Lips have always been a major source and location of classical female beauty. The timeless appeal of soft, full, red lips is immortalized in poetry around the world, from Fu Xuan in Jin Dynastic China, to Shakespeare in 16th century Europe, and everywhere beyond and in between. Humans are naturally inclined to see appealing, healthy lips as a major sign of beauty. This, of course, is why we wear lipstick and other lip products: to emphasize and enhance them for maximum appeal.
Great lips start with health, moisture, and exfoliation. After that, adding the right amount of color and shine adds further enhancement, but even the best lipstick won’t make up for
Moisturize and Exfoliate– All You Need are Ingredients from Your Kitchen
Lovely, luscious lips are more than just lipstick, liner, and lip gloss. It’s important to keep your lips naturally healthy, and there are several easy steps that you can take to do just that. The great thing is, you don’t even need any expensive products– you can make your own super-effective lip treatments with simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen! Here are a few ways to help keep your lips looking full, colorful, and healthy, even before you put your makeup on.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliation removes dry, flaking skin from your lips. Lip skin is quite delicate, and as we all know, it can break and chap during cool, dry weather. The solution to this isn’t just to cover you lips up with products, but to condition and exfoliate them to remove dead skin. You can even make a light scrub at home with a little bit of honey and sugar. Mix about a teaspoon of each, and rub it gently in circular motions around the lips. The course sugar grains have an exfoliating effect, and it’s 100% natural. You can also exfoliate with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Use a lip serum to nourish and refresh. Think of a lip serum as a face mask for your lips. You can make your own all-natural lip serum at home with honey or aloe gel, mixed with olive or coconut oil. After exfoliation, the lip serum will help moisturize your lips, bringing out their natural color and fullness.
- Try a natural lip plumper. Plump, full lips have been en vogue lately– remember that weird Kylie Jenner Challenge? Don’t worry, you don’t have to cut off your circulation with a shot glass to plump up your lips. You don’t need that expensive gloss you saw at the department store, either. Instead, you can mix cayenne pepper with olive oil. The irritant effects of the cayenne, which comes from capsaicin, will gently inflame your lips for more fullness. You can also use cinnamon or peppermint extract instead.
Add a Splash of Color
Now that your lips are healthy, moisturized, and exfoliated, it’s time for the fun part: lip color! Here are a few tips for lovely lips for any occasion, from a day at the beach with minimal makeup to a formal evening soirée:
- For a tiny hint of color, use a tinted lip balm. For summer beach trips and other outdoor activities, heavy lip color might be impractical, or may just look out of place. Going without lipstick or obvious lip gloss doesn’t mean your lips need to go nude. Tinted lip balms can add just the tiniest hint of color, enhancing your lips ever so subtly while still giving off that “au natural” vibe.
- Choose the right colors for your complexion. This takes experimentation, and with drugstore makeup that you can’t try on first, it can be quite frustrating. Especially when you’re young and learning what works for you, you’ll buy your fair share of lip products that just don’t look right on your face. People’s complexions vary in ways that can be quite subtle; for example, while two people might be equally pale, one might look great in orangey tones, whereas the other looks better in purples and pinks.
- Use liner to enhance the shape of your lips. A good lipliner (in a matching color) can go a long way toward defining and enhancing the natural shape of your lips. Don’t do that ‘90s thing where the liner is darker than the lipstick. That never looked good, and never will. Instead, choose colors that match well. You can also apply a thin layer of liner on the surface of your lips before putting on your lipstick. This helps lip products adhere, even slippery glosses, so you won’t have to reapply as often.
From all natural homemade lip scrubs, to choosing the right products, you can make your lips pop with almost any look. Whether you’re headed to the beach with only waterproof mascara and tinted lip balm, or rocking a red lipstick on a night out, you can keep your lips looking great all year long.