The prospect of putting lipstick on top of chronically dry lips has about the same amount of appeal as taking a bite out of a raw onion. But if you're dealing with chapped or flaky lips, all hope is not lost — you just have to make sure you're using the right lipstick. For example, the best lipsticks for dry lips are made with more emollients than typical lipsticks — like vitamin E, argan oil, avocado oil, and caprylic/capric triglyceride — so they feel comfortable, glide on smoothly, and leave your lips feeling soft when you take them off. And while the most hydrating lipsticks on this list are a little lacking in the longevity department, I’ve included a matte and a liquid lipstick that’ll stay on for hours (or all day) without drying out your lips.
No matter which finish you choose, you’ll get the smoothest results if you prep your lips with an exfoliating lip scrub to slough away flakes, followed by a thin layer of lip balm. (Be sure to wait until the balm is fully absorbed before you apply your lipstick.) And if you have the time, it can’t hurt to leave a lip mask on for a few hours prior to applying your lipstick for a more intensive conditioning treatment.
Whether you prefer your lipstick glossy or matte, subtle or bold, you'll find something you like among the six best lipsticks for dry lips, up ahead.
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