Tip #1: It’s All About the Prep.The secret to smooth, seamless lip color is starting with properly prepped lips. In other words, moisturize, soften and polish.
First, gently exfoliate your lips to slough off any dead skin, then follow with a hydrating, softening lip balm. You might be thinking, “Is this really necessary?” Trust us, you don’t want color looking cakey and clumping to your dry lips. (How’s that for a powerful visual?)
Something to note: If you regularly find your lips feeling dry and chapped, that could be a sign of dehydration, so make sure you’re drinking enough water, especially if you’re a coffee or tea drinker.
Once your lips are fully scrubbed and smoothed, you’re ready for color. If you’re applying lipstick right away, blot your lips with a tissue or blotter to remove any excess balm.