How to create the perfect pout


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
1tsp honey
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.
♥ Prime
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.
♥ Line
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’!

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