How to: Guide to Lip Preparation

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

A fun tidbit about me - in one of my large lectures at college, my professor referred to me as "lipstick girl" because they didn't know my name. Lipstick has essentially become a part of my identity as I wear it so often. It is most definitely my favorite type of makeup.

I've gotten a lot of questions about how I prep my lips for lipstick lately as it's an important part of the lipstick application process. With the liquid lipstick craze that is so popular right now, dry/cracking lips are a serious issue. This post will discuss the steps I take to prep my before lipstick application and my favorite products to use for that purpose.

Step 1: Exfoliation

Immediately after moisturizing my face, I like to exfoliate my lips using the Elf Lip Exfoliator in Mint Maniac. Any lip scrub will get the job done for this step. I'm also a fan of Lush's lip scrubs, however I prefer the convenience of having a lip exfoliator in bullet lipstick form rather than using my fingers to dig product out of a jar. The Elf Lip Exfoliator is a sugar scrub that buffs out any dry patches. It also contains vitamin E, shea butter, avocado, grape and jojoba oils to bring some moisture and nourishment back into your lips.

Another fun tip on ways to exfoliate your lips is to rub them vigorously on a dry washcloth. This always gets the job done for me when I'm in a pinch and really need smoother lips without using any products!

Step 2: Lip Mask

The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is my holy grail lip prep product. It is a leave-on mask that brings intense hydration back into your lips. I suffer from chronically dry lips year round. Painful, cracked, and bleeding lips were a hallmark for me, but this has completely changed that. The mask does feel a bit thick on my lips but it sinks in over time, so I like to apply it right after exfoliating my lips at the beginning of my makeup routine. I also love applying it at night before bed if I need an extra boost of hydration. Although this lip mask is a bit pricey, a little product goes a long way. I am still on my first tube after daily use for a year and a half!

Step 3: Lip Balm

About 5-10 minutes before I apply my lipstick, I apply a thin layer of lip balm to really draw a final layer of moisture back into my lips. Although this is not really necessary after applying the Bite lip mask, it doesn't hurt to apply a lip balm or at have one with you for on-the-go usage. Some of my favorite balms are the eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. They're thin but not greasy, apply clear, hydrate, and come in many flavors. Admittedly the moisture these balms provide do not last super long for me, but they're good to throw in your purse and apply when you're starting to feel some chapped lips coming on.

Step 4: Liner and lipstick

And now for the final step - applying your lipstick of choice (liner optional)! Exfoliating and moisturizing your lips through the use of a lip mask and lip balm should provide a smooth, even base over which you apply lipstick. A good lip care routine is crucial in preventing flakiness and patchiness that can occur, especially with liquid lipsticks.

I hope you found this little lip prep guide handy in establishing your own routine! Which products do your lips love? Leave a comment below to let me know!