Now that winter is here it can be difficult to keep your lips moisturized while wearing lip products. I have developed a routine that I am going to share with you that will help you keep your lips feeling nourished, smooth, and moisturized. In the past, I never even thought about having a lip prep routine, until I started noticing how hard it was for me to wear matte lipsticks. This made me go on a quest to develop a routine that is easy and effective. Lip products will not apply smoothly if you have rough or chapped lips, so it is important to develop your own wintertime regimen. I like to switch up my routine in the spring and winter, so that I can make sure that my lips feel good and my lip colors look vibrant and smooth.
1) Exfoliate. Take a gentle damp wash cloth and gently rub the dead skin off of your lips. I find that this is the best method when trying to remove excessive skin from the lips. Don’t rub too hard. Be very gentle, rub in circular motion, and the dead skin will drop away naturally.
2) Moisturize. I love lip moisturizes. I use them all day and my new current favorite is the Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm that is exclusively available at Target stores. This pumpkin infused lip balm is so creamy and it is 100% natural. It has a touch of spice and a conditioning beeswax that really make my lips feel hydrated and nourished. Moisturizing is a step that you cannot skip when you are prepping your lips for lipstick application. I also like to carry it with me in my purse on days when I do not want to wear lipstick. I apply it daily and at night before bed. Believe me, you will fall in love with how Burt’s Bees Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm feels on your lips. I found the lip balm on an end cap display at my local Target store, so it is easy to locate and you can also order this product online.
3) Wipe. Don’t overdo it with the lip balm. Make sure that you wipe of excess product before application or you lip color will not apply smoothly. It is important for you lips to be moisturized, but you don’t want to pack on so much product that will cause your lip color to smear. Also, I find that you lose color payoff when you use too much balm on your lips, so all you need is a thin layer to get the job done. You can do this by using a paper towel to blot your lips lightly before you apply color to your lips.
4) Apply the lip color of your choice, blot excess product off, and look fabulous! There are many lip colors and finishes to choose from, but keep in mind that when you are using a matte lip color it is very important to make sure that your follow the steps in this regimen for a great lipstick application.