Lips 101

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

BeautySA brings you the hottest lip products and the differences between all the fancy shmancy products that grace our lips.

Lip ice and lip balm

A lip ice or balm is applied to the lips to seal in moisture and protect them from external exposure – dry air and cold temperatures usually cause our lips to become dry and cracked. Our lips are particularly vulnerable, as the skin is so thin. Most lip ice and lip balms contain nourishing ingredients like bees wax, rose wax, vitamin E and Shea butter, and are sometimes even medicated.
TRY: Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, R155, Yardley Rollo’ Gloss Moisturising Balm, R32.95, Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex, R360, Clinique Chubby Sticks lip balm, R205, and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15, R135.

Lip gloss

Created in 1930 by Max Factor, who wanted lips to appear shiny on film, the lips gloss today is a make-up staple in every woman’s make-up bag. Used to give lips a glossy shine and even some subtle colour, adding a hint of gloss to your lips can dress up any occasion and outfit. Usually ones with a thicker consistency tend to be rather sticky, but a clear lip gloss can also be applied over your other lip products to add shine.
TRY: Rimmel Vinyl Max Lip Gloss, R69.95, Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss, R99.95 or MAC Clear Lipglass, R150.


Lipstick dates back to the ancient times and is essentially a product that contains colour pigments, oils and emollients that distribute colour over our lips. There are so many types of lipsticks available today, each offering different effects. Some are shiny, some are matt and some are designed to be long lasting.
TRY: Clarins Rouge Prodige True-Hold Colour & Shine Lipstick, R210, Yardley Longwear Lips, R99.95.

Lip liner and lip pencil

Often an under-rated product, a lip liner can help define your lips and give them the extra shape they might need. It helps fill uneven areas on the outer edges of one’s lips and also helps to prevent the lip colour from ‘bleeding’. Available in many colours, there is a shade to match most lipsticks.
TRY: Revlon Colorstay Lipliner, R120 or Clarins LipLiner Pencil, R170.

Lip stain and tint

Not the most popular or widely known lip product (give it time), lip stains and lip tints provide the effect of a stain. You won’t need to worry about running to the bathroom as often as you used to for touch ups.
TRY: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres, R365 or 2True Lip ‘n Cheek Tint, R34.99

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Sue1N

    I can’t stand the texture of lip ice and balm, so I use Bio Oil to moisturize and works well!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    A good lip colour finishes any look. I have tried the Just Bitten Balm Stain from Revlon and it works like a bomb.

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Ping, The Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains work well. The Woolworths brand also has a very well priced lip and cheek tint.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ping

    Can you recommend some more lip stain from drugstores?

    5 years ago •

  1. makera

    I would like to try the 2True lip tint.

    5 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Khalisi, 2True products are available at Clicks stores. They may not have the Lip ‘n Cheek tint anymore, so you would need to contact your nearest store to find out.

    5 years ago •

  1. Khalisi

    Does anyone know where I can find the True Lip `n Cheek Tint?

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    The Elizabeth Arden lip balm looks amazing. I would love to try that other than my old faithful Labello.

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    Lip gloss is my saving grace – thanks for the info

    6 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Must admit…I have more number of lip products than any other..just can’t resist buying lipglosses, balms, tints, …….

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I’m a gloss gal… Shine on…

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    love all products lippy, always been a fan of EA 8hour lip protectant and now loving Cliniques chubby stick, this said have tonnes of lip glosses n balms from almost every brands when it comes to lips , the more the merrier

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I like Clinique’s Moisturising Lip Gloss, it works great for keeping lips hydrated!

    6 years ago •

  1. Sam

    All these products sound delightful. Thanks for the info.

    6 years ago •

  1. Robyn Bronkhorst

    I use the Revlon Just Bitten lip stain and simply love it. Long lasting so I dont have to reapply every 10 minutes! Huge fan of lip stains and tints.

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    The Revlon range of lip stains are great too. They’re really reasonable and the lip ice side is a great moisturising.
    What I like about stains is that you don’t need to reapply too often. Perfect for busy girls :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Shaheeda Loofer

    i really love the clinique chubby stick lip balm quality products are more pricy but lasts longer so you only need a little bit.

    7 years ago •

  1. Henrietta

    I use the Elisabeth Arden eigth hour cream lip protectant stick.
    I love this product. My lips are always dry, and this product realy helps alot.

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    I am an Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm girl but the new Revlon Lip butter is heaven!!!! And the colours are amazing and it is like silk on my lips!!! I recommend this to every girl that wants moisture and colour at a awsome price.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    I cant seem to find the right product for me. Lip Ice seems to dry my lips out even more, Lip Gloss needs to be applied every two minutes, most lipstick colours look horrible on me and I tend to always grab some or other shade of brown, and even the long lasting lipstick dont seem to work as it tends to either become sticky lips or ‘flake’. Therefore I tend to wear nothing at all

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyi

    My favourite is tinted lip balm – You have the protective factor and a bit of colour. I like to keep things natural lookingt

    7 years ago •

  1. Jansen van Rensburg

    I am just a huge lover of lipstick, balm etc!!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Mia

    @Rochelle: They both are for the same purpose of lining ones lips, however it depends on the brand and which consistency they choose to come out with. A lip pencil actually looks just like a pencil, you need to sharpen it when it becomes blunt inorder to get the colour. A lip liner is usually in the form of a crayon like consistency and is usually retractable, so you don’t need to sharpen it. Hope this helps.

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    What’s the difference between lip liner and lip pencil?

    7 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Ooooo……I am a lipstick, lip balm and lipgloss fan! I have a big variety, but my favorites is MAC lipsticks, Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Lip Protectant, Revlon Lip Butters and the Chubby Stick.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Must admit the products I have and love the most are products for my lips! I’m dying to try the clinique chubby sticks as I have heard amazing things about them also the revlon lip butters and on the hunt for a quality lip tint that lasts! My favourites that I have tried are elizabeth arden 8 hour skin protectant as a lip moisturizer and gloss in 1 and for colour I use mac lip sticks. I love the concept like chubby stick and lip butter which are a 3 in 1 type of product

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    I recently got the MAC Ricky’s Lip Conditioner Hydrant and it is fantastic!

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Lip Ice,balm,gloss,stick, liner,pencil,stains and tints – I LOVE THEM ALL! :)

    7 years ago •

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