When talking about skin care and makeup, most of the time, lips can be an afterthought. But good lip products can put the exclamation point on your entire look. From the most subtle balm to the slickest gloss, here is my list of must-haves to pamper your pucker.
I think everyone needs a lip cream. I’ve seen too many old ladies with their lipstick bleeding into their upper lip lines. I’m trying avoid that look 30 years from now. Every night I apply Dr. Jeannette Graf’s Rejuvenation Retinol Lip Cream http://health-and-beauty.become.com/dr-jeannette-graf-rejuvenation-retinol-lip-creme–compare-prices–sc1158373930 to my lips, upper lip, and my smile lines. The retinol helps smooth out the appearance of fine lines and your lipstick sets better and lasts longer. If you can’t bring yourself to buying a cream specifically for your lips, make sure to exfoliate them daily with a damp wash cloth and slather on some balm every night.
I fondly remember my dad always having a pot or tube of Carmex in his pocket. It was, and is to this day, the only “manly” lip balm. But I prefer something a little more girlie to keep my lips soft throughout the day. A pot of Korres Lip Butter http://www.korresusa.com/product/6600/lip-butter/color/category/lips is always in my purse. It’s packed with shea butter which is deeply hydrating, and it provides a pop of color. It’s also a double-duty product, and can be used to add a natural tint to your cheeks. If you haven’t discovered Korres Beauty yet, please check out their website http://www.korresusa.com/. It’s a line from Greece that avoids using petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones, and synthetic forms of ingredients in their products. All in all, really good stuff for you and the environment.
Fusion Beauty says that 1 in every 5 women in the United States has a tube of LipFusion http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P91112&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5781, their cornerstone product, in their purse. There’s good reason for that stat, it’s just plain awesome! It’s a big, gorgeous lip gloss that makes your lips look fuller, lasts for hours, and feels great. This revolutionary lip-plumping gloss uses patented dehydrated marine collagen filling spheres to plump up lips instantly and painlessly. There are a ton of lip plumpers out there, but this is the original, and it’s stood the test of time in the beauty world. I always have a “clear” tube in my purse, but they come in a rainbow of shades flattering every skin tone. Don’t be intimidated by the colors, every shade is quite sheer. If pink is your signature color, try “Sweet”, if you prefer a nude lip, go “Bare”, and if you’re looking for that universal shade of pretty, you can’t go wrong with “Sugar”.
So give your lips some love and treat them as they should be treated. People are sure to notice these small changes in your beauty routine, and your partner will most certainly appreciate your efforts.