By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
Every woman alive wants plump, beautiful, kissable lips, and with the right care (and a little help from modern beauty technology), practically every woman can have them.
We all love wearing lipstick, and intense vivid colors — especially reds — are definitely in this season, and they can make your lips stand out in a crowd.
But the truth is that no amount of lipstick can create a perfect pout if your lips aren’t well cared for in the first place.
The skin on your lips is a lot thinner and more fragile that the skin on the rest of your body, so it cracks and chaps easily.
Moreover, lips have fewer oil glands and cannot produce melanin to protect themselves from the sun.
That means they need more TLC to stay healthy, particularly in the winter when cold air can wreak havoc, although dry summer air, sun and wind can all lead to chapped lips.
Here are some tips and products that can help you get and keep the lips you want.
Because the skin on your lips grows faster than the skin on your face, you should exfoliate daily, unless your lips are severely chapped or cracked.
Bliss has a great little spinning Fabulips ‘Pout-o-Matic’ wand exfoliator and an accompanying Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub exfoliating cream that is gentle on even sensitive lips and leaves a beautifully smooth finish that can actually help your lipstick last longer.
The Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub has finely granulated sweet sugar, almond and walnut shell, and is enriched with jojoba seeds, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and a healthy dose of vitamins A, C and E to nourish and condition.
And it also tastes delicious, with a sumptuous sugar-cookie flavor with hints of vanilla and mandarin (but don’t eat it).
Keep Them Moist
Lips need constant moisture, which means applying a good lip balm day and night and any time in between when you feel they are dry.
The French skincare line Nuxe makes a fantastic Rêve de Miel honey lip balm that smooths over lips and relieves chapping and hyper-sensitivity with one application that stays put for hours.
Enriched with acacia honey, sunflower seed oil, karite oil, shea butter, rosehips and almond cream to condition and nourish lips while soothing irritation, it tastes incredible and leaves your lips lip-smackingly smooth.
Although not suited as a primer for lipsticks, it is great when used at night.
Once you have those perfect, to-die-for lips, it’s time to pucker up and show them off, and that means wearing an equally-to-die-for lip color.
Nars Cosmetics has a brand new collection of long-stay, super-intense Orgasm Full Vinyl limited edition lip lacquers coming out that deliver extreme high shine and creamy, ultra-saturated color.
Orgasm goes to extremes with this new high-octane, mirror-like shine thanks to a special formula that drenches lips with intense color that looks like you just applied it.
Vitamin E imparts a moisturizing feel that will not dry out of flake.
And the unique, two-sided applicator makes for an amplified shine finish that is both smooth and utterly seductive.
There are a variety of new shades and textures to choose from, including some with a non-stop rocking metal glitter.