How to Stop Flaky Lips and Fading, Smeared Lipstick from Ruining a Date

Get someone to kiss your (soft as a baby's) butt (lips) this Valentine's Day.
Publish date:
February 12, 2016
the body shop, lush, chapped lips, lip balm, exfoilation, lipstick, lip scrub

I’m not sure if my lips are dry because of my excessive use of lip balm or not drinking enough water, but they crack easily. Not only do they get sore and annoying because they’re flaky, they also aren’t very appealing for kissing and look kinda weird under lipstick.

I also used to worry about my lipstick wearing off during a date, and was afraid of wearing bold lipstick while kissing my boyfriend or eating a burger. So seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I’d share some tips with you guys incase you’re in the same, dry-lipped, lipstick-smearing boat as me.

First things first: it’s important to get any of the dry, dead skin off your lips to create a smooth surface. There are many ways to exfoliate your lips, such as gently rubbing your lips with a toothbrush or using a lip scrub. You can even DIY your own lip scrub by throwing together some honey and sugar, or lemon juice and sugar and rubbing it on to your lips in small circular motions. Both of these taste super-good, by the way.

I’m using a store-bought lip scrub. It’s called The Kiss and it’s by Lush, as part of their Valentine’s Day collection.

I like to exfoliate my lips twice a day: every morning after I’ve brushed my teeth and every night before I hop in to bed. Otherwise, I find that my lips are cracked and dry the next morning.

After I’ve exfoliated, I like to put some kind of moisturiser on my lips straight away. I love using the Hemp Lip Conditioner from The Body Shop as it has a neutral scent and taste. I normally go for a lip balm, but on days when they’re just too dry to be softened by mere lip balm, I use some coconut oil and "deep condition" them.

Sometimes, when all of the above are out of reach, I put a lip gloss on because I just hate the bare feeling on my lips. I also find that putting a layer of lip balm before any lipstick helps my lips to stay hydrated throughout the day and stops them from getting flaky, especially with matte formulas.

If I’m wearing something really drying, I put a tiny amount of lipgloss or lip balm over the top so my lips don’t feel as chalky.

When I wear lipstick on a date or when I know I’m going to be eating something like a burger, I get nervous about my lipstick transferring and smearing around. I always get a lipstick mark beneath my bottom lip from biting on things.

To avoid this, after swiping on my first layer of lipstick I peel apart a piece of tissue paper and then place it over my lips. Then, I use a brush to pat some translucent powder over the tissue.

The tissue acts like a filter and the powder sets the lipstick and stops it from moving around. I usually do this a couple of times, building up the layers.

This method makes your lipstick look a bit more matte, so if you’re not in to that, you can finish off the last layer with just the lipstick.

This saves me from putting lipstick all over anyone’s face or my own face. I can skip the powdering and just blot my lipstick if the formula is already matte.

Chances are that, on your date, you’ll have to reapply your lippy, possibly in dingy bathroom light. In these kinds of situations I like to bring a makeup wipe, the lipstick I’m wearing, and a lipliner if I chose to wear one.

I assess the situation. If most of my lipstick has worn off and is patchy and a mess, I wipe it off entirely and then start over quickly.

However if it’s still fairly okay, I just reapply like normal and maybe neaten up my lip line with my pencil if I need to. I also like to keep my little jar of lip scrub in my bag as it comes in handy, too, in case my lips have gotten dry and started to flake.

However you spend your Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a very good lipstick day. It’s not really the end of the world if your lipstick isn’t totally on point anyway. Just have fun!