How To Wax Your Upper Lips Correctly

By on July 2, 2011

upper lip waxing How To Wax Your Upper Lips Correctly

Whether you would like to simply clean up your upper lip for a special occasion, or are looking to save money by skipping your regular visits to the salon for professional waxing, you can easily wax your upper lip at home. While waxing may take a bit of practice to perfect, this relatively simple procedure will show you how to have your upper lip hair-free in no time.


  • Professional-grade hair removal wax

  • Double boiler or wax warmer

  • Plastic application stick

  • Waxing strips

  • Oil-free moisturizer


  • Warm your hair removal wax in the top of a double boiler or in a specially designed wax warmer. Make sure that the wax is thoroughly melted, stirring occasionally. Check the temperature of the wax on the back of your hand before applying so that you do not burn the sensitive skin of your face.

  • Dip your plastic application stick into the warm wax, allowing the excess to drip back into the heater. You only need about 1/2 tsp. of wax or less for each side of the lip so use sparingly. Application of excess wax is the biggest mistake for those learning how to remove hair from the upper lip.

  • Apply the wax to one half of the upper lip, moving out and down to ensure complete coverage of the hair. When waxing, always apply the wax in the same direction that the hair grows.

  • Place a waxing strip on top of the warm wax, pressing down and out in the direction of the hair two or three times. Hold the skin as tightly as possible, probably the most important thing to remember in wax hair removal. Holding the skin tight will help the wax to come away evenly, will allow the hair to come out easily at the root and will prevent damage to the skin.

  • Grip the end of the waxing strip as you hold the skin and pull it off quickly in the opposite direction you applied the wax. You can reapply the strip to remove any excess wax. Take care as you learn how to properly wax the upper lip, as excessive application in an attempt to remove hair can damage your skin.

  • Repeat these steps on the opposite side of the lip and rinse your face with warm water. Once finished, apply an oil-free moisturizer to the upper lip to protect your skin and prevent irritation.