Help! I can’t wear lipstick!

by Paris B on · 44 comments

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chanel rougecoco camelia Help! I can’t wear lipstick!

I’m a lipstick girl as opposed to a lip gloss girl. Its a personal preference.

But when I read of people who say that they “cannot wear lipstick“, I get puzzled. I understand if something in a lipstick will cause an allergy which prevents a person from using it. But if its just a matter of thinking it won’t look good, goodness! Stop saying “can’t”! Negativity is not good for the soul icon biggrin Help! I can’t wear lipstick!

Instead, think about the elements of lipstick that you dislike and work on that. I can tell you a few off hand:-

  • Its too thick
  • Its too waxy
  • The colour is too strong
  • Its drying on my lips

Well, that isn’t a “can’t wear lipstick” situation but rather, a “I don’t like wearing lipstick” situation to me. Here’s how you can get over that “can’t” and turn it into a “can”.

To get around strong colours, you can try a lipstick that is more sheer in texture.

I’d suggest you try Kanebo T’estimo lipsticks but they are discontinued. Instead, try lipsticks from Japanese brands like Kate or Coffret D’or. Lipsticks from Japanese or Korean brands are usually sheerer in colour, offering just a hint of colour on your lips and high gloss. Try also Laneige. I haven’t tried their lipsticks but they swatched quite sheer. From the drugstore, you can also try Maybelline Watershine or L’Oreal Color Riche or even Silkygirl lipsticks, all of which are sheerer and light in texture yet offer nice shine and a hint of colour.

Formula of lipsticks these days are also much lighter than they used to be in the days of yore and are more moisturizing too. I don’t deny that there are some lipsticks that dry out lips like nothing else. I too steer clear of those.

Tip: To get around lipsticks that are drying, apply some lipbalm first.

If you think a strong lip color will look odd on you, go for a lighter colour. The celebrities do it all the time. Angelina Jolie popularized the nude lip look for her pouty bee stung lips. Julia Roberts on the other hand embraces colour for her distinctively wide mouth.You don’t have to go the way of strong pigmented colours like Chanel Rouge Coco or YSL Rouge Volupte the way I prefer my lipsticks icon smile Help! I can’t wear lipstick! You don’t have to like red lipstick too! Lipstick comes in a whole range of shades!

Tip: If you’d like to try a strong colour, use it as a stain. Use a lip brush to apply the colour on your lips and then blot off before topping up with gloss. Or mix some colour with lip balm to create a sheer colour for your lips.

My personal belief is that there is a lipstick colour and texture for everyone. You just have to try it and not let “can’t” get in the way of thinking. Think “can” for a change and try it. As I do enjoy using lipstick more, you can read my reviews on the different lipsticks I have tried. Who knows? You might find you like  :)

But you are welcome to say that “I prefer lipgloss over lipstick” because I can understand “prefer” icon smile Help! I can’t wear lipstick! Do you have a hang up about using lipstick? If so, what is it? Perhaps we could all help out with some tips icon biggrin Help! I can’t wear lipstick!

Paris B

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Hanny September 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

I discovered that I have a lipstick kick. Really. Thanks to you, ahahaha ^.^ But I’m starting to experiment now. Coral reds seem to be my “thing” ahahaha ^.^ And pinks as well. Thanks

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Yay for being a bad influence :P But aren’t lipsticks awesome? I’m glad you found colours that work for you

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plue September 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

used to hate lipstick as they are just so drying and the colour’s way too strong for my liking! but now, since quite a lot of the brands have reformulated their lipsticks into a more moisturizing formula n some maybe have sheerer colours, i am loving them as much as my glosses!

actually, these days i much prefer lipsticks :P aren’t as sticky, wears longer and um, prettier? LOL

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

hehe… I think new lipstick formulas are really awesome now. They aren’t drying and don’t look as “heavy” on the lips. I like how lipsticks last longer too!

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rinnah September 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

Hmm… I find that lipsticks (and lipglosses) tend to make my lips peel – not a very pretty sight? :P

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Tracy September 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Same here!!! I recently found out that I’m probably allergic to whats in them. Try the 100% Pure brand lip gloss – my lips have never felt better. Its even better than chapstick.

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I think its an ingredient that your lips don’t like. I knew someone like that too. She just had to find a lipstick with a formula that her lips like but for the live of me now I don’t know which she used :P

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lemon September 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

I seldom finish off lipsticks, but i managed to finish off lipgloss. :-) to me lipsticks are for more formal events, while lipgloss are like casual everyday wear. like what my sis said, you can put on lipgloss without using a mirror.

oh well, just our own preferences. ;-)

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Definitely a case of preference! :) I can’t put on either without a mirror :P

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xin September 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

i do wear lipstick with sheerer shade, but i still top with glosses :P i guess it is just because i really like glossy effects

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Ooh that would be bling!

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reene September 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

I used to think of myself as being a lip gloss girl. I used to give those same reasons though as to why I didn’t like lipstick (drying, waxy, strong colors). But I got a few Dior Addict High Shines.. now I’m hooked for life. ^^

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Ooh you gut your teeth on Dior? You can never go back now :)

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Sugar September 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

i cant put anything on my lips except lipBALM, because my lips are dry and flaky but full and pouty and i keep eating all my gloss and whatever because i have a nasty habit of biting my lips. so there. hmpfh.

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Try the Lucas Papaw ointment to get rid of flaky lips (it helps me if I use it regularly and then I can wear ANY lipstick) or put balm on your lips, wait and then apply lipstick. Helps :) Oh and stop biting your lips :P

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Natalie September 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Really? Some people actually don’t like wearing lipsticks? I am a lippy addict and I have more than 100 lipsticks (Yeah I am crazy). I love how lipsticks can brighten up the look or mute it down.. Not like eyeshadows, no blending or placement required either! Plus if you don’t like the shade, it is easily removed with a tissue! :)

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I think you and me are just as crazy then LOL! :D

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rajathi March 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

I have 43 or so & I thought I’d bought too many. Good to know there are still lipstick-lovers out there.

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eliza September 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

my lip is quite pigmented in red…..still searching for MLBB lipstick

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Try a berry or a light rose. Those work well for MLBB colours (for me anyway and I have quite pigmented lips)

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eliza September 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

thx for the tip =)

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Jenn September 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I prefer lipglosses over lipsticks (duhhhhh! lol! :P), but i always wear them both because lipsticks last longer (I hardly touch up outside)! :)

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Haha! we have our preferences :D

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giddy tigress September 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I don’t enjoy the fact that lipsticks stain the cups and glasses and straws I drink from. Any suggestions to solve this problem?

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Hanny September 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

My lipglosses do the same too… :(

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AnnaYJia September 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Shiseido Maquillage’s lipstick can solve this I think.
I remember there’s a adv. of it . The model drank the coffee without leaving any stains on the cup :)

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j3nny9irL September 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Hmmm… I think they will still stain glasses but if drinking off a straw there is one thing you can do which I learned from somewhere but forgotten where :P

Apply your lipstick/lipgloss as usual. When done, put your finger in between closed lips as if you are drinking off a straw. After taking away that finger you’ll see that you already stained your finger and the middle area between your lips are cleared off lipstick/lipgloss. The next time when you actually drink from a straw you’ll see that there will not be lipstick/lipgloss stain there.

Hope this will solve the staining problem :)

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thanks for sharing! I tried this, but it looked too weird with a bit on my lips that’s not as strongly coloured :) Still its a good tip!

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

There are also those “non kiss off” lipsticks but I find them way too drying. I prefer to a) stain the glass then wipe off with a napkin or b) lick the glass before drinking

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Gette September 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

If you lick the edge of the cup/glass (discreetly, of course!), it’ll leave less or no lipstick stain. Read that in a mag somewhere!

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm

As someone has suggested, surreptitiously lick the side of your glass before your drink. For straws its quite inevitable it’ll stain.

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Aretha September 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Lipstick and lipgloss are lovely and i don’t think i have a preference for either; it just depends on the occasion :). I think for some they find that (if they don’t wear much makeup), lipstick can look abit aging on them. I have steered clear of lipglosses and lipsticks these few weeks because i feel that its abit too much if i go stronger on the eye makeup :).

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Sugar September 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

you are so so right. i find the reason why i dont like lipstick is it tends to overexaggerate any eyemakeup if you’re not careful.

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Hmm… that’s an interesting observation. I do strong eye makeup but when I do, I go light lipstick on my lips and I find it balances out :) Maybe its all in the colour and texture

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Kahani September 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Whoa! For a moment i thought you’d developed a unique allergy banning you from lipsticks and we’d all have to go into extreme mourning for you! *phew*

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

LOL! :D

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AnnaYJia September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I’m a lipstick girl as opposed to a lip gloss girl. Its a personal preference <– same here same gere ~ lol…
I think lipgloss is just something that will got eaten in 5 minutes after you applied ! lol….

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Yay for being a lipstick gal!

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milktea September 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Whoever doesn’t want to wear their lipstick can send it to me! Haha! :-D

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

LOL! Or me! ;)

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Amanda September 22, 2010 at 5:28 am

I was a lipgloss girl for a long long time until 2 years ago. I prefer using a lip brush to apply most of the lipsticks.

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ParisB September 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It gives a sheerer and more polished finish. I’m just too lazy ;)

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Amber September 26, 2010 at 2:53 am

I have been trying really, really hard to become more comfortable with lipstick. The biggest problem is that a lot of beautiful colors gradually turn orange on me — I’ve read that this is due to slightly acidic skin. The only thing that preserves color for me is applying both a primer and a liner. Between sipping out of a water bottle all day and eating lunch, it annoys me to have to haul everything to the bathroom and reapply. So when I do wear it to work, I usually bring a gloss for the second half of the day.

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