Hoping for a Valentine’s Day kiss? Here’s how to smooth, plump and colour your way to a juicy pout that even Ms. Jolie would envy.
Step 1: Exfoliation
Just as you treat your face to a daily skincare routine, do the same for your lips. (Along with your eyelids, your lips are one of the most delicate areas of your body.) Use a lip exfoliating product three or four times a week to smooth out the surface of your lips and rid them of dull, flaky skin. Apply a small amount to the chapped area, and then remove with a tissue.
Try: Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub or Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant.
Step 2: Hydration
Balms away! Sexy statement glosses may be all the rage, but don’t taint the look with chapped lips. Keeping your lips hydrated is essential (especially during the harsh winter months). Find a lip balm that works for you and apply it several times a day. If you wear lipstick, apply the balm under or on top for extra moisture.
Try: Smith’s Rosebud Salve or L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick.
Step 3: Plumping
Nothing is sexier than full, voluptuous lips, but don’t be discouraged if they’re not in your genes. Forget about injections”you can fake an Angelina Jolie pout with a lip plumping-gloss. Whether you opt for sheer pinks during the day or dark, bolder shades at night, plumpers are a perfect way to add volume and shine to your lips. Re-apply regularly for a lasting effect.
Try: DuWop Lip Venom or Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss.
Step 4: Colour
Lip colour is the finishing touch to your outfit, so make a statement. Have fun this Valentine’s Day with lipsticks or stains in bright, vibrant pinks or reds (always classic and fierce). If the colours of love aren’t for you, try rich berry shades. Or if dark lipsticks are too much of a colour commitment, opt for nudes or light pinks, which pair perfectly with a smoky eye. Apply a gloss over the colour to finish the look and add some shine.
Try: Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick or Stila Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain.