With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it is inevitable that you will want to prep your pout for the occasion. Make lips supple, soft and smouldering with these simple steps:
♥ Exfoliate with a sugar scrub
Create a sugar scrub to rid your lips of dry skin. This can be easily achieved with some simple domestic ingredients:
1tsp olive oil
2tsp white sugar
Add all the ingredients into one bowl and mix together to form a paste. Smooth the concoction onto lips and gently massage your lips using a circular motion. After thirty seconds of exfoliation rinse off with warm water, pat dry and coat with a layer of moisturising balm such as Carmex or Burt’s Bees lip-balm.
Wait ten minutes or so for the balm to set in, then use a lip primer to prepare lips for make-up application. ELF cosmetics and Urban Decay both offer effective primers.
After priming, carefully line the lips with a similar coloured pencil to your chosen lip colour. Alternatively, if you’re strapped for cash why not invest in a clear lip liner that accomodates all lipstick tones, such as the one offered by Laura Mercier.
Begin to apply the lipstick using a lip brush. This will ensure the product is used sparingly.
Steer well clear of excess lip colour by using blotting paper, or for those more financially pushed – tissue paper. Simply open your mouth and press your lips onto the paper to secure even coverage.
♥ Optional gloss
If you don’t want a matte finish, complete your look with a slick of similar coloured or clear gloss.
♥ Accentuate your cupid’s bow
For maximum effect, dab a little shimmer or highlighter onto your cupid’s bow to make your pout ‘pop’!