The Kiss

The winter weather can play havoc on your lips and with Valentines day just a few days away, now is the time to make sure your lips look beautiful and are in tip top, kissable condition.

 

Here are my five steps to perfect, happy lips…

Step 1: Exfoliate – using an exfoliating scrub remove all the dry, flaky skin.
Try Lush – Popcorn Lip Scrub
Yummy. The only word for it. One sniff and you are instantly whisked away to the flicks… Not only does this scrub smell good but it exfoliate your lips until they are baby soft.
£5.25 (25g) online or at Lush stores
Step 2: Condition – once you have flake-free lips, keep them that way by regularly applying a good quality conditioner or balm.
Try Ilia – Balmy Days Lip Conditioner
A clear conditioning balm, rich in seed oils, beeswax and Shea butter. Perfect for keeping your lips super-soft, nourished and protected.
£19.95 online from Naturissimo
Step 3: Prime – now your lips are looking happy again, you can get them made up ready for their big moment.
Try Bite Beauty – Line & Define Lip Primer
Lipstick that bleeds and smears is definitely not a good thing. Apply Line & Define before your liner and lipstick to prevent any lip product malfunctions.
 
$22.00 online from Sephora
Step 4: Line – define your lips by applying a liner to the edges and to give your lip colour even more longevity, fill them in with it too. Use either a colour that corresponds with your lipstick, or a nude one.
Try INIKA – Lip Pencil
Super creamy and long-lasting, the INIKA lip pencil with help to ensure that your lip colour stays put. Available in four colours; Moroccan Rose, Safari, Nude Delight and Sugar Plum.
£13.50 online or in store at Content
Step 5: Lipstick – after all that preparation, finish off your lips by applying your chosen lipstick with a lip brush. Blot and then repeat. Perfect.
Try Couleur Caramel Lipstick
 
Sadly found too infrequently on these shores but if you can get hold of it then its worth it! A beautiful spectrum of shades with great colour payoff and longevity.
€13.90 available online
Images courtesy of Lush, Bite Beauty, Ilia Beauty, Couleur Caramel and INIKA Cosmetics

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