Three Tips for Totally Kissable Lips

Pucker up!

Pucker up!

With a Valentine’s Day alert about to pop up on your iCal, it’s time to get your pucker ready for some action. And with the winter cold taking its toll on your skin and lips, they’re probably not in the best shape for showcasing the holiday’s signature scarlet lipsticks or bright eye-catching pinks. But fear not, because we’ve got a few great tips to get your lips in tip top shape, without the usual “drink more water” (though honestly, drink more water). With just three easy steps, you can take your lips from cracked and dry to plump and perfect in no time at all.

Ilia Balmy Nights

Ilia Balmy Nights

1. Exfoliate

If you’re anything like us, you need to slough off some dead skin on your lips before the thought of lipstick even enters the equation. Try the Ilia Balmy Nights ($26) exfoliator, which contains powdered volcanic stone for a deep and natural exfoliation without irritation. Housed in a slick and easy-to-use tube, just apply a layer and rub your lips together for a gentle treatment or try buffing it in with your fingers if you really want every last flake to disappear for good. Plus, the volcanic stone is suspended in a luxe and rich formula that will leave your newly treated lips hydrated and smooth.

Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum

Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum

2. Condition and Plump

No matter how many YouTube tutorials you’ve watched on how to get plumper lips and how to convincingly overline your pout with a nude liner, there’s just no way it’ll look convincing up close. Instead of fooling the eye with illusions and makeup tricks, try the Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum ($40), which promises to give your lips a boost of hydration and conditioning. Over time, the ingredients work to promote collagen production to promote a youthful appearance and a dramatically plump pout.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

3. Nourish

And to maintain your newly reconditioned lips, a rich balm will keep cracks at bay and give you the perfect blank canvas for any lip color. The Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm ($19) is infused with honey and precious oils to deeply hydrate your lips without irritants. Use before your lipstick for comfortable wear and smooth application and after you’ve removed your color for a conditioning treatment that soothes and protects.

Images courtesy Beautylish, Nordstrom and Dermstore

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