How to Get Kissable, Pillowy Lips
Lipstick finishes, like fashion, come and go. Lip Smackers used to be in style, then Lancome's Juicy Tubes, then it was the matte liquid lipstick craze. The one thing that stays the same throughout history is healthy lips. My obsession with lipstick really pushed me to take care of my lips and be obsessive about its wellbeing.
Taking care of your lips really isn't too difficult. I know I have loads of products here but that's just because I'm, again, obsessive about it. You can really stick to the bare minimum of having a really good lip balm that really works for you (I like Nuxe's Reve de Miel [pot, never stick] or First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Lip Therapy for basic balm action) and make sure you pack that on at night before bedtime. If you want to take it a step further, here's what I do:
Always, and I mean ALWAYS have a lipbalm in your purse no matter how small your purse is. No excuses. I like to have Glossier's Rose Balm Dot Com with me because it is a lightweight lip balm that I can use before lipstick. Do that and you're ready to move to step two.
Use a slightly thicker mask-like lip balm at night, pack it on and make sure your lips look like a blow up doll's so there's plenty to last you through the night. What this does is it actually lifts and softens your lip's dead skin so you can exfoliate easier in the morning and get really smooth, plump lips. My all time holy grail since I first discovered it in junior high (!!!!) is Ettusais' Lip Essence. I have it in the Deep Moist version but I don't really see a big difference between this and the regular. A close second and maybe something that is more accessible to shoppers in the States or Canada is Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask in Smashed.
Once you've woken up from your slumber (of a measly 5 hours if you're a student like me), head into the shower and proceed to scrub your lips. I used to just use my fingers since the dead skin has already been softened by the lip balm and require no effort to get off, but I just like having LUSH's Lip Scrubs cause they're yummy. If you dont have time to shower in the morning, just wipe away the dead skin and remaining lip balm off your lips with some baby wet wipes and your lips will be gently exfoliated.
While you're putting on your makeup, why not moisturise your lips while you're at it? I like to use Ettusais' Lip Essence or Glossier's Rose Balm Dot Com depending on how parched I feel my lips are. Before I put on my lipstick, I just blot with a tissue and the lipstick will apply smoother and feel less drying. It also acts as a barrier for your lips so that it doesn't shrivel up like a prune throughout the day. Repeat this step after food or when reapplying. When using a more moisturising lip tint like Tata Harper's Volumising Lip Tint in Very Popular, I tend to skip the balm since the tint works as a balm anyway. This tint has a lot of really good butters in it that make my lips feel super soft while still giving it a nice, sheer wash of colour.
Side note, for the boyfriends out there (or girlfriends dreaded by their man's flaky lips), my boyfriend really likes Jack Black's Moisture Therapy Lip Balm. I actually also like the Nuxe Reve de Miel for my man because it is more matte wont make you look like you have anything on which I think is one of the biggest things guys get turned off by.