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How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?

Have a lip colour you love but a crusty, chapped lip texture that you hate? We’ve got some pro tips for keeping lips hydrated whilst flaunting a flawless lip look!

Lipstick wearers know that, unfortunately, some of the best long-wear formulas and heavily pigmented shades can be incredibly drying. Have a lip colour you love but a crusty, chapped lip texture that you hate? We’ve got some pro tips for keeping lips hydrated whilst flaunting a flawless lip look!


How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?


Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate


Of course, you don’t want to over-exfoliate, but removing dead, chapped skin from the lips is vital to ensuring your hydrating balms can penetrate properly. Smooth lip skin also enables lipstick to set properly for all-day wear.

Simply slapping on a lip balm over chapped skin isn’t enough. If the product can’t break through the layers of dead skin atop the lips, no hydration will actually reach the healthy tissue. You're just setting yourself up for dry, chapped skin to make an encore appearance.

Gently scrub your lips with an exfoliator like Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm to achieve a flake-free surface before applying any creamy colours, stains, or glosses.


Hydrate Lips Around the Clock


The best way to ensure your lips won’t dry out throughout the day is to hydrate them with a lip balm before application, during wear, and after removal of your lipstick. If you maintain round-the-clock hydration after a good lip exfoliation, your lips will always be free of dead skin and ready to pout like a champ!

Application of balm before and after lipstick is easy and intuitive, but applying lip balm over lipstick can be tricky. However, balm will extend the life of your lip look. Simply ensure you have a tube of gloss to gently dab on chapped areas before reapplying your lip colour.

A tube is essential. Rubbing or swiping on stick balm or gloss may cause pigment to rub off significantly more than if you simply tap on a lightweight product with your ring finger. Always have some balm on hand to perk up your look before freshening your lipstick, and you’re set for gorgeous, plump, moist lips!


How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?


So what balms are best for lip hydration?


There are tons of great balms for hydrating the lips, but for gals on the go, these are our favourite travel-ready companions:


Still not feeling hydrated? Try a lip treatment.


If you’ve got some seriously stubborn dry lips, and your lipstick still isn’t staying on crack-free despite round-the-clock balm application, you may want to look into a lip treatment product. These are great for overnight use to boost hydration of the lips in a more concentrated, targeted way. High-powered ingredients can improve the balance of hydration in your lips. Some of our favourites include:

Follow these tips, and you’re sure to be saying goodbye to your dry-lip woes in no time! For more amazing lip care options, check out our full lip care selection and get yourself hydrated.

 

How Do I Keep My Lipstick From Drying My Lips?