You don’t have to deprive yourself of wearing beautiful lipstick even if you have dry lips. While there are moisturizing ones that are suitable for your lips, sadly not all of them last long. In this guide, you’ll find out what’s the best long-lasting lipstick for dry lips that you can use.
Not all long-lasting lipsticks are hydrating and vice versa.
While it’s fun to try different lippies until you find one that works for you, it’s not so much fun for your dry lips.
Here you’ll find the top three lipsticks you can choose from, backed with my review on each one of them. You’ll also learn some important facts about what causes dry lips, and some invaluable tips on how to apply your long-wear lipstick.
Best Long Lasting Lipstick for Dry Lips
Before I discovered Les Macarons, I used to love Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink. It is super long-wearing, but does dry out the lips after having it on for hours. You won’t feel it suck the moisture from your lips while you’re wearing it. But once you remove the color, you will see how parched they are.
They do have great color payoff and intense pigmentation, so if you still want to use these lipsticks from Maybelline, make sure to do it properly. You need to do extra steps before applying this liquid lipstick, but I’ll delve more on that in the later section.
Right now, I want to tell you about my recent discovery – Les Macarons liquid lipstick from L’Oreal. I love macarons, so when this came out earlier this year, I definitely had to try it!
You’re right if you thought that I bought all the shades in this collection. I not only fell in love with the colors but with the formula as well. A whole lot better than Maybelline Matte Ink when it comes to hydration, plus it also feels lighter as well. My favorite shades are Dose of Rose, Guava Gush and Praline de Paris. They’re all great for everyday use, and you won’t feel guilty wearing them because they won’t dry out your lips!
Who doesn’t love MAC? However drying their classic matte and retro matte lipsticks are, I do everything I can to prep and condition my lips to accommodate them. So when they came out with these retro matte lipsticks in liquid form, I was extremely hopeful.
As expected, MAC didn’t disappoint! Of course, the application is a little trickier compared to a regular lipstick since this is in liquid form. I also need to prime my lips beforehand (be sure to read about how I do it in the later section).
What I usually do with liquid lipsticks like this one is avoid applying too much to prevent bleeding and cracking. Keep in mind that because of its intense pigmentation, a little goes a long way. Depending on your preference, just wipe off as much of it as you want before applying.
The shade High Drama is super pretty. It’s so much better than Nars Audacious Vera (I raved so much about it years ago) in so many ways! It doesn’t budge even after eating and drinking, and isn’t overly drying on my lips. What I get is beautiful lip color that lasts all day!
We all know that matte lipsticks are the way to go if you want your lip color to last for hours. While this next item is not exactly labeled as matte, it does dry down to a comfortable matte or semi-matte finish. Another important thing is that the color is not the only one that’s long-lasting, but the moisture it provides as well.
Because of its creamy texture, the Le Marc Lip Creme glides easily and smoothly without tugging. The shades I’ve tried all have great staying power while not being drying. They are highly pigmented — you can get full opacity with just a swipe or two! I should also note that I don’t experience bleeding nor feathering with this lipstick. My favorite shade, Goddess, is a deep red that looks so beautiful on my lips.
I know that this may be a bit expensive to some, but if you consider the benefits you get from it then you know that you’re putting your money to good use. Sometimes it’s better to buy a pricey item that you’ll surely be using rather than settle for a cheap one that you’ll just be tossing out after a few uses.
What Causes Dry Lips?
Everybody experiences having them dry out at times. The intensity may not be the same for each of us, but it’s quite normal to experience it every now and then. That’s because they are more sensitive than our normal skin so we mustn’t take it for granted.
Knowing what’s causing the flakiness is winning half the battle of keeping it moisturized and supple. Here’s a list of the most common causes of dryness.
Deficiency in vitamins
We get dehydrated every now and then because of several lifestyle factors. Did you have a spectacular ladies’ night out? You’ll be needing to drink a lot of water the next day since you’ll surely be dehydrated with all of those cocktails you had. Have you been eating too many chips lately? The saltiness will all add up to make you dehydrated.
Our body is mostly made up of water and we need water to sustain it. Our lips are the first to take the toll of lack of H20, so if you’re having dry lips try fixing it from the inside first with more water intake.
As you may already know, some lipsticks have a formula that is too drying. You’ll immediately feel the difference minutes after applying it.
Now if you so love the color of your drying lipstick, you can always use a lip primer or lip balm to block the formula that can otherwise suck out the moisture from them.
If you know that you’re properly hydrated, but suddenly have drier lips than usual, check which product you started using recently.
If this is the first time you’ve tried a lip moisturizer or a similar product, then stop using it immediately and observe. You should see them getting back to normal quickly if your allergic reaction is the cause of the dryness.
This is another internal cause of those chapped and flaky lips. That’s why when you’re not feeling well, you immediately see its effects on them. On a side note, I find it too unrealistic to watch a movie where the actress portrays the role of being sick while having moist and supple lips.
Deficiency in vitamin E and D, and sometimes even issues with your gut health can affect your skin too which your lips are a part of.
Too much exposure to the sun without protection can be damaging not just to your skin and hair, but your lips as well. Did you know that even if our lips look wet and moisturized compared to our skin, it’s actually the one most susceptible to dryness?
That’s because it doesn’t have the same waterproof covering that our usual skin has. This means that the moisture on top of the lips evaporates quickly. It’s essential then that we use lip treatment products like a lip balm to keep our kisser from getting fried under the sun.
Remember that there are extreme cases of dry lips, as the chronic ones. It’s best to consult and listen to your dermatologist for whatever medical advice you’re given if you have something like Actinic cheilitis.
But don’t fret too much if you have dry lips every now and then. There are many ways to treat it……And fortunately, there are long-wearing lipsticks specifically formulated for dry lips, as you’ve learned here.
How to Apply a Long Lasting Lipstick
When you have dry lips, you need to do some extra work in applying your lippie. They’re not too daunting, though, and once you see the results, you’ll surely choose to do with the prep work every time.
- Exfoliate and moisturize.
- Get it primed and proper.
- Go for more pigmented colors.
- Blot it out.
Dr. Jaliman from Dermstore suggests that you need to exfoliate your lips with a washcloth before applying lipstick. You wouldn’t want flakes from chapped lips to be sticking out.
Now that your lips are smooth and moisturized, you need to apply a lip primer. A primer can help to keep it lipstick from feathering and adds to the already long-lasting effect.
By definition, a lippie that’s formulated for longevity means one that doesn’t force you to re-apply often. Choosing a lighter color tends to fade faster. A more pigmented shade, on the other hand, has colors that last longer.
Oil can act as a barrier that prevents your lipstick from staying in place. Be sure to blot out your lips before going through your second or third coating.
If you’re not wearing any lipstick and you feel that your lips are dry, stop the urge to lick them. Contrary to popular beliefs, this will dry your lips even more. instead, use a lip balm to moisturize it.
You don’t need to have dry lips to reap the benefits of the tips above. As a matter of fact, you can include this as part of your routine when applying lipstick regardless of their condition.
Wrapping It Up
Having dry lips can be quite a challenge, but it shouldn’t stop you from feeling good and looking beautiful. Choose from among my list of the best long lasting lipstick for dry lips and throw away your worries of picking the wrong one.
If you’re still quite confused about which one to go for, I highly recommend Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme, which is super hydrating and indulges you with a beautiful, long-wearing color that you’ll definitely love.
Alyssa Melanie is a certified MUA – a Makeup Addict. While her favorite high-end brands are Chanel and Dior, she just can’t resist falling in love with a lot of drugstore brands too, like Revlon and NYX. Her motto: “When I feel good about myself, I feel beautiful. Putting on makeup and taking care of my skin, makes me feel oh-so-good.“