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As the sun comes out and the cold air disappears, it’s time to say goodbye to winter’s sore, chapped lips. The skin of our lips is especially thin and sensitive and needs appropriate care in order for lipstick and gloss to look good. Dry, peeling lips are not a good base for lipstick, as the color tends to peel off with bits of skin.

Exfoliate

The first step is to exfoliate all that dead skin. While there are commercial products that can do this, it is also simple to make your own exfoliator. Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar with just enough honey (or olive oil) so that it sticks together. Once a week (twice at the very max) rub the scrub onto your lips, vigorously enough to loosen the dead skin. Let it sit for 1 minute, and then wipe off with a damp washcloth. Or, you can take some baking soda and mix it with water to form a gritty paste. Use an old toothbrush (with soft and straight bristles!) or washcloth to rub the paste across your lips with circular motions. After either of these methods, apply a moisturizing lip balm.

A full pout

Women from all over the world are envious of Angelina Jolie for having those well-shaped, ample lips. Nature may not have bestowed you with the same pout, but don’t worry, there are a few tricks to making lips seem bigger. Bright hues such as pale pink or apricot reflect the light and make your lips fuller. Darker hues have the opposite effect.

Use a lip pencil in the same shade or slightly darker than your lipstick. It’s best to apply color with a lip brush. Dab on some lucent powder to extend wear. For a little gleam, apply lip gloss to the middle of the upper and lower lips.

Kissable

International Day of Kissing is July 6th. Are you ready? If you want to smooch with your loved one while wearing lipstick, make sure you opt for a kiss-proof product.