Lip Service : Tricks to get that perfect pout!

Monday, 20 May 2013


Ever buy a lipstick, get home, apply it and wonder why it's not looking as amazing as you expected? Well maybe you haven't prepped well enough for the perfect pout! With a lot of lipsticks, matte formulas in particular, the overall finish of the lipstick will depend on how well you take care of your lips prior to application. Here are a couple of tips to help you achieve the perfect pout! 

There are two key things you need to bare in mind when keeping your lips in good condition. Exfoliate and moisturise. Do both of these regularly and your lipstick will always apply smoothly and look fab. 

You could use a store bought Lip scrub like Mint Julips from Lush. These retail at £5.25 and are available in other flavours, Bubblegum being a close favourite of mine. Simply scoop a little bit of the mixture out of the pot using your finger and generously apply it to your lips like you would a lip balm. The sugar gently exfoliates your lips, leaving them nice and smooth. A perk with using these lip scrubs from lush is that they taste nice so if you eat any then it will be okay.

If you'd rather try making a lip scrub of your own at home, you only need a few ingredients; 
1 tablespoon of Sugar 
1 tablespoon of Honey
 half a tablespoon of olive oil
 half a tablespoon of vaseline.
 A 'flavouring' of your choice. It could be lemon or something sweeter like vanilla extract. 
Mix all the ingredients together and store in a small container, it's as simple as that. If you already have everything in your kitchen cupboards you may as well give it a go!

Another cheap and simple way to exfoliate your lips is with a toothbrush and a little bit of vaseline. Apply a light layer of the vaseline to your lips, then taking a dry toothbrush, gently use it in circular motions over your lips to get rid of any dry or flakey skin.

After you've made your lips lovely and smooth by exfoliating them, its time to moisturise them using your favourite lip balm. My go to balm of choice recently has been this Figs & Rouge balm which I think came in one of the many beauty boxes I used to be subscribed to! I like using lip balms like this one that are a lot thicker in consistency, compared to Vaseline as I feel its really doing something to my lips. Vaseline is great as an extra step when exfoliating but I don't feel it really does much to moisturise my lips.

If you fit the above steps into your routine then I guarantee your lipstick will apply nicely and last a lot longer on your lips. You  wont be reapplying your fave mac limited edition lippy while slowly crying inside that your using up a lipstick you cant repurchase! ha!

Much love,