Have you ever applied lipstick and looked in the mirror and your lips looked like the cracks in hardened desert clay? Yea so not cute. That’s because you probably didn’t remove the dead skin buildup, and moisturize before applying your lip product.
Don’t worry, I have a few easy steps to get your pucker all ready for perfect lipstick application, kisses, and pictures.
First, you are going to have to remove the dead, chapped skin off of your lips. For this I like to use my E.L.F. Cosmetics Lip Exfoliator ($3). It has small granules that gently remove dead skin, as well as different oils to help moisturize at the same time. There are many other lip exfoliators on the market, but I mean for $3 it’s a no brainer. You could also use sugar and coconut oil (really any oil of your choice) and it does exactly the same thing. All you are going to do is rub this on your lips in a circular motion for as long as you choose. I let mine sit for a few minutes after as well then rub my lips together.
Next, you need to remove this off of your lips. When you wipe this away all of the dead skin will come off with it. I simply use a dry cotton pad and just wipe away from the top lip with one side, and the bottom lip with the other. You can also remove with a damp washcloth. You will already see a huge difference in the way your lips look and feel.
Ok the tedious part is over if you even want to consider that a lot of work, and now it’s time to moisturize those babies. I like to apply a thick product that is really going to absorb into my lips and keep them soft all day. I like to use Aquaphor Healing Ointment, or Vaseline (I’m obsessed with the rose one!) After slathering a generous amount of either one of these I finish getting myself ready allowing this to rest on my lips as long as possible. Once I am ready to start applying my lipstick I just simply wipe away with tissue.
Lastly, apply your lip products. Your lips are now ready for anything. I start out with some lipliner if I’m in that kind of mood, and then apply my lipstick. If you use a moisturizing lipstick it works out even better for you because it’s acting like a two-in-one product, but, if you are like me your are into matte lips right now so sometimes you have to add your own lip balm throughout the day to prevent dryness.
(The lipstick above is E.L.F. Cosmetics Moisturizing Lipstick in “Coral Cutie”)
Remember to take care pf your lips because when speaking to people that’s one of the first things they look at and notice.
I hope you liked this “how to” post. I will be doing these more often.
Thank you for reading!