Snow Queen: 10 Best White Lipsticks

kissing in a winter wonderland

by Mila Jaroniec

Lips white as snow, hair black as least that’s how it would start if Snow White were an art-house film. Cue shocking, underappreciated white lipstick: The ultimate multitasker and statement cosmetic, for all the kids who used to paint their nails with White-Out in grade school and are now in need of the adult equivalent. From corpse-paint mattes to shimmery sheers, read on to discover the shades and finishes that will get your lips best-dressed for the snowy season, whatever the weather.

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Ka'Oir Cosmetics Lipstick in Virgin

Hailed by beauty bloggers the world over, Instagram MUAs and celebs like Nicki Minaj, this fully opaque bright white is thick, creamy, non-drying, and a staple in your makeup kit. 

Ka'Oir Cosmetics, Virgin, $16.99, available at

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Portland Black Lipstick Company Lipstick in Snow Queen

A shimmery white lipstick in a balm-style tube that can be layered to opacity, Snow Queen is perfect for lightening and brightening and lends an ethereal look to lips. Extra points for the refreshingly minty taste.

Portland Black Lipstick Company, Snow Queen Lipstick, $14, available at

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Etherealle Vegan Lipstick in Marshmallow

Formulated with emollient-rich natural butters, this lipstick is smoothing and moisturizing while delivering the paint job of your dreams. Plus, it’s handcrafted and vegan, so what’s not to love?

Etherealle, Vegan White Lipstick, Marshmallow, $9.95, available at Etsy.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Drug Lord

Stop the search: This super-opaque, super-matte liquid lipstick with a doe-foot applicator is the closest we can get to actual White-Out. Plus, it’s eye safe, so it doubles as a liquid eyeliner.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Vendor Liquid Lipstick, Drug Lord, $18, available at

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Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Ice Queen

A white lipstick for those who fear white lipstick, this warm-toned topcoat with a bit of gold shimmer adds dimension to bare lips and livens up lipstick without veering into unnatural territory.

Lipstick Queen, Ice Queen Lipstick, $24, available at

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Impulse Cosmetics Lipstick in Blow

Unlike its namesake, this non-drying semi-matte is super-affordable and lets you experiment with the color without taking a hit to the bank account.

Impulse Cosmetics, Opaque Matte Lipstick, Blow, $6.99, available at

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NYX Macaron Lippie in Coconut

A great lightening agent, this semi-opaque lipstick can be used as a basecoat to lighten up lips or layered for an icy hue.

NYX Cosmetics, Macaron Lippies, Coconut, $6, available at

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Bite Beauty Opal Lip Gloss

Like white itself, this gloss reflects all colors, lending your lips a dimensional, pearlescent glow.

Bite Beauty, Opal Lip Gloss, $22, available at Sephora.

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Life’s Entropy Lip Theory Liquid Lipstick in Quantum

Opaque with a satin finish, this long-wearing liquid lipstick is organic, vegan, and lab-tested—but from a brand established by two scientists, we would expect nothing less.

Life’s Entropy, Lip Theory Liquid Lipstick, Quantum, $8, available at

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Fierce Magenta Nourishing Lipstick in Truth

Highly pigmented and moisturizing with tons of good-for-your-lips ingredients, this lipstick heals and protects while making them look, well…fierce. And with color this pure, your lips won’t lie–even if you do.

Fierce Magenta, Nourishing Lipstick, Truth, $9.50, available at Etsy.