5 Quick Tips for Kissable Lips
Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King reveals how to perfect your pout.
-The Betty Editors
If you want this New Year’s Eve to end in that much-anticipated lip-lock, follow these quick, easy and affordable tips for irresistibly kissable lips from Poppy King, founder of the covetable Lipstick Queen collection. With just a light brush and a slick of shiny gloss, he’ll be yours in no time.
1. Exfoliate to Create a Perfect Canvas
Sure, you can stock up on expensive lip regenerating creams but King has a more affordable tip: “Just use a spare toothbrush to gently exfoliate your lips and then let some lip balm soak in.” Post-exfoliation is the optimal time to condition your lips as the moisturizer will be able to better penetrate your skin. Break out the brush the night before the big day and coat on this fruity-flavored find before you go to bed. Rosebud Perfume Co. Strawberry Lip Balm ($7, sephora.com)
2. Moisturize for a Soft Landing
Prep your lips for color by pre-applying a coat of moisture; if your lips feel hydrated, you’ll be less inclined to lick them, explains King. (Licking your lips dries them out and strips them of the ability to hold color.) “Something like regular Chapstick is truly the best [to apply under color] because it moisturizes your lips without changing the texture of any product you put on top,” says King. “But avoid viscous, gooey ingredients like aloe and cocoa butter.” Chapstick Lip Balm Regular ($1.99, cvs.com)