This months trip down memory lane takes us back to Valentine’s day 2013 and five steps to getting your lips in tip, top kissable condition for the most romantic day of the year…
Here are my five steps to perfect, happy lips…
Step 1: Exfoliate – using an exfoliating scrub remove all the dry, flaky skin.
Why Not 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 – www.lush.co.uk
Step 2: Condition – once you have flake-free lips, keep them that way by regularly applying a good quality conditioner or balm.
Why Not Try: Ilia Beauty 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.
Step 3: Prime – now your lips are looking happy again, you can get them made up ready for their big moment.
Why Not 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.
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.
Why Not Try: INIKA Lip Liner 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.
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.
Why Not Try: Couleur Caramel Lipstick
Thankfully now a regular on the UK beauty scene due to UK distributers BeautyWell, Couleur Caramel have a great lip collection with a beautiful spectrum of shades; all with great colour payoff and longevity. My pick for this Valentine’s day is Deep Red.
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In all honesty I can’t think of a better way to get your lips in shape for Valentine’s day, so pucker up and enjoy…
|The Kiss – Auguste Rodin|
Happy Valentines x
Main image: Anthea Brown via Flickr
Body Images courtesy of Lush, Bite Beauty, Ilia Beauty, Couleur Caramel and INIKA Cosmetics