and covetable as it gets. Her new Squeaky Clean Liquid Lip Balm—a gorgeously textured, beautifully pigmented sheer lip treatment that requires no mirror, looks stunning on all skin tones, and is a delight to swipe on—comes in six shades, and we want them all.
“It’s not your typical gloss or balm,” Westman says. The finish is different, for one thing: “It had to feel weightless and super nourishing at the same time, and then I wanted it sheer and lustrous.” It took her years to perfect, and the result is the dream lip color–balm hybrid. “Think of it as a natural tone-booster that doesn’t give a ‘lipstick’ effect—just smooth, healthy-looking, amplified lips,” she says.
The soft, supple texture and the ultrahydrating formula (it has jojoba, almond, and argan oils, so no need to layer balm underneath) go on with a custom paddle-shaped applicator that widens slightly at the tip. “The applicator makes it easier to put on and delivers the perfect amount of pillowy saturation,” says Westman. It’s also worth calling out the impossibly sleek tube—a mix of matte and glossy black, with a window to reveal the shade inside and, if you look closely, the brand’s name in tiny transparent letters.
There are six colors, ranging from beautiful soft pinks and nudes to deeper reds and berries. While each looks especially fresh on its own, Westman created two looks for us here—one glowy and natural, the other with a little more oomph—along with easy tips on how to do each yourself.
Glowing Skin and Natural Lips
Perfect Your Skin
“Use a concealer brush to spot-check red areas,” says Westman. “Or use the foundation brush if you want a little more coverage.”
“Use a contour stick to sculpt and define your face subtly,” says Westman. “Then sweep a bit of bronzer all over skin for a natural warmth. Finish with a glowy highlighter, like the shades Brûlée or Nectar, along the tops of your cheekbones.”
“Do just one pass for natural, fluttery, wide-awake lashes,” says Westman. “You’ll get definition that looks natural.”
Play Up Your Own Lip Color
“Finish with a swipe of Squeaky Clean in a shade that mimics your natural lip color—Nana is a cool beige shade, and Garçonne is a warm rose,” says Westman.
“I love a bright lip with dewy skin and super black lashes,” says Westman. “It’s so pretty.”
Give Your Skin a Dewy Finish
“Start with the concealer-and-foundation routine above as you need it, and then for that amplified radiance, dust on a touch of warm tinted powder highlighter all over your skin,” she says.
Wash Your Lips in Color
“I love a raspberry like Ma Puce or, for something bright and bricky, try Pipsqueak,” says Westman. “You can definitely build up the color a bit by adding more coats, but it’s meant to be a sheer pop of color. For something more supercharged in terms of pigment, layer Squeaky Clean over Lip Suede in Les Rouges.”
Final Touch: Inky Mascara
“Finish with a few lengthening coats of Eye Love You Mascara in Clean Black,” says Westman.