One of the main focal points of our face are our lips, which, with our eyes, are the top feature people find most attractive when searching for their special someone. Many of the biggest beauties of all time have been famed for their pouts. In an era where it’s becoming more normalized to resort to surgery to tweak our features, here are over a dozen ways of maintaining your natural beauty instead and embracing your individual pout!
#1 Exfoliate Away!
This isn’t a special treatment you should use too sparingly, it’s something your lips cry out for all year round and especially in the colder months. It isn’t costly either, as you can either buy a lip scrub or make your own with sugar! For when you want to #treatyoself, Lush are the best, and last for months and months. If you really want to save, use an old toothbrush and gently.
After removing all the dead and rough skin from your lips, it’s time to hydrate with a deeply conditioning moisturizer. For daytime, if you want to use a lipstick or colour over them, stick to something that will sink in quickly. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (€3.95) comes in a multitude of flavours, both coloured and colourless. The natural ingredients treat the lips and are great for daytime wear. For nighttime, use something richer like the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (€21).
#3 Support Those Pillow Lips With SPF
Nothing is more damaging to the skin than the sun’s rays. Don’t ever forget that includes your lips, which are just as susceptible to damage as the rest of your skin. So many lip balms contain SPF nowadays it’s not hard to protect them. La Roche-Posay Cicoplast (€6.45) have a balm with SPF50!
#4 Find Your Perfect Nude
When it comes to lipstick and colours, you should have a variety that range from nudes to bright and deep colours to make the most of those lips whatever mood you are in style wise. For those with pale coloured lips, pink toned nudes work best. For those with red toned lips, both dusky pinks and caramel/beige tones are best, whilst dark lips look best with deep browns and burgundy toned browns or dark, neutral pinks.
#5 Inject Some Colour
Don’t feel that your lips can only look good if you stick to certain shades that look natural or an amped up version of a natural lip colour. There is a certain power in playing with bold shades that give a shock of colour, from fuchsia and hot pink to purples and even blues. What you feel suits you and work it!
#6 Enhance the Cupid’s Bow
Lip liner has made an incredible comeback in the last few years. It can really define the lips naturally once you make sure to stick to your natural outline. The only place you should slightly exaggerate is the cupid’s bow, bridging it slightly and defining the peaks for a natural pout. If your bottom lip is lacking, draw the middle of the lip line slightly lower but stick to the corners’ natural outline.
#7 Find Your Best Berry
Berry shades come in plenty of different variations, so regardless of your skin tone or natural lip colour, there is one that will flatter you. These shades are so appropriate for colder months, giving your lips a bittern, flushed look. And they tend to make the teeth look whiter too!
#8 Hollywood Reds
A Hollywood red will never go out of trend, as much as we love a new lip look. A nude lip may be the most wearable for everyday, but nothing gives us that old school glamorous glow like a rich red lip. Try orange hued reds, blue based reds and burgundy reds to find your preference. Marilyn Monroe knew what she was doing…
#9 Stains to Gain
There is a timeless beauty factor to the stained lip, reminiscent of a bygone era from the beginning of last century onwards, regaining popularity in waves. The beauty of a stain is they won’t budge all day and you don’t feel them, so they aren’t drying out your lips or leave behind an overly sticky residue.
#10 Gloss and Shine
Gloss is one you must be slightly careful with, or you’ll look like an extra from a 90s girl band. Go for a gloss with no or minimal shimmer to avoid it looking in any way cheap. Don’t go overboard on application either, all you need is to dot some on the middle of the lower lip and blot your lips together. We recommend the Dior Addict Lip Maximiser (€36.50) or the H&M Lip Gloss (€7.99).
#11 Lip Masks
From time to time you should pamper your lips even more so, just as you do your skin. Lip masks are a relatively new trend on the market, but now that we’ve experienced them we can safely say it’s about time. Indulgent yes, but they aren’t just a fad if you go for those with ultra nourishing, conditioning ingredients.
#12 Illuminate the Cupid’s Bow
Who said illuminators are just for the cheekbones? By sweeping a small amount of highlighter above the cupid’s bow, the lips look juicier, more pronounced and plump. Opt for liquid highlighters or finely milled powders and creams with minimal glitter as you don’t want any chunks or large particles but a delicate sheen so to look as natural as possible.
#13 Shade Under Lower Lip
When trying to achieve this step, don’t go overboard with the shading whatever you do or you’ll end up with a deep brown or orange line on your chin that you’ll have to blend with excessive concealer. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Simply run some contour colour lightly under the lower lip and blend out any harsh edges.
#14 Slight Shimmers
Metallic shimmers are one of 2017’s biggest lip trends, so why not get on board and try a glimmer of gold or frosty silvers? Jouer Cosmetics is in the lead with their Long-Wear Lip Toppers (€17.33). If you would rather go for a slight shimmery sheen for more of a natural result, the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (€20.80) is a great option, as are the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Finish Lip Color (€26.50).
#15 Ombré Effect
Lastly, an ombré lip has recently emerged as one of the biggest trends of the last few years in the beauty blogger world, high fashion, not to mention street style. Popularised in Korean beauty, which has been the influencer above all other beauty traditions, it has spread phenomenally quickly. Dab a coral or bright colour on the inner parts of the lip and using your finger, blur outwards.