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Chances are, you’re probably already pretty familiar with face scrubs and body scrubs. After all, exfoliation—i.e. sloughing off dulling, dead skin cells from the surface of your skin—can leave you with skin that looks bright and feels smooth. But have you ever thought about using a lip scrub? If you haven’t, this could be a good time to start! That’s because a lip scrub can help remove dead skin cell buildup, which can in turn allow for a smoother lipstick application. Below, get step-by-step instructions for using a lip scrub as part of your makeup routine.
Let’s get right to it! It’s time to scrub-a-dub-dub. Apply a liberal amount of your lip scrub of choice to your lips, and use gentle circular motions to exfoliate. Once you’re done, wet a soft washcloth with lukewarm water and wipe the lip scrub away.
After you’re done with your lip scrub, smooth on a hydrating lip balm or lip conditioner to help keep your lips feeling nourished and smooth.
Now you can go ahead and get colorful, as you’ve successfully prepped your lips for pigment. After using a lip scrub, you’ll likely realize that lipstick applies more smoothly. Below, we share our picks for the best kinds of lipsticks to apply after a lip scrub.
Matte lipsticks: The flat look of these lipsticks is super-trendy, but they can sometimes emphasize any patches of dryness due to their non-shiny finish. That’s why using a lip scrub beforehand can be beneficial.
Product pick: L’Oréal Colour Riche Matte Lipstick
Bright colors: There’s nothing subtle about these vivid shades, but when applied overtop of flaking lips, they’ll leave nothing to the imagination. Take advantage of your newly smooth lips and indulge in vibrant colors.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip
Dark colors: When it comes to dark lips, we can basically say ditto to the above.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Spice 860
Liquid lipsticks: Long-lasting liquid lipsticks can also bring attention to any dry or flaky areas, as these formulas typically have a matte finish. Definitely a reason to use a lip scrub beforehand!
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick
Whether you’re a makeup novice or master, there’s always room for improvement in terms of your lipstick application. Thankfully, fixing goofs is relatively simple, so you don’t have to start all over again if you mess something up. If you’ve colored outside the lines and need to clean up the shape of your lips, use a small brush and a creamy concealer to hide any mistakes. You’re almost done! Just place your pointer finger between your lips once and pull out. This quick trick may seem pointless, but it can actually save you from the embarrassment of lipstick transferring to your teeth.
All good things come to an end—including your gorgeous lipstick look! At the end of the day, you’ll have to take off your makeup before heading to bed for the night. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which intensely purifies, removes makeup (even waterproof!), cleans dirt and impurities, and can be used on the face, eyes, and lips. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
Using a lip scrub shouldn’t be a one-time deal. So, the next time you’re ready to apply a vibrant color to your pout, reach for a lip scrub first to get your lips in tip-top shape. Then, work your way through the above steps for a pretty pout that will ensure all attention is on you.
Want more lipstick advice? Check out our article, How to Prep Your Lips for Liquid Lipstick.