HELP!! Wedding is tomorrow, still have red upper lip from waxing

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would actually suggest not putting any creams on it. I suggest rinsing it with cold water to calm the skin, and gently patting the skin dry. Do this every time it starts to burn, and hopefully it will calm the skin enough to let it be covered with makeup.

EDIT: And don’t worry about how it looks! I attended a wedding last year where the bride got a bunch of cold sores right before the big day. But on the day, it was concealed with makeup, and nobody noticed, not even her!

Post # 4
958 posts
Busy bee

ehow Says…

  1. Apply some ice to the area after waxing. This will help with both discomfort and redness of waxing.

  2. Stop from taking hot baths or showers after waxing. This will irritate the skin further, causing the area to get even redder.

  3. Apply a cooling lotion such as aloe vera. This will help cool and calm down the skin that is affected by the waxing.
    🙂 Good luck!

Post # 5
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest aloe vera….


Can you get an emergency appointment with a dermatologist?

Post # 6
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If it doesnt go away by tomorrow use a yellow primer on it to neutralize the redness.

Post # 7
5064 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just keep putting water on your lips, I wouldn’t use creams because it’s burnt. Ouch, it must be so sore, just keep putting water on it until the burning feeling eases, like pp said. 

Post # 9
12251 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

If your derm doesnt get back to you, here are my ideas. Aquaphor is great, put ice over it. If you are raw, get a silicone gel for scars, dab that on over the raw skin. I also use that if I have to put makeup over raw skin, to protect the skin.  It also helps make up cover raw areas. 

Post # 10
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mickle707:  Oh good 😀


I’m more concerned about you scarring rather than how you look tmw (your photographer and makeup artist should be able to cover it…suggest cover FX to your make up artist)

Post # 11
216 posts
Helper bee

@mickle707:  Cortisone will help with the redness, but the best thing you could put on it right now is Arnica, you can find that in most drug stores.  It’s the most unbelievable natural ingredient I’ve ever used.  Works on bruises, hickeys, redness, etc.  Also, preparation H is  what people use for hemorrhoids, but it decreases swelling and redness in the tissues also, so try some of that also.  I use it under my eyes if they are puffy in the morning, works like a charm! 

If I were you, I’d alternate between arnica and prep H all day and then put some prep H on it in the morning tomorrow before your big day.  



Post # 12
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@mickle707:  i’ve had this happen to me when i’ve waxed.  i cool it down with a cool face cloth then i use cortisone.  it works on me.   don’t use too much, it make cause a few little pimples there.  if it still feels tight or red, repeat the process a few times throughout the day.

Post # 13
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2014

You can use a cold chamomile tea bag…it’s a natural anti inflammatory and will help the redness go away….but make sure it’s cold! Hope this helps! Good luck tomorrow!

Post # 14
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You can apply a hand towel soaked in cold milk to the area. The vitamin D in milk helps reduce the redness. 

Witch Hazel also works really well. I always have Witch Hazel put on over the area that I have had threaded.



Post # 15
4926 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

There is an after waxing dry oil in most at home waxing kits.. following that cold compress, advil for inflammation. If there are pieces of skin missing, I would call your doctor. If you are getting your makeup done, notify your artist. If there is damage to the skin the foundation is not going to bond properly, and she’s going to need some fancier tools to get it to sit. If there is a burn injury it’s going to be hard to cover without the right makeup. 

As a PP has said Cover Fx is a good option. It was developed for burn victims actually. It’s unique, you can cover scars with it. I worked with it when I was a cosmetician. It can cover tattoos, hickies, you name it. I’m not sure if it’s available in the states….

Post # 16
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mickle707:  Baby bum cream like bepanthen has helped me heal everything from upper-lip after waxing to tattoos. 🙂 Good luck.

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