Pucker Up! Prepping Lips for the Perfect Kiss

Valentine’s Day is just a handful of days away. It’s the perfect time to start prepping your lips for an irresistibly kissable pout. Gene Juarez Redmond Makeup Artist Raquel shares how to get soft, sexy-looking lips (and how to pick a color that will last through the night).

Exfoliate: When using your daily facial scrub, don’t forget your lips. A gentle rub with your fingers, top and bottom with each use is enough. If you want to target your lips specifically, make your own scrub at home: Mix a crushed strawberry with sugar and gently rub into your lips for a few seconds then rinse!

Lip Balm: After exfoliating (and on a regular basis) apply lip balm to prevent chapping (and flaking). This is especially important during cold snaps. Get into the habit of applying a rich balm every night before bed. Our favorite balms are: Eminence Citrus Lip Balm, Kevyn Aucoin “The Lip Balm” and Liptoxyl X3 (hydrates and plumps).

Lip Liner: Lip liner will help keep your color in place better and longer. But go easy on the line for a softer, more approachable look. Keep color as natural as possible. We recommend Mirabella’s invisible lip liner pencil “Perfecting Lip Definer”. It has no color but prevents bleeding and helps lip color last longer.

Lip Color: Lip colors are notorious for loosing color or shine after several hours of wear (not to mention they get left behind on napkins and cosmos.) Choose a lipstick or tint with long-lasting wear like a tint or stain. We love Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Matte Lip Color” lipstick. Its our most long-wearing lip product.

Seal: After applying lipstick, try this little trick – pull apart a facial tissue and hold one layer over your lips. Lightly dust a translucent face powder over the tissue. A small amount will fall through the tissue, setting your lip color the same way it does makeup.

And last but certainly not least, don’t forget your pearly whites: Bright white and clean teeth are key to a healthy smile and making lips pop. Use whitening strips or see a dentist for at home trays.

Now that your lips are smooch-worthy, have fun!