Lipsticks You Can Still Wear When Your Lips Are Beyond Chapped

Having flaky, dry lips doesn't rank high on our list of everyday grievances — it's more of an annoyance than anything. But somewhere down the list, right next to missing your bus or spilling coffee on a white shirt, there it sits: the bane of any lipstick lover's existence.

It's trivial, sure, but we dare you to find a makeup nerd who hasn't had a look ruined by a pair of lips that resemble two withered prunes. "Flaky lips are a real problem [because it's] damaged skin," says Sara Happ, founder of her eponymous lip-care brand. The secret to getting rid of the issue? "They need time to heal," Happ says.


While drinking lots of water, gently exfoliating, and topping off your lips with a hydrating balm is the fastest and easiest way to rid yourself of the problem, it doesn't mean you have to forgo lipstick altogether in the meantime. Ahead, check out 10 lipsticks (at a variety of price points and finishes) you can wear whether your lips are chapped, flaky, or just plain dry.

The Finish: Sheer

With three finishes (matte, glow, and holographic) and 10 colors to choose from, this lip balm allows for ultimate customization. It glides on smoothly and gives lips a natural-looking flush.
Dior Lip Glow Hydrating Color Reviver Lip Balm$34.00 Buy
The Finish: Satin

Ever since trying Kosas's high-coverage, moisturizing lipsticks for the first time, they've been mainstays in our makeup bags. Not only is each bullet free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, but the formula is loaded with hydrating ingredients like rosehip oil and mango butter.
Kosas Lipstick$34.00 Buy
The Finish: Glossy

Want the coverage of a liquid lipstick but can't bear to have the life sucked out of your lips by another matte formula? This formula will be your saving grace. The opaque cream smooths onto lips like butter, providing pigmented, glossy color that wears evenly throughout the day.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick$24.00 Buy
The Finish: Sheer & Balmy

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms are no-makeup makeup in a twist-up package. The slick formula isn't just hydrating; it leaves the prettiest soft, shiny tint on the lips, too.
Burt's Bees® Tinted Lip Balm$5.00 Buy
The Finish: Satin

E.L.F.'s Moisturizing Lipsticks are some of our favorites thanks to the formula's balm-like texture and opaque color payoff. What's more? They cost less than the soy matcha latte we had this morning. Total win-win.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick$3.00 Buy
The Finish: Matte

Charlotte Tilbury's matte lipsticks have the unique ability to look natural and glamorous all at the same time. The plush, matte formula never catches on flaky skin and can be sheered out for a subtle stain or layered for fuller coverage.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen$34.00 Buy
The Finish: Glossy

Like Bite's Liquified Lipsticks, this formula offers the pigment of a lipstick with the comfort of a gloss. It comes in twelve shades that range from nude to purple.
COVERGIRL Colorlicious Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick$7.99 Buy
The Finish: Sheer & Matte

Most tinted balms have a shiny, almost glossy finish, but that's not the case with Ilia's Tinted Lip Conditioners. Despite the balm's sheer, matte texture, the lipsticks are ridiculously hydrating thanks to the cocoa butter, olive oil, and vitamin E in the formula.
Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner in Jump$26.00 Buy
The Finish: Glossy

Nyx's Butter Glosses are classics for a reason: They offer buildable coverage, never feel sticky on our lips, and come in dozens of fun shades.
NYX Butter Gloss$4.99 Buy
The Finish: Satin

There's something for everyone in Nars' 49-shade line-up of Audacious Lipsticks, whether you're looking for lilac, red, or magenta. Plus, the castor seed oil-rich formula never accentuates flakes or patches on our lips.
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Greta$32.00 Buy
The Finish: Matte

After the success of Lancôme's glossy, cocktail shaker-themed Juicy Shakers, the brand launched a matte iteration of the product. The lightweight liquid goes on shiny, but dries down to a matte, pigmented finish that's loaded with vitamin E to hydrate dry lips.
Lancôme Matte Shaker High Pigment Liquid Lipstick$22.00 Buy
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