How to Winter-Proof Your Lips for That First Wedding Kiss

Dry, chapped lips are officially uninvited.

First kiss

Photo by Brett & Tori Photographers

Every bride dreams of their first kiss at the altar, but the winter weather can pose some potential problems for your pout. Just like the cold wind and bitter temperatures can dry out your hands and your complexion, it can also wreak havoc on your lips. If dry, chapped lips is one of your major concerns ahead of your wedding (besides the RSVP list and seating chart and mother in law, that is), don't worry—we're here to help beautify your pout.

Hydration, protection, and exfoliation are all important components of healthy lips—which are not only totally kissable, but also the perfect smooth base for your wedding-day lipstick. (You don't want that beautiful red lippie fading and flaking, do you?) So to ensure you’re first-kiss ready, check out our favorite lip products for the winter months—and beyond.

We now pronounce you, perfectly kissable.

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Kopari Coconut Lip Love

Courtesy of Kopari

Is there anything more hydrating than coconut oil? Perfect for dry lips, this coconut-flavored balm adds gloss and shine while locking in moisture. Plus, it both smells and tastes pretty darn incredible. Also formulated with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, you’ll want to use this every day, many times a day.

SHOP NOW: Kopari, $13

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Aveda Lip Saver

Courtesy of Aveda

Lips need a little TLC? No worries—this little stick packs a serious punch, thanks to naturally derived oils infused with cinnamon leaf, clove, and anise oils. You can use it alone or under your preferred lipstick, plus it's cruelty-free. What's not to love?

SHOP NOW: Aveda, $9

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Nurse Jamie NuLips RX Moisturizing Lip Balm & Exfoliating Lip Brush

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Beyond just a stick or gloss, this system helps soften and moisturize your lips while plumping, too. For optimal results, first use the included antimicrobial silicone lip brush to exfoliate. Then, follow up with the balm to smooth lips. Directions say to use the brush once daily, and the balm as often as you need.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $26

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LEBON Le White Toothpaste

Courtesy of Anthropologie

You might want to ditch your old toothpaste. Synthetic flavors in a lot of toothpastes on the market can actually worsen chapped lips. Switch to a natural alternative, like LEBON toothpaste featuring ingredients like green tea leaf, aloe leaf extract, and papaya extract.


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Sephora Collection Lip Balm & Scrub

Courtesy of Sephora

Available in eight different varieties, this stick-style balm promises to nurture and can soothe, shine, protect, tone, and moisturize your skin, depending on your unique needs. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, these babies are a compact and convenient way to treat your pout with fantastic research results.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $6

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The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care Stick SPF 15

Courtesy of The Body Shop

Loaded with vitamin E, this vanilla-flavored stick offers SPF 15 sun protection and hydration, all while soothing and smoothing dry lips. A chapped pout doesn’t stand a chance against this sweet-smelling stick.

SHOP NOW: The Body Shop, $5.40 from $9

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Caudalíe Lip Conditioner

Lip Conditioner

Courtesy of Caudalíe

One of the best-selling lip balms in the French Alps is readily available here, too. This long-lasting lip conditioner manages to repair damaged lips and seal in protection thanks to its antioxidant properties.

SHOP NOW: Caudalíe, $12

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La Rocca Lip Shield Multi-Active Lip Balm SPF 8

Courtesy of La Rocca

A great option for ingredient-conscious brides-to-be, this balm is all-natural and not only provides deep moisture, but also protects against germs and bacteria. With natural SPF 8, this squeeze tube is filled with biodegradable ingredients, is chemical, cruelty, and gluten-free, and goes on like a lip gloss for added shine.

SHOP NOW: La Rocca, $15

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Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Courtesy of Target

Sleeping with the heater on? Set a humidifier on your nightstand to keep your lips—and the rest of your skin, for that matter—hydrated.

SHOP NOW: Target, $39.99

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Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub

Courtesy Tarte

Exfoliate your lips sans mess. Simply twist up and apply this Lip Facial from Tarte. The raw sugar in the formula sloughs away dead surface cells, allowing the moisturizing ingredients in the balm to penetrate, condition, and smooth.

SHOP NOW: Tarte, $16

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Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Courtesy of Sephora

Just like how those nighttime sleeping masks moisturize your dry winter skin, this lip mask works to heal your chapped lips as you slumber. Simply apply the night before your wedding and awake with a first-kiss-ready pout.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $6.50 from $26

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Primer

Courtesy of Ulta

After weeks of prep work, put the finishing touches on your winter-proof, wedding-worthy pout by applying a lip primer before your lipstick on the big day. This one by Anastasia Beverly Hills colorlessly primes and smoothes lips for makeup, decreasing the chances of any feathering and fading.

SHOP NOW: Ulta, $16

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