It’s that time of the year where everyone is all loved up! regardless whether you’re single or not, you should still love your lips! There’s nothing worse than chapped lips with lippy on, never mind kissing them…

Prep

It’s key to make sure your lips are in top condition, otherwise your lippy is not going to last at all and will just look awful.

Firstly you need to get rid of the dead skin on them puckers, I recommend The Body Shop Lipscuff, It gently exfoliates away dead skin cells, leaving you lips softer, plumper and moisturised. Follow with your favourite lip balm, as your lips can never get enough moisture.

TOP TIP: Do this before you start the rest of your makeup, to give your lips a chance to absorb that moisture!

Liquid Matte Lipsticks

These are a new type of lipstick that’s definitely here to stay. They look smooth and glossy on application, but they’re designed to dry down to a matte stain finish, which means they’re typically long lasting and do not budge.

Most brands do these now, but here’s two that have been proven to last, through eating, drinking and of course, kissing;

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte – Gossip Girl. It drys down to a beautiful comfortable matte finish and this shade is just a perfect everyday pink.

Kat Von D Evertlasting Liquid Lipstick – Mother. This drys down very quickly to a lovely non flat matte finish and this shade is a beautiful dusky mauve pink.

Of course if you prefer more of a nude or red lippy, the shade range from Huda & Kat currently have a combined total of 64 shades! WOW!

MATTE Lipsticks

If you’re not into the liquid lipstick application, then there is plenty of ‘straight from the bullet’ matte lipsticks out there.

You can’t go wrong with MAC’s Russian Red! Despite it being a matte formula it looks and feels creamy, yet it stays put! The shade is an intense red, with a blue undertone, very Marilyn Monroe!

Urban Decay’s ‘Vice’ Comfort Matte Lipstick’s have amazing pigmentation with creamy formula and are perfectly matte! The shade Afterdark, is a dark berry pink, it’s stunning!

Lip pencils

So many people forget to apply, but some don’t even own a lip pencil – CRAZY!

Not only do they help your lipstick last that little bit longer, but if your lipstick does wear off, you’ll be left with some colour on your lips. So you won’t have weird looking lips or have to worry about reapplying your lippy every hour!

I’m not saying have a lip pencil for every lipstick shade you have, but I would have 1 shade of a nude, a pink and a red. Then you’ve got all the basics covered.

You may be surprised to hear, that there’s also different formulas of lip pencils out there, avoid the creamy ones – stick to matte! You need that matte base to help your lippy last.

The Body Shop, Rimmel Exaggerate and Essence Long Lasting Lip Liners, are some of the best that I’ve tried and they’re really budget friendly!

TOP TIP: Fill in your entire lip, not just the outline. If you want to adjust the shade of you lipstick, put a darker or lighter lip pencil shade underneath. To give your lips some dimension you could use a darker lip pencil in the corners of your mouth and blend. Or you could just where the lip liner on it’s own.

Happy Valentines! xXx