Why You Should Always Prime Your Lips — Plus Our Favorites to Try

June 02, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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The key to a great makeup look is in the skin prep — and that extends to your lips, too. Believe it or not, there are quite a few steps that go into prepping your lips for lipstick, from applying exfoliator to primer. Ahead, we’re sharing a three-step lip routine, plus five of our favorite lip primers to help you create the best base for your favorite lip look.

  • STEP 1:


    Exfoliating your lips is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth lipstick application. The L’Oréal Paris Pure Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub smells amazing and thoroughly wipes away any dry flakes lingering on your pout. Plus, it doubles as a face scrub.

  • STEP 2:

    Apply a Balm

    Pick a lip balm to hydrate your lips before lip primer and lipstick application. We love the Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for a soft, restorative finish.

  • STEP 3:

    Add Your Lip Primer

    Lip primers are the final and most important step before applying your lip color. They work to plump and create a smooth base that will instantly magnetize your favorite matte liquid lippie or lipstick. Find our five favorite primers of the moment to try below.

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