A professional wedding stylist can hide the imperfections on your skin, but when it comes to your lips, everything becomes a little bit more complicated. Pencil and lipstick will not look flawless on chapped lips and SOS-products cannot work miracles only a few hours before your special day. That's why we advise you to take care of your lips in advance so that they are moisturized and ready for the wedding. These beauty products will help.
If your lips look ok
Lucky you! We can only recommend starting to use a nourishing balm more regularly to make sure everything will stay this way. But before applying, please check the ingredients list and make sure there is no Camphor, Phenol, Menthol, Salicylic Acid, or a lot of fragrance. When used regularly, these ingredients can irritate your lips and make them dry.
Wedding make-up artist and hairstylist Nadezhda Khvan:
“Proper facial skincare is all about regular moisturizing, in both the morning and evening. I suggest you complete your daily beauty ritual by adding another moisturizing step – apply your lip balm when you apply your face and body cream, and not 10-15 minutes before you go out. This way you won't forget it! The habit of moisturizing your lips while preparing your face for make-up is a daily contribution to beauty and health."
If you have chapped lips
You should also check the ingredients in the balms you use. Maybe you even apply them too often — this can be the cause of the dryness and irritation. Turn down popular balms and instead, opt for products with strong moisturizing and nourishing ingredients to restore lips' moisture levels. Look for Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E.
Wedding make-up artist and hairstylist Zlata Lyaeva:
“Lips, as well as our skin, get dry when we drink too little and spend a lot of time in environments with dry air. For external care, I recommend moisturizing your lips with your favorite balm first, then using a scrub. You can even make it yourself at home: mix a few drops of olive oil with sugar and rub gently on your lips. Rinse off and apply a lip mask, then leave it on overnight. And during the day, I recommend always applying a balm, or using moisturizing lipsticks with a lighter texture."
If you have rapped lips and little cracks
Go for products that heal and restore the natural barrier of your lips. Do not always trust pharmacy balms! Even those labeled as "medicinal" can have ingredients that can irritate your skin. Read the formulas carefully and look for Niacinamide, Ceramides, and Linoleic Acid in the ingredients list.
If you have been suffering from dry lips for quite some time, check the level of Vitamin B and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, make sure that you are not exposing yourself to allergens, and try to drink more water. Hydration is key to healthy lips!
If you want special treatment
Treat yourself with moisturizing patches and masks. Usually, after using products with a large dose of caring ingredients, your lips will look especially plumped and smoothed. Remember, do not try new beauty products right before the wedding to avoid the risk of allergic reactions. It is the worst time for beauty experiments!
Wedding make-up artist and hairstylist Yana Rybalko:
“The first thing I tell my brides is not to forget about exfoliation, which lips need just as much as the skin on the rest of your face and body. You can buy exfoliating products at most beauty stores, make them at home, or use a massage brush (a regular toothbrush will work just as well). By massaging your lips, you will not only remove dead cells but also stimulate blood circulation and improve texture. The next step is using nourishing products! Do not forget to apply nourishing lip masks several times per week and, of course, use lip balm daily.''
Lip products our experts love:
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Laneige Sleeping Mask
Beautydrugs Lip Sleeping Mask
Jo Malone Vitamin E
YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm
Avène Cold Cream
Dior Lip Glow Oil