Not to be a downer, but we’ve gotta address the inevitable. Winter is coming. And cracked lips are a common problem during colder months. 

Without a plan of action, your lips—and your vampy lip look—are likely to suffer. Dark lipstick shades can be unforgiving, so be sure to keep chapped lips at bay!

Here we offer a few tips to keep your lips soft and smooth for flawless lipstick application. 

How to Condition Lips for Lipstick Application

Step 1: Exfoliate Your Lips 

Tho winter months can be dark and disorienting, and in a moment of cold-induced delirium, you might think it’s a good idea to buff your lips with a loofah. Don't do it. You’ve got options. For example, The Body Shop makes an excellent Lip Scuff that exfoliates and moisturizes. It’s formulated with crushed fig granules that help to remove dead skin and macadamia nut oil to replenish lost moisture. We repeat: Step away from the loofah.

Step 2: Revitalize Your Lips

When lips are severely chapped, a simple chapstick isn't going to cut it. Your lips need proper nutrition from a lip product with botanical ingredients like black currant seed oil. We recommend La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips. It’s specially formulated to soothe dry lips and give them what they need to heal.

Step 3: Repair Your Lips

Okay, your lips are just about primed for perfect lipstick application! The last step to achieving peak pucker condition is to repair the damage. Our favorite lip product for intense moisture is SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair. This holy grail product helps retain water to replenish lip tissue. 


What's your secret for keeping lips soft and smooth during the cold season? Let us know in the comments below! 

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