Lip Gloss & Lip Stains vs. Lipstick

Lips are personal and next to your hairstyle your lip color is one of the biggest decisions to be made when planning your wedding day look. Have you considered what lip look you want to carry with you through the day? Chances are your not there yet, so today we have a couple of bites of information that might help guide through process of making that decision, because it’s one that matters.

The differences between glosses, stains and lipstick

In the simplest of terms Lip stain is a liquid that typically absorbs into the skin giving your lips of tint of color.  Lip gloss is a clear coat that adds “glossy shimmery” finish on top of the skin.  Lipstick, typically a wax base, lays on top to color the lips and available in virtually any hue you could possibly imagine including nudes for that natural look.  Bonus factor!  Lipsticks come in a variety of finishes, creamy, glossy and matte.

Why we recommend lipstick over a gloss or stain

A hydrating lipstick will give your lips the must needed moisture to keep the chapped away and be ready to smile for all those photos and of course kiss your groom. Gloss only coats the lips and disappears in such a short time any hydration benefits will dissipate quickly.  Lastly, stains tend to dry out the lips leaving a cakey  texture on your lips.

Choosing a hydrating lipstick out performs stains and glosses at every turn.  There is no shortage of lip color products out there that claim “no reapplication for 10 hours” and so on,  but to trust that your one application and done is not feasible, unless of course you plan not eating or drink anything.

Dreaded dehydration

No matter what the weather is outside your going to need all the hydration you can get. Lips are a membrane, not skin and are the first thing to dehydrate. Your going to drink less water the hours before your ceremony because, well, you’ll just be busy getting ready and the dreaded thought comes into your mind “how will I go to the ladies room in this dress”? Let’s not forget the flutes of champagne your wedding party keeps pouring during your pre-celebration.  All this leads your body to the start of dehydration.  So what happens to lips as they dehydrate, they start to feel tight, chapped and then show the signs of the fatal chapped lip. Your natural instinct is to lick your lips for moisture, but that only makes the problem worse.

So much of the long wear has to do with your own body’s chemistry, what you drink and what you eat. That lipstick is not lasting if you plan to have an oil based dressing on your salad and wine eats away at the bond that makes it long lasting.   The biggest issue with these types of lip products is that they often times sting. Wait, what…. Yes, if you’ve ever tried them you will understand what I mean. The stinging is almost pure alcohol applied to the lips, welcome to dehydration city and what happens to dehydrated lips- chapped, rough and chunks of skin trapped by what’s left of the long wear.  They just don’t give us all the feels for your wedding day.

Preparing your lips for your wedding day

The evening before your wedding use a sugar lip scrub NOT SALT!  Salt is much more abrasive.  You only want to gently exfoliate your delicate lips.  Follow with a super hydrating lip mask,  and an amazing nights sleep. You can repeat this step in the morning if you would like. Heck, why save it for the wedding day, do it anytime you would like a luxurious experience.

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