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Chances are, you’re probably already pretty familiar with face scrubs and body scrubs. After all, exfoliation—i.e. sloughing away 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 scrubbing your lips? 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. The other good news is that many face scrubs, such as sugar scrubs, can double as a lip exfoliator as well. Below, get step-by-step instructions for using a lip scrub as part of your pre-makeup skin care routine.
Let’s get right to it! It’s time to scrub-a-dub-dub. Apply a liberal amount of your scrub of choice to clean lips and use gentle circular motions to exfoliate. Reach for a gentle sugar scrub that is also hydrating, such as the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub, which contains coconut oil and cocoa butter, or the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub, which is formulated with grapeseed oil. Another option? A coffee scrub! Just as the caffeine in coffee can help make you feel more energized, a coffee scrub can exfoliate and energize tired lips. We recommend L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, which is formulated with coconut oil, three pure sugars and yes, finely ground coffee. 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 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. For a subtle matte look, enhance the natural color of your lips with a nude lipstick shade. The end result: your lips, but better.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude 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 all of 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 an extremely matte finish. Definitely a reason to use a lip scrub beforehand!
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Les Chocolats Scented Liquid Lipstick
Whether you’re a makeup novice or master, there’s always room for improvement in terms of your lip makeup 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 lip color 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. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with the cleansing liquid and wipe the pad across your face.
Using a lip scrub shouldn’t be a one-time deal. Our multi-tasking face and lip scrubs are actually meant to be used three times a week! So, the next time you’re ready to apply color to your pout, reach for a lip scrub first to get your lips in tip-top shape. Then, work your way through the previous steps for a pretty pout that will ensure all attention is on you.
Want more lipstick-related advice? Check out our article, How to Prep Your Lips for Liquid Lipstick.