Lips, Inc.

Dear DL,

My red lipstick is cracking and bleeding. What can I do for my winter lips?


Baby Jane


Dear Jane:

First, start with a gentle lip exfoliation. You can do this several ways: your toothbrush, lightly; your a washcloth or towel; sugar or baking soda. If you like to spend, you can purchase a lip exfoliant. There are several on the market. Next, coat your lips with a moisturizing, non-shiny balm. Kiss the back of your hand. (Or a tissue if you like to waste moisturizer.) To prevent bleed, use a concealer pencil or flesh-colored pencil around your cupid’s bow and strategic bleed-points. I also use concealer around the corners of my mouth. No, really. If you have a long night ahead of you, you can use a cream-based concealer on your lips, and blot again. Apply your lipstick, blot, powder (yes,) repeat. Gloss on top if you wish.

I don’t like long-wearings because while the color selection is fabulous, they dry the heck out of your lips, causing the cycle to repeat itself.

Nivea makes a nice plain balm but any will do as long as they are not shiny.

pic from my tumblr.

Donna Lethal

About Donna Lethal

Donna Lethal is the author of "Milk of Amnesia" and writes for her own blog (Lethal Dose), Hair Hall of Fame, Dowager Quarterly, Find A Death, & the Valhalla Cemetery chapter in "Weird Hollywood." A native of Lowell, Mass., she's lived in Boston, NY and London before settling here. When not writing, she's hiking, soaking in a Korean salt room or in the high desert with her pit bull.
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