This winter’s popular makeup look focuses in on the lips, especially the berry, deep red, or dark matte lips. However, having dry, cracked lips from the cold weather makes it difficult to achieve the look. Follow these tips to make your lips plump and soft this winter.
Remove Lipstick Residue and Exfoliate Away Dead Skin
I always like to use a makeup remover at the start of my skin care routine. I usually use the Bioderma Crealine remover, which is really gentle for sensitive skin. For heavier makeup, the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Lancome Bi‑Facil Double‑Action Eye Makeup Remover, removes mascara and lipstick very quickly and easily. I’ll apply the remover to a cotton pad, place it on my lips about for 30 seconds and then wipe it off. An extra tip is to use a Q-tip with a dab of remover and rub it along the lines of your lips to gently whisk away the rest of the lipstick. To exfoliate away dead skin, I like using a lip scrub every two weeks. The LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub has the perfect amount of exfoliation while also leaving your lips hydrated afterwards. The sugar base also makes it sweet and edible in case it gets in your mouth. I’ll leave it on for about 10 seconds and then rinse with warm water while gently rubbing it with a toothbrush in circular motions for extra exfoliation.
Hydrate Your Lips
Recently I’ve been really into Korean beauty and discovered two perfect lip care products from Laneige and Tony Moly that have changed my winter lip care routine. After exfoliating, I will layer on a thick layer of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask using the cute pink spatula that comes with it. This lip mask really helps soothe and transform chapped lips into supple lips. I apply this every night before bed and in the morning I wake up with soft and hydrated lips. The TONY MOLY Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch intrigued me after seeing a lot of bloggers and YouTubers rave about it, because it’s so cute and fun. About once a week, I’ll use a lip patch after I apply the lip mask for extra moisture and keep it on for about 15 minutes. Since the lip patch is made with a medley of hydrating and nourishing ingredients, you can definitely use it on its own.
Protect & Lock In Moisture
The lip balm is an essential lip care product, especially for winter. There are three lip balms in my skincare routine, each with a different way to treat and hydrate my lips. During the day it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, so a lip balm with UV protection is key. I wear the Supergoop Lip Balm SPF 30 during the day and the texture is very hydrating and long lasting. The second one is the Lucas Papaw Ointment, which is an amazing multi-purpose product that I always carry in my bag. I apply it to my lips, but also love applying it to my cheeks for a nice glow that’s perfect when I need to freshen up my makeup. The last one is the Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment because this medicated lip balm is great for when I have more serious dryness or cold sores (which happens more often in the winter).
Hope these tips will help you achieve soft and supple lips this winter! Let me know what your must-have lip care products are!