How to Keep Your Lips-Lipstick Ready All Year Round

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When you think of summer, Think of  long days by the ocean and calming walks in the park may come to mind. However, what about chapped lips? Surprisingly, the scorching summer days can drain the moisture from your lips just as quickly as the brutal winter months, so make sure to keep your chapstick handy all-year long. If you’re constantly applying chapstick, how can you show off your perfect summer shade? You can achieve both a boost of hydration and sport a pop of color (matte and glossy finishes alike) with aid from the right products. Follow these simple steps to ensure chapped lips never inhibit you from sporting your favorite lipstick.

Dry, flaky lips killing your lipstick game? Fret no more! Torn between soft, subtle lips and a matte finish? No need.

                Exfoliate: Scrub Up, Ladies!

Dry, dead skin can often make your lipstick appear rough and uneven. These are results you never want when trying to achieve a flawless, fresh summer face. Before applying any color, scrub away excess skin by gently exfoliating your lips. Try Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ( Sephora) or Lush Lip Scrub ( Lush).

                Hydrate: Moisture is Key

Once you’ve said goodbye to all your unwanted dry skin, make sure to replenish your lips with a trustworthy chapstick or moisturizing treatment. Try something lightweight but effective to ensure your lipstick of choice will go on smooth and evenly. A great go-to is Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm (Sephora).  If you’re in need of some extreme hydration, check out GlamGlow’s PoutMud™ Wet Lip Balm Treatment (Sephora). It’s a pricey t, but worth every penny.

                   Prep your Lips

Give your lips a chance to absorb the moisturizer you just applied and then move on to the next step. Although not necessary, perfectionists out there may want to go the extra mile and apply a lip primer before your lipstick. Lip primer is great because it provides an extra layer of moisture underneath your lip color. Anastasia’s Beverly Hills Lip Primer is a great one to try (Sephora). Reviewers have raved about how this product prevents their matte lipstick from drying out their lips. Talk about a game changer, right?

Tip: If you are planning on going with a matte lipstick, make sure to apply lip liner. Because matte lipstick is often highly pigmented, it is difficult to remove and reapply without irritating or staining your skin. Check out Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil (Sephora). This is a great line of creamy, long lasting lip liners coming in an array of matte finishes.

                  Apply Your Perfect (Hydrating) Lipstick!

You don’t have to sacrifice moisture to achieve the color you desire. Try to choose a lipstick that is not only the perfect shade, but has moisturizing benefits too. This is particularly a good idea if you find yourself struggling with dry lips on the regular. A fan favorite is Bobbi Brown’s Nourishing Lip Color, which comes in fifteen luxurious shades perfect for every skin tone (Bobbi Brown). This product guarantees a nourishing lip color that leaves your lips both luminous and moisturized. If you’re looking for a long-lasting formula that won’t dry out your lips, try Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Lipstick (Estee Lauder). Coming in both a cream and matte finish, this lipstick lasts up to six hours and contains hyaluronic acid, which is sure to keep your lips dewy and fresh all day long.



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