When it comes to makeup, what is it about lip treatments and lip colors that makes us so prone to fill our drawers and cabinets? Most of us may one one or two blushes and foundations, but there is always that makeup bag full of scrubs and balms and sticks and plumpers and pencils and glosses? Perhaps it is because with the simple change of a lip product, your entire look can be updated or changed or dramatically altered
That could certainly explain the abundance of lip color products, but what about the rest of them, the treatments and moisturizers and luxurious balms? Lips themselves do not have the same oil glands as the remainder of our complexion, so we need to help them along to stay soft and smooth and comfortable.
- Scrubs — Lip scrubs help remove the dry flaky bits that can accumulate, especially if you tend to wear long-lasting formulas. You can choose from a physical scrub such as Sara Happ The Lip Scrub or an enzyme product like Colorescience Lip Exfoliator . There is also the DIY method of applying a generous layer of Vaseline to the lips and then gently buffing them smooth with a warm wet washcloth.
- Moisturizers — Lip balms help moisturize and protect the delicate skin of our lips, especially when you choose one with sunscreen. And while I love lipbalms, there are almost too many to contemplate really. Sticks and wand applicators tend to be more user-friendly than pots. For a multi-purpose daytime tinted lipbalm with sunscreen, take a look at Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20. For a nighttime treatment, you can try one of the more heavy duty options such as Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight.
- Treatments — Plumpers and masks are seem to be more popular lately, and why not since we treat our skin to those same luxuries. For a smooth canvas under your lip color, a primer is highly recommended like the Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer which also contains moisturizing ingredients to condition the lips. The Golden Spiral Botanics Lip Repair Serum and the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask are both intensive moisturizing treatments to nourish and repair the lips. One of the more popular lip plumpers is the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme .
- Color — Once you are smoothed, nourished, and primed, the ultimate end goal is beautiful lips! When we care for our lips the same way we care for our skin, then the color product looks that much better. Whether you lean towards a nude-pink gloss or a rich red cream, make it yours and wear it proudly. I think we need about three at minimum — a nice easy tinted lipbalm or lipgloss for the weekends, a soft neutral for weekdays, and something for those special nights.