All of Your Lip Issues and How to Solve Them
Sealed with a (very full) kiss
This hot-and-cold weather is messing with our skin. But it’s our lips that bear the brunt of it--they’re chapped, faded and more than a little shriveled thanks to overheated homes.
But thanks to a handful of new products, we can rejuvenate our lips ourselves rather than running off to the dermatologist for a pricey peel or injection. Whatever your lip problem, we’ve got the solution.
Your lips look--and feel--thirsty, thirsty, parched. What they really need is the cosmetic equivalent of a drink of water that’s also gonna make then look pretty right away. Solution--swap out your usual lipstick for a lip stain that is actually a conditioner. You can wear the hue alone for a more sheer look or layer the hell out of it for a bombshell vibe.
Don’t make the problem worse by irritating your delicate lips with soap or leaving layers of old lipstick on (and anyway, ewwww). Cleanse nightly with micellar water, a non-detergent formula that’s all the rage in France. Its fatty molecules suspended in water basically lift off makeup and dirt. (Sensitive skin loves this stuff.)
Your lips could use a spa treatment of their own. Try exfoliating with sugar granules in a grape-seed-oil-based scrub. After you wipe it off, your lips will be soft, plump and totally smooth.
Happ Lip Slip ($24)
The rest of your face wears foundation, why not put some on your lips? Presenting the foundation for your lipstick. Translucent lip primer keeps color truer and longer lasting--and it stops the edges from feathering away even without lip liner.
Cheat a fuller pout while nourishing skin with lip oil. It basically looks like gloss but isn’t sticky and nourishes while it’s shining up a storm. Thanks to mirabelle plum, jojoba and hazelnut oils, you're getting a sheer tint and actually making your lips plumper. Win-win.