Lip Care Tips & Lip Color Tricks

Lips are a fun and easy feature to play up. Before drawing attention to them, though, make sure they're soft, smooth and properly primed. Here are some lip care tips and color tricks to enhance that beautiful smile.

Exfoliate, Moisturize and Protect
If your lips are chapped or peeling, use a soft, clean toothbrush or a lip scrub to gently exfoliate and remove loose skin. You can make your own lip scrub or opt for one of the many available in salons and stores. Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm that contains sunscreen.

Colors and Finishes for a Whiter Smile
If you like a prominent pucker and want to try a bold shade, keep a few things in mind:

Blue-based reds will make your teeth appear whiter, while orange- and brown-based reds will make them appear less white.

Berry shades — think raspberries, purply reds and deep plums — also have a whitening effect. Slightly sheer and glossy formulas are smile brighteners as well.

Keep Color on Your Lips and off Everything Else
While long-wearing lipsticks and matte finishes often last longer than shiny ones, they can sometimes make your lips appear dry. Here are some other options that can provide staying power and keep lip color where you want it:

Before applying lip color, use a lip liner to outline your lips and then fill them in. This helps keep color from feathering into the tiny lines around your mouth, plus it stays on longer. [Note: We love Mirabella's Perfecting Lip Definer. It's a clear lip liner that defines lips, while creating a protective barrier; so lip products stay put with no bleeding or feathering. Plus, it's dye-free, lead-free, and paraben-free! Available at Cultures.]

If you're prone to getting lipstick on your teeth, try closing your lips over a finger after application. The color that comes off on your finger is what would have likely ended up on your teeth.

To prevent lip color from transferring to your drinking glass, discreetly lick the rim before touching your mouth to it and taking a sip.

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