Beauty Tip: Lips Are Movin'
Healthy, youthful, soft and subtle, how lips should be.
Firstly you will need to remove any flakey or dry skin that can build up and hide your natural colour. Just a light exfoliation will do the trick, the skin on your lips isn't tough so you don't need to be harsh with the scrub. You can either use just your normal face exfoliator and simply pay attention to the lip area, or make a special lip scrub just for the job. Either way apply using a light circular movement, leave on for a few minutes then rinse off.
DIY Lip scrub: Mix a small amount of raw sugar, honey, ground cinnamon and olive oil (or any oil you like, we like to use the Body Glow Oil sometimes as it is coconut oil based) into a paste, apply to your lips and exfoliate the dry skin away. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and rinse off, if you don't like the residue left from the honey and oil then apply the scrub before you cleanse.
If you find your lips are still quite flakey and the scrub wasn’t enough, our tip is before you brush your teeth wet your brush and give your lips a light scrub. We love easy ways to work new ideas into your already existing routine. Do this daily if you are prone to dry or dull lips.
One of the best way to keep your lips looking healthy is to keep them hydrated. We love a classic like Lucas' Papaw and another great spin on it, HURRAW! If you need intense hydration try Ren Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue.
However you don't want to become too reliant on these products, so when you apply them wait a minute or two to allow your lips to absorb the product and then dab with a tissue to remove any excess, this will also create a subtle and natural look that will seem like you're wearing nothing.
If you think your lips are lacking in plumpness and the colour is a little dull, it may be the result of poor blood circulation, or the lack of colour can also be caused by ageing. Try rubbing some natural products like peppermint essential oil, ground cinnamon with a few drops of water or freshly cut ginger into your lips to stimulate the lips and make them seem fuller and brighter. Pepper is also another great natural fix but isn’t for everyone as it’s quite strong.
Oils are also amazing for your lips and don’t leave you glossy or sticky. As always we love coconut, almond and rose-hip oil. Even olive oil straight from the cupboard is nice to use on your lips. Just remember you don’t need much, a little goes a long way.
Having hydrated, exfoliated and the blood circulating well in your lips is setting up the foundations for using make-up products to the full advantage. Lips stains are such a nice way to add extra colour to your lips, we love our new limited edition Lip to Cheek Tints, they come in two shades, Peach #40 and Pink #60. You can also use fresh or frozen berries for a demure colour pop, try strawberries, cherries, raspberries, cranberries and pomegranate seeds. Soften them with your fingers before rubbing them over your lips, don’t worry too much about staying in the lines, we love the slightly smudged look.
Lip sticks are also a great way to make a statement with your lips. If you are going to wear a bright lipstick it’s nice to leave the rest of your make-up subtle to maximum the affect of the lips. We love Ilia Lipsticks and Mac Lipstick particularly in Ruby Woo.
Precautions to take:
Protect your lips from the sun, to avoid dark spots, dryness and early ageing. Use an SPF30 or higher and remember some oils like coconut have a natural built in skin protector.
Drink lots of water to keep your whole body hydrated including the skin on your lips.
Use a balm or oils to help keep your lips hydrated, nourished and protected from the elements. Especially in the cooler months.
Avoid smoking, as it can cause lip discolouration and wrinkles around your lips which can make you look aged and isn’t great for applying colour to your lips as it can bleed easily.