Cupid is coming this February, which means it’s time to get your lips perfectly pouty. We’ve gathered five foolproof rules to getting your smoothest, softest and most kissable lips ever.
Not only does exfoliating make your lips soft, it also preps them for lipstick. Exfoliate your lips by either using an old toothbrush, or a face scrub. Also a commonly used home treatment is by mixing a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of salt and sugar, combining the ingredients into a paste. Apply the mixture to your lips and then scrub.
- Avoid licking your lips:
When our lips feel dry, a common reaction is to lick them. Turns out, that’s not particularly the best thing to do. Most estheticians suggest that when lips are moist on the surface from your saliva, they attract moisture from deep within the skin and will evaporate into the dry air through osmosis. The best way to fix and heal dry cracked lips is to use a condition lip balm and apply it throughout the day.
- Block them:
It tastes a little funny, but using SPF will prevent your lips from getting dry and sunburned, as well as your entire face to prevent tan lines and protect your skin.
Once you’ve removed your makeup at night and your skin is fresh and slightly damp after towel drying, apply a rich, night-time moisturizer to your skin and an even richer balm on your lips. This is especially key if your bedroom is air-conditioned or warm due to heaters. Internal hydration is also very important for your skin, so be sure to drink lots of water.
- Stay neutral:
We always think of bright red lips for Valentine’s Day, but that’s not the only option. Apply a creamy nude or pink shade, blot, then reapply for long-lasting colour that won’t make a mess. Avoid deep shades, especially glossy ones, they look too messy. Also, avoid matte lip colour and long-wearing formulations, both dry out your lips and don’t provide that lush look that is just right for your Valentine’s date.
Rouge Replenishing Lipcolour – Dior
Cold Cream – Avene
Vitamin E Lip Care – The Body Shop
Pro Longwear Lipcreme – MAC
Lip Butter – The Body Shop