October 8, 2009

Read my lips: Winter is coming!

Hey Beauties!

In my part of the country, the Midwest, the weather is changing and Jack Frost just can't wait to paint the landscape white! The temperatures have dropped to some of my favorite weather, that chilly, windy, dampness of fall. Next week they are forecasting a couple of nights that might actually freeze (yay! no more allergies!)

So what does all these weather changes have to do with makeup? Plenty! Have you ever tried to put a dark lipstick (oh so IN right now!) on rough chapped lips?? SO not a good look! Lips must be smooth and prepped to handle a dramatic look like that...dark and bright lipsticks are not the least bit forgiving of lip texture.

With the weather changing, unless you live in one of those places that is always 80 degrees and sunny (we need to talk if you have a guest room!), lip care should step up a notch. You'll still need that go-to lip balm (mine is Burt's Bees), but you'll need to add, if you don't do so already, an exfoliation step. There are many lip treatment products out there, but in an effort to save cash, lube your lips with a little lip balm or petroleum jelly. Then take a toothbrush and gently scrub your lips. This will remove most flakiness and leave lips smooth.

To keep lips smooth out in the chilly weather, don't go out without lip balm, lipstick or lip gloss on your lips, and use moisturizing or protective products. I recently purchased a Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm, SPF15 from Sephora. It only comes in a sheer pale pink shimmer color and it has kind of a bubble gum scent (but not the nasty aftertaste), but I noticed the second day that my lips were noticeably smoother. Us over-40 chicks may also appreciate how it smooths out the wrinkles, making our pout a little younger looking!

Products that will make dry lips look or feel worse: dark/bright lipstick, matte lipstick, long-wear lipsticks and glosses and some plumping glosses. A hint to keep lip color smooth is to apply lip balm balm before applying the lipstick or gloss (yes, before gloss!). The lip balm tends to help products stay put longer too.

I've got my lip balm and lip gloss on, so I'm outta here!

Until next time, Stay Beautiful!



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