Thursday, December 20, 2012

the perfect lip for the holidays

i love to wear lipstick, especially during the holidays. i recently picked up a new lipstick that i have been wearing just about every day. i have developed a routine that i do every time i wear lipstick. by completing this routine, the lipstick applies more evenly and the color lasts longer.

step one: exfoliate
this step is probably the most important step of them all! i use this lip exfoliant from lush and love the smell and taste of it. if you do not feel like purchasing an exfoliant, it is very simple to create your own (equal parts sugar and extra virgin olive oil). exfoliating buffs your lips and smoothes them.

step two: hydrate
after exfoliating, be sure to moisturize your lips. use a very hydrating lip product to lock in moisture. i have been using this vaseline lip therapy lately and love it.

step three: apply lipstick
once the lip balm has set in, apply the lipstick. although they are more expensive, nars lipsticks are my favorite as they have a really rich color payoff (scarlet empress is my current lip color).

step four: apply gloss
apply either a clear lip gloss or a gloss that is close in color to the lipstick. i usually add just a dab of lip gloss to the center of my lips for a little extra shine.


  1. I've been meaning to try out the Lush lip scrubs because I keep hearing such good things! Love that lipstick color!

  2. i really WANT to wear lipstick but just haven't mustered up enough (courage? confidence?) .. something yet. any tips for a lipstick newbie?