4 Tips For Gorgeous Lips

A close-up of a woman with gold earrings wearing nude lipstickBeautiful, soft lips are desired by women everywhere. You see luscious lips featured on magazine covers, in lipstick ads, and on the faces of your favorite celebs. Who says we can’t have them, too? Here are some ways to improve the look of — and protect — our lips.

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1. Skim Lip Product Labels

Can’t get enough lip balm? If so, check the ingredients you’re putting on your lips. To protect from sun damage, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Avoid parabens and fragrance, which can be irritating. Also, if you tend to get chapped lips, you may need to avoid camphor and menthol, super-aromatic ingredients that can dry your lips. Instead, look for ingredients that help lips hold on to moisture. These include glycerin, mineral oil, aloe, lactic acid, and sorbitol. Lanolin and beeswax both soften lips instantly.


2. Slough Away Flakes

You probably already exfoliate your face and body. But did you know that your lips can benefit from this treatment, too? Apply a dab of sugar and honey (it helps the sugar stick) to your lips and rub gently, using small circular motions.

Turning over those epidermal cells can help stimulate new collagen, which somewhat slows down the aging process of the lips. Finish by wiping your mouth with a damp cloth and applying lip balm.

3. Don’t Make Matte Forever

Matte lipsticks can be extremely drying (which helps these lipsticks stay put for so long). That’s why you should use them sparingly when your lips are extremely chapped. Instead, alternate use of them with hydrating lipsticks (as indicated by ingredients like vitamin E and/or glycerin) or add a layer of moisturizing lip balm underneath.

4. Don’t Smoke

Studies have linked smoking with premature skin aging. Smoking accelerates skin cell damage and collagen loss, which leads to wrinkles. So skip the cigarettes and layer on the lip moisturizer.


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The Healthiest Foundation For Black Skin

Does healthy foundation for a flawless look even exist? One of the most common problems that women make is putting too much of the wrong foundation all over their face, instead of choosing the right shade and formula for their skin, and then using less of it.

But first — which form do you choose? There are sticks, liquids, creams, and powders.

Even skin, your skin isn’t too dry or too oily, then for the most part you’re fine with anything. Just be sure watch the timing of how long you keep your foundation on and that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients.

Dry skin is best with a cream or liquid — these glide easily over the skin.

Oily skin is best with an oil-free liquid but a powder foundation’s even better.

You should go for the sheerest coverage possible. Show your real skin through your foundation. It has life in it — freckles and little idiosyncrasies are what make you…you. Liquid is the sheerest form of foundation. Powder and dual finish powder are less sheer. And cream can be the heaviest, most opaque of all.

How to get flawless skin

Foundation is the best way to make skin look smooth and even. It is general consensus that yellow-toned foundation looks the most natural on all skin tones. To find your perfect match, swatch a few shades on the side of your face and check your reflection in natural light. The shade that disappears is the right one. If you have to apply foundation on your neck to make it match your face, you’re using the wrong shade. It’s a good idea to have two shades of foundation — one for the winter months and a slightly darker one for the summer when skin color tends to warm up.

Foundation formulas range from low-maintenance tinted moisturizers to moisturizing liquid cream foundations with more coverage. Here’s a look at what the different formulas have to offer:

  • Tinted moisturizers and tinted balms combine the benefits of a face cream with the skin-evening properties of a foundation. They’re a good choice for…