Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away and you might have a date coming up with a very special somebody. You’ve planned your outfit, visualized your hairstyle, and replayed your dream night over and over again in your head. Everything should go perfect and according to plan. But there might be one beauty blunder you’re a little unprepared for…how to keep your lips colorful (and kissable) throughout the night.
Your makeup is last thing you want to worry about when you’re on a date—especially if it’s one that you are nervous or excited about. While eyeliner and mascara should stay in their place (unless you’re going on some kind of really adventurous underwater excursion), lipstick is another story. Often times, you will start off the night with a perfect pout, and before you know it, your lipstick has decided to magically disappear— and reappear on the rim of your champagne glass. To help you perfect your pout, I’ve put together a step-by-step guide for kissable lips. Check it out below, and get ready to pucker up…
Step 1: Exfoliate & Moisturize
First, you will need to use a lip scrub to exfoliate any dead skin and smooth out the surface of your lips. This will leave your pout ready for a rich lip balm, which we get to next. Some great scrubs include Sara Happ The Lip Scrub Brown Sugar Exfoliator and my DIY Brown Sugar Olive Oil Scrub. Keep your lips smooth and hydrated by applying a good balm every night before you go to bed for a week leading up to your date. Click here to see some of Lauren’s favorites.
Step 2: Line
Once your lips are fully exfoliated and moisturized, you will need to add definition and shape with a lip liner that matches the hue of your lipstick. This will also help prevent feathering later on—meaning your lipstick won’t run outside of the lines.
Step 3: Tint
Now it’s time to fill it all in with color. Choose a tint that’s a pretty close match to the color of your lipstick. A lip tint will essentially “stain” your lips, so even if you are eating and drinking throughout the night, there will be some color on your lips at all times. Tints also work really well after your lips are exfoliated, so don’t forget step 1!
Step 4: Lipstick
After your lips are prepped, lined, and tinted, go ahead and apply your lipstick color. Just continue to make sure that you are using uniform shades through the process so that you aren’t getting a mixed, mucky hue. Some lipsticks last better than others…here are a few that have excellent reputations in the beauty world: Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor, Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Color, MAC Lipstick.
Step 5: Seal
Your last step for getting smooch-certified lips is sealing the deal. This is a little trick I use myself. After you have applied your lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust translucent powder over the tissue. The powder will ever so lightly fall on your lips through the tissue, and it will set your lip color the same way it sets your makeup when you use it on your face. Here’s a visual:
For this step, I recommend Bare Minerals Mineral Veil or Maybelline Finishing Translucent Powder.
Now that you know how to get your lips smooch-worthy, just remember Lauren’s lipstick trick…and, of course, have fun ladies!
Do you have any tips for getting kissable lips?
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