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Ask An Expert: How To Apply Lipstick on Dry, Chapped Lips


Ask An Expert: How To Apply Lipstick on Dry, Chapped Lips Ask An Expert: How To Apply Lipstick on Dry, Chapped Lips Ask An Expert: How To Apply Lipstick on Dry, Chapped Lips

Under the long list of winter skin concerns, dry lips can be one of the most tricky to treat. And while a dry, chapped and flaky pout can make you feel like you have to stick to a clear lip balm all season long, if you love wearing bright lipstick, rest assured that you can still indulge in bold hues and keep your lips moisturized. Here, celebrity makeup artist Sir John spills his best tips for applying lipstick on dry lips.

TIP #1: Exfoliate

The key to applying lipstick on dry lips is to exfoliate any dead surface skin cells that may be causing additional flakiness and peeling. Sir John suggests prepping the lips by doing a DIY exfoliating treatment. “I would apply a little cornmeal and honey or brown sugar and olive oil to gently scrub away any dead skin,” he says. Not great at creating your own at-home treatments? Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub which offers a gentle exfoliation and unveils a smooth-looking pout.

TIP #2: Moisturize With an Eye Cream

After you exfoliate, he recommends following up with an eye cream — yes, an eye cream — and applying it all over your lips. “I love applying eye cream on the lips because the skin on your eyes and lips is so thin,” says Sir John. “It’s almost transparent, so I always treat the lips like they’re eyes.

Editor’s tip: Find an eye cream specifically tested by dermatologists to prevent injury if it goes into the eye. And refrain from licking it—it might be safe to go on your mouth but it isn’t made to go into your mouth.

TIP #3: Lock in Your Treatments With Lip Balm 

Finish prepping your lips by locking it all in with a lip balm and then blotting any excess before applying your favorite lipstick. We recommend applying a hydrating lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Satin Lipstick. It’s formulated with argan oil and sesame oil to keep your lips soft and moisturized. It’s also available in various shades to satisfy your different makeup moods, including everyday nudes, statement reds and beautiful berry tones.

If you prefer a matte lipstick, Sir John says you can skip this step altogether. “If you want to wear matte, I would just do eye cream alone,” he says. “I would never skip the hydration or exfoliation, but you can taper down on how much balm you use because you don’t want it to change the look of the matte finish.

TIP 4: Remove With an Oil

According to Sir John, the best method of removal is to use an oil-based makeup remover. Avoid scrubbing, makeup wipes or using really hot water to take off your lipstick as this can dry out your lips even more. Oils will break down even the toughest lipsticks, he says. So, don’t be afraid to douse your lips in an oil-based makeup balm or traditional coconut oil to simultaneously hydrate your lips and remove any long-lasting formulas.

Next: Our Best Lip Moisturizing Products for a Hydrated Pout