I am a lip-licker.
I don’t mean to be one, it’s just a habit of mine. I think it mostly has to do with my need to get rid of any and all dry flakes on my lips when I encounter them. Lipstick formula and longevity is marginally important to me, because I tend to lick off lipstick anyway.
When I started this beauty blog, I tried to stop this habit to properly test the lipstick longevity, and also because I heard that ingesting lipstick is bad because of lead content and other icky ingredients.
The other problem with lipstick-licking is that my lipstick starts out immaculate and then wears off into a real stupid mess. Sometimes, there will be a lip liner ring where a slick of lipstick used to be. Other times, it’s a jungle of dry skin with lipstick koalas clung onto them.
When this happens—smushy ex-dry flakes with lipstick clingers in a sticky mess on my lips—I resort to licking my lips anyway. This does little to remedy the problem.
It’s an ordeal, but I don’t like reapplying lipstick either. I find it kind of gross, especially after I’ve eaten. I’m a little less anal about it now, and a wipe of the lips before reapplication will do, but there is still a niggling feeling at the back of my mind that my lipstick bullet has been sullied and dirtied. This is why I don’t like testing lipstick on my lips either, and is a large part of why I stayed far far away from lip gloss.
Think a lipstick bullet after eating is gross? Imagine a doe-foot applicator!
Anyway, that’s my big problem with lip products. I pick one and it’s gone by half the day. I’m a little better at reapplication and I can ignore the ick factor most of the time, but I’m still working at liquid lipsticks and lip glosses.
How about you? Are you as weird as me? :p