By: Karen Chou-Tiam, Beauty Editor

The skin on the lips is unlike skin anywhere else on the body, it is thinner and has no oil or sweat glands. Oil acts as a barrier for skin, helping to protect it from the elements. The lips are constantly exposed to irritants such as the tip of the tongue, our food and drinks, environmental pollutants, the weather, and the list goes on and on. Because of this exposure, they are prone to dehydration, particularly during the cold, windy winter months. With a little love and care, your ragged lips can look perfect in no time. Follow these few easy steps and you can kiss with confidence.

Intensive care

Think of your lips as a sponge: When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink. Here are some simple tips that will help you to take care of them.

CLEAN

Completely remove all of your lipstick with Be Gone! Lip Color Remover, NYX, $8.
One swipe is enough to gently buff away any long-wearing colour or lip balm.

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliate the lips once or twice a week. This helps to remove dead layers of skin and generate regrowth of new skin cells. Frequent exfoliation can harm the lips so use a soft exfoliator such as a sugar-based product that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin. Lip Scrubtious, MAC, $19.
Or for more sensitive lips use Lip Balm & Scrub Honey, Sephora Collection, $8.

HYDRATE

Keep your lips hydrated overnight by using an intensive lip care pomade. It works while you sleep to give your lips all the necessary nutrients to keep them peppy throughout the day. Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade’s innovative, oil-gel texture delivers a high concentration of shea butter, providing your lips with deep nourishment, protection, and instant comfort while you sleep. Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade, $41.

Perfectly Prep

Start taking care of your lips first thing in the morning by staying hydrated. Drink a glass of water when you wake up and keep drinking all day long. Also…

PRIME

Use a luxurious and intensely rejuvenating formula to soften roughness, relieve discomfort and help hydrate and repair even the most seriously dry lips. The Lip Balm, La Mer, $70 renews the delicate lip area and strengthens lips’ moisture barrier to help prevent further damage.

MAKE READY

Hydrogel patch sends powerful moisturizing ingredients to your lips faster than any gel or cream formulas. It leaves them perfectly prepped and ready for make-up. Say ‘hello’ to lips that are ready for action with FlashPatch Lip Gels, Patchology, $64. 

Colourful or Nude

Pink, red or nude lipstick goes well with all types of skin. Opt for a tint liquid lipstick if you prefer a light texture or a gloss to make your lips look more luscious. Kiss the back of your hand to reduce the excessive lipstick/lipgloss shades and you will look splendid.

LIPSTICK

Embody your femininity with colourful lipsticks. L’Oréal Paris offers a range of formulas infused with pure pigments and camellia oil, to give richest colour. For a moisturizing matte finish pick up a nude shade. Lipsticks, Colour Riche Lipstick Balmain Limited Edition 467 Urban Safari, L’Oréal Paris, $18.

LIP TINT

Coat your lips with an innovative lip product that offers a lightweight texture and delivers intense glossy colour for an extremely long-lasting stain. Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain, YSL, $43.

GLOSS

Between classic lipstick and liquid formulas that are steadily on the rise, lip gloss has been bumped out of the spotlight. Lancôme offers a bi-phase technology that deliver the first pigmented lip oil with two distinct phases. The first phase features a transparent oil for a comfortable, non-sticky shine. The second phase provides pigment for a touch of colour. Shake the bottle like a cocktail shaker to emulsify them. Juicy Shaker, Lancôme, $29.

LIP LINER

Get primed and ready with a lip pencil. 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil, Urban Decay, $20 is a best seller waterproof lip liner that glides on smoothly to prime and define lips for long-lasting colour and clean lines. The line features a wide array of shades that coordinate with your favourite lipstick.

Final touch

Here some professional tips and products that will make your lips fuller. No need to buy 50,000 lipsticks, just add the following products to your makeup case and your favorite lipstick takes on a glossy or matte finish. Or simply seal it.

PLUMP

No need for surgery or injections to have full lips. Use this moisture-rich gloss on top of your lipstick to create a long-term, plumped lip look. Infused with botanicals like jojoba and avocado oil, it helps soften and smooth your lips. Lip Injection Glossy, Too Faced, $29.

PLUMPER DEVICE

Plenty of lip plumper devices on the market are compact, easy to use, and safe. JuvaLips Original Lips Plumper, $162 works by increasing the blood flow into your lips creating a fuller, more voluptuous look.

SEAL

No, My Lips Are Sealed Lipstick Topcoat, Know Cosmetica, $25 is a transparent gel that helps your lipstick last longer with less fading and smudging, and fewer embarrassing stains left behind.

MATTE

Change your favourite cream lipstick to matte instantly with Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer, Smashbox, $26. This non-chalky gel mattifies any cream lipstick formula into a velvety one, improving its wear without feathering.