Help a Blogger: Jen from My Beauty Bunny says “My lips are always chapped! What lipsticks do you recommend for dry lips?”
Chronically dry, chapped lips – ugh. I feel for anyone who struggles hard with this issue. My lips are firmly on the dry side, sometimes a bit rough and flaky, although thankfully I rarely deal with actual chapping (lips get really rough and cracked and the edges burn). Keeping my moisture-challenged lips smooth and comfortable is a daily exercise, and lipstick selection (obvi) requires care to avoid any that exacerbate dryness.
The first step is daily maintenance to keep lips in decent shape. Usually at night, I gently buff with either the corner of a washcloth or a Shiseido facial cotton pad wet with hot water, then slather on medical-grade lanolin, a satisfyingly emollient humectant that stays put. If they're feeling really dry, a slick of Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy under the lanolin makes lips wonderfully pillowy (Vichy Mineral 89 is another option, as is any hydrating serum for that matter).
During the day, I never let my lips stay naked for long, whether I'm wearing balm or colour. Bare lips have no protection against dehydration.
Choosing a lipstick formula really comes down to what you can handle, what you define as drying. Matte shades tend to be the worst culprits – even more comfortable mattes such as Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution and Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet are at least somewhat drying in comparison to creamier, more emollient types. I also find that certain balms and lip oils can be problematic because I feel them sitting on the surface of my lips without delivering any moisturizing benefits whatsoever. (Again I emphasize: oil does not actually moisturize or hydrate; only water can do that.)
A troublesome and hella painful lip reaction to I-don't-know-what a while back has really interfered with my willingness to try new lipsticks over the last year without putting the colour over my medical-grade lanolin. One of the few I've been brave enough to put on bare lips is Burt's Bees Satin Lipstick ($10.99 CAD at beautyboutique.ca and $9 USD at macys.com) – it took courage, I tell you, because I approach all 100% natural formulas with caution. (With my body chemistry, "natural" is not a solution to sensitivity.) I'm happy to report that Burt's Bees lipstick did not irritate my lips, and although I missed my lanolin, it didn't suck every bit of moisture out of them either.
UPDATE: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick is a much better recommendation, I'm sorry. I wore one after posting this and was amazed at the moisturizing texture and the longevity of the colour on my lips.
I'd love to know what your favourite non-drying lipstick is!
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Do you deal with dry lips? What's your favourite non-drying lipstick? Also: most mattes are drying, so other than those, are there lipsticks you and your dry lips avoid?
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