I’m someone who has suffered dry lips for as long as I can remember and boy have they gotten bad. Some days I would wake up with dry, cracked, peeling and sometimes even bleeding lips, and no matter how many diet changes I made, how much water I drank nothing really helped, but after my years of beauty blogging I’ve come across a few amazing products and tips to help get rid of dry lips and keep them in tip top condition…
Some of my favourite lip care products which include: *Nuxe Reve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, Manuka Honey, Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask, *Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid, *Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Balm, *Rosehip Plus Roll On Oil
what are your makeup stables? what do you use for everyday? what do you use when you go all out? which products are your current faves?
okay full disclosure for this post - any makeup recs i make should be taken in the context that i am really, ridiculously pale. like vampire, i-can-see-your-veins, get-some-sun-miccaeli okay-mum-jesus pale.
everything but lips
primer - point no. 1 and we’re already hitting elf, which proves how awesome they are lmao. elf is one of those brands that has a whole lot of high end dupes at really great prices that are still pretty good products themselves. I use the elf mineral primer in clear (they do have colour correcting primers, but if you’re gonna colour correct you should probs have a dedicated product for that). garnier perfect blur is also a good buy, and it’s a bit more heavy duty but benefits porefessional is very much worth the hype. HIGH END - smashbox primer, bar none.
concealer/highlighter - i don’t use a lot of concealer but like. the under eye area is an ISSUE. i fluctuate because i haven’t found the perfect one, but i like maybelline’s fitme, even if they always market it as ‘breathable’, which is creepy and weird. nars creamy concealer is good too. for highlighter i use revlon skinlights, which is both awesomely named and legit makes you look like some kind of glittering midsummer night’s dream-esque florence and the machine otherworld creature
bb cream - i use bb cream instead of foundation because i hate the feel of product on my face so i like to keep it light. i use maybelline and i like garnier’s as well, though it’s veryyy drying. i’ve tried just about every bb cream under the sun so
eyeshadow - i use urban decay potion primer, but elf primer is a great, cheaper option. i also really love maybelline’s colour tattoo eyeshadows, which are a cream blend that can work on their own as eyeshow or as a base/primer. For actual eyeshadow, URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTES. I have them all and I’d say 3 is my favourite because I love the rose hues, but I probably use 2 the most, and people say it’s the most universally flattering. for day to day i love to use eyeshadow quads, because they come in complementary colours you can use for your crease/inner eye/etc without having to think about it. I use clinique (because my mum gets them in those gift bag giveaways lmao. god bless), chi chi and i have ONE chanel les 4 ombres quad that cost a frankly ridiculous amount and which i cherish accordingly. HIGH END - LORAC PRO PALETTE. mac eyeshadow pots, and they’re not high end but i have a few barry m palettes and i love them
mascara - mascara is one of those things that seems pretty simple… until you start looking for colours other than black. black mascara ALWAYS ends up smudging on me and it makes me look hungover and not in a fun way, so i prefer dark/blackened brown for every day. revlon’s lash potion is awesome and i use rimmel extra super lash as well. i tend to use non-waterproof mascara because waterproof is honestly a fuckin bitch to get off. for blacks i like covergirl’s clump crusher (honestly so much of a mascara is about the brush, and covergirl always has good brushes), maybelline lash stiletto won’t give you volume but nothing beats it in length, and physican’s formula just feels nice. no high end for this cause like, it’s mascara, though i guess MUFE counts so smoky extravagant. i will say though that i think benefit they’re real is TOTALLY OVERRATED
eyeliner - i started using liquid eyeliner first because im one of those throw urself in the deep end ride or die bitches. the nyx curve liner is really good and is so easy to apply because of its shape, i like the elf essentials liner, and i use gels for tightlining - rimmel and australis. i have glitter eyeliners from both elf and nyx. HIGH END - stila all day liquid liner, i know it’s hyped a LOT but honestly it deserves all the praise and more. this shit does not fucking BUDGE even if you don’t prime, it’s amazing
lips - another preface: as previously established i’m pale as shit, and i have cool undertones so i don’t lean towards warm/orange hued lip products. it’s all pale pinks and blue based reds for meeeee
lip treatments/balms - maybelline babylips are a fav, and i love their pink electro pop, but honestly once i started buying lanolips i stopped buying every other lip treatment. it is SO GOOD and i use it as a clear balm, as a base for drying creams or matte shades, you can even use it when you wake up first thing in the middle of winter and your lips are dry like the sahara. also i like lush’s lip tints, especially it started with a kiss.
glosses/stains - NYX BUTTER GLOSSES. OH MY GOD, THEY ARE SO FUCKING UNREAL they all smell like birthday cake? some kind of sugary baked product and the colour range is sooo good and they’re completely buildable, from sheer to solid AND THEY LAST FOR AGES honestly go right now and buy twenty. revlon’s whole line of stains/balms/clinique rip off sticks are AWESOME. HIGH ENDysl glossy stains. l’oreal makes a pretty good dupe but honestly you buy one of the ysl ones and it’s like shooting yourself in the foot because YOU CAN’T GO BACK. as always, i go for blue based reds, like rouge goache.
liquid lipstick/creams/lacquers/WHY ARE THERE SO MANY KINDS OF LIP PRODUCTS - this probably didn’t need its own section but honestly i just wanted to rec NYX LIP CREAMS, which in this stupidly long makeup rec post could be my favourite product. they’re named after cities (which makes no difference to the product. i just love it) and they come in heaps of different colours/shades, and these things FUCKING. STAY. they’re a pretty dry formula but they are NOT BUDGING FOR ANYTHING. you can eat and it’ll still be perfect after, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. i have almost every colour lmao. for liquid lipsticks i like elf’s, which are dupes of stila, and rimmel apocalips lip lacquers.
What type of highlighter should I use if I don't wear foundation or any type of base?
Strong, intense highlighted skin is very much on trend at the moment and everyone seems to be searching for the perfect highlighter. Whilst you may tempted to reach for a shimmering powder if you’re someone who prefers something a little more natural looking or rock foundation-free skin you may find super shimmery, champagne coloured highlighters too intense for you. Powder highlighters are absolutely gorgeous when used on top of
foundation, but on bare skin it can cling to every little imperfection, apply unevenly and look downright unflattering. So rather than rushing to buy champagne pop at the first chance you get, try these instead:
Like most beauty addicts, I for one do not like leaving my beloved beauty stash at home alone, picking a blush to take is like how I imagine it would be trying to pick a favourite child, difficult and painful. Overtime I’ve learned that I really don’t need to take 38 eyeshadows with me for one weekend away or 5 pairs of false lashes. If leaving your makeup collection alone isn’t enough, traveling can take a massive toll on the skin whether its airplane travel to climate, change in diet or even the quality of tap water…
Taking your 500ml cleanser with you isn’t a smart move when you’re traveling so ditch the full-size and opt for a travel size instead. Many stores sell mini travel sizes of all your favourite products whilst some brands have kits specifically designed for traveling like *The Jojoba Company Travel Essentials Pack and *Bioelements Travel Light Kit - Age Activists
If you’ve been following Makeup Tips Blog for a while now you’d probably know that I’m a severe sufferer of dry lips and lip care is something I’m extremely passionate about.
DO: Remove Your Lip Colour
Whether you’ve worn a gloss that lasts five minutes or a lipstick that has lasted all day, chances are you will still have a little residue of something left on your lips. This is why it’s especially important to give your lips a quick clean at the end of the day. When removing lipstick I like to use a nice oil and cotton pad as to prevent drying out the lips.
The macadamia oil hair line OH MY GOOOOOOD okay so like, you know how different people have different MVPS? Like really ridiculously on point eyebrows, or the perfectly lined lip, or amazing winged eyeliner? My hair is my mvp. Its out there, doing its thing, looking killer, and I respect it because it respects ME. And this macadamia line is like spa therapy for your hair, it makes it feel SO GOOD ALL THE TIME. It legit does all the work for you, it makes anything you want to do look better, even just doing NOTHING your hair will still look good. I use the deep repair masque as a conditioner (you need hardly any, leave it in for the exact length of Beyonce’s ‘XO’), and then spray the oil through my hair before towel drying. IM NOT EVEN USING THE WHOLE LINE AND IT MAKES MY HAIR LOOK SO HEALTHY AND SHINY miracle worker for real
GARNIER MICELLAR WATER. This shit is like liquid GOLD. This is what Nicholas Flamel discovered 500 years ago that’s kept him alive for so long. This is hands down the best make up remover I have EVER used, including fancy ones like clinique and a sample I got from a lady hawking napoleon perdis one time. Its like GPS for makeup, its like those pigs they use in the south of France to find truffles, waterproof mascara truffles, long wear lipstick truffles. This got away from me please try garnier micellar water
TheBalm blush in cabana boy. I hardly ever use blush cause I’m pale like death and any colour shows up right away, but i bought this because I love the packaging so much and i’m a responsible consumer like that. And it has a mirror so I keep the little compact in my bag and use it for whatever (and because I really, really love the packaging). But its actually really good? Highly pigmented so you only need the barest bit, which means it will last FOREVER. The other colors in the line look just as good, and Frat Boy is a dupe for NARS orgasm (like, its not NARS. but it could be. if you squint. or look from far away in slightly dimmed lighting).
Gel nail polish seems whack to me and, having been told pretty severely my entire life to avoid the sun at all costs, the idea of putting my fingers under UV light seems very counterintuitive. So i was hella happy when they came out with miracle gel, which is one of those hybrid products that says it gives the same results as the hardcore stuff but of course doesn’t, but there’s no death rays involved so I feel like that’s a fair compromise. I’m currently wearing it in Dig Fig, which is this amazingly deep oxblood colour I imagine Annalise from How to Get Away with Murder would wear to court when defending a particularly guilty client.
NYX lip creams I CANT BELIEVE I HAD FOUR PRODUCTS TO PUT AHEAD OF THIS these creams are fucking amaaazing, they’re a true matte but they don’t dry or flake, they come in an awesome range of colours named after all different cities (I have Sao Paulo, Amsterdam, Addis Ababa, Tokyo, Antwerp, Monte Carlo… you get the point, I have a lot of lip products and the names are cool) and they last for aaaages they hardly even smudge after you eat. Sometimes the color on the bottle isn’t true to the actual color - eg Buenos Aires is a light pink bottle but the cream itself has a strong orange/warm undertone, as someone who looks horrendous in coral I was SHOCKED, SHOCKED - but that just means you should swatch before u buy, no big.
And OK this is not a recent purchase but I feel like it needs saying: dry shampoo. DRY SHAMPOO. Where would I be without it? Who would i be? Ive gotten to the point where I use it instead of hairspray for texture - like look at this braid I did the other day. WITH DRY SHAMPOO YOU, TOO, CAN GIVE YOUR ‘DESPERATE TO NOT GET HOT IN RIDICULOUS PRE-SUMMER HEAT’ UPDOS VOLUME AND LIFT. I use batiste with a hint of brunette cause I don’t need weird aerosol white patches in my hair from flagrant dry shampoo abuse, but their cherry smells amazing too.
After having been somewhat disappointed with the original 101 formula of Lanolips (keep on scrollin’ for that review), I purchased these four in a pack for $29.95 (great value). The tinted versions (Mulberry LE, Rhubarb and Dark Honey) are lovely shades that would suit almost everyone and the Lemonaid is great for a zingy lip sheen with nourishing properties. Perhaps a mint variety would even top these *hint hint*
Best for: dry winter lips seeking sheen and colour.