Removing Stubborn Lipstick

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated September 30, 2016)

Many women's favorite kind of cosmetic is lipstick. Lipstick can add the perfect punch to a look or ensemble; however, if your favorite colors happen to be the brighter or darker colors, you may be all too familiar with the problem of having your lipstick stain your lips. Sure it looks great with your outfit and other makeup choices, but at the end of the day when you're taking it all off, you want your lipstick to come off too, but much to your dismay the color remains. If you are plagued with stubborn lipstick and don't want to give up your favorite colors to remedy the problem, then read on. You don't have to have boring lips to avoid stubborn lipstick, and you don't have to concede to stained lips to keep your favorite colors.

Many of you have probably tried just wiping that lipstick off with a tissue. And let me guess, it doesn't work. Yeah, that's what I thought. If anything, trying that tissue probably just aggravates the problem, because now it's evident that you did fail at removing that stubborn lipstick. So what do you do? Well first, throw out that tissue and pull out some more intense makeup removers. Lipstick is a type of makeup, so why not try using a makeup remover?

You can use really whatever kind of makeup remover you want. If you don't want to go out and buy a special kind of makeup remover, then your regular makeup remover should do the trick. Just start out with a little remover on a cotton pad and rub it on your lips. If you use the liquid makeup removers (especially the oil-based ones), then you'll have to make sure that you wash your lips thoroughly afterward, because those kinds of makeup removers could leave an unwanted film on your lips.

One of the best and healthiest alternatives is to use a cold cream to remove that stubborn lipstick. First put the cold cream on your lips and rub it around. Then take a wet washcloth (note, not a tissue) and work the cold cream around your lips to more fully remove the stubborn lipstick. You can repeat these steps as much as you need to fully remove the lipstick.

While some may see makeup removal as an unnecessary step in cosmetics, it's actually a crucial part with all kinds of makeup. By removing that stubborn lipstick, you not only remove the stain, but you also allow your lips to become more moisturized, increasing the overall health of your lips. By properly removing all your makeup at the end of each day, you better ensure the health of your skin and face.

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