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Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year—what gal doesn’t enjoy receiving chocolate and flowers, after all? And when it comes to wearing makeup on this special day, it’s all about the lips. Whether you’ve got dry lips, thin lips, or just want to show off a pretty lipstick or lip gloss color on your pout, you can get a beautiful-looking pucker in time for Valentine’s Day. Follow these four Valentine’s Day lip hacks to help soften your lips, plus learn how to make your lips look bigger. Kiss, kiss!
The best way to ensure your pout looks its best on Valentine’s Day is to make sure dry, flaky lips aren’t detracting from your overall makeup look. The best way to combat dry lips that have crept up this winter? A sugar scrub, of course! Use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub to help create the appearance of smoother lips. All you have to do is smooth a small amount of the face scrub onto clean, dry lips with dry fingers. Then, massage over your lips with wet fingers and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use three times a week leading up to February 14th to help improve the overall look of your lips.
What better part of your face to highlight on Valentine’s Day than your cupid’s bow? It’s just so perfect! (FYI: Your cupid’s bow is the curve at the top edge of your upper lip.)
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick
How to play up your cupid’s bow:
Step 1: Pick a lip liner in the shade and finish of your choice. Choose a classic lip liner or one with a matte finish, depending on the finish of your lipstick. Pick a shade that closely matches your lipstick hue. For this look, we’ll be using matte lip liner and matte lipstick.
Step 2: Draw an X on your top lip. Start at the highest point of your natural lip and draw a straight line extending down. Do this on the other side, too, to finish your X.
Step 3: Define your bottom lip. Do so by drawing a line across the center of it.
Step 4: Make two Vs. Part your lips slightly and draw a sideways V to connect your top and bottom lips in both corners of your mouth.
Step 5: Connect the lines. Use your lip liner to draw short strokes to connect the lines.
Step 6: Fill in your lips. Apply matte lipstick in the shade of your choice. You’re done!
A pillowy-looking pout is within your reach—just go through the steps below to see for yourself.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner in Eternal Mauve
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lip Stick in Glossy Fawn
How to create the appearance of fuller-looking lips:
Step 1: Use a nude lip liner to line your lips. Heavily line the curve of your bottom lip using a lip liner, making sure you’re lining just slightly outside of your lip’s natural shape.
Step 2: Line your top lip. Be sure to stick to your natural shape on the sides and extend the lip liner slightly outside your lip’s borders when you get to your cupid’s bow.
Step 3: Color in the inner borders of the top and bottom lips. This’ll give you a slight ombré effect that is so on trend!
Step 4: Fill your lips in with a glossy lipstick. After applying glossy lipstick, gently blot your lips to help blend away any lines of demarcation.
There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror only to notice that your lipstick has faded away by midday. To help ensure your Valentine’s Day lip stays put, make sure to apply a lip primer first, then finish off by dabbing a tiny bit of face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, over your lips.
Next up: Here are The Best Lipstick Shades to Wear This Valentine’s Day.