Whether you’re obsessed with gloss, sheen or matte, lip products look awful when applied to dry lips with dead, flaky skin.

I just thought some peoples’ lipstick just looked better on them than it did on me, until I learned how to do this. Lightbulb moment…anyway.

Most days I opt for nothing more than simple lip balm, however on days where I am on top of my makeup game, I will always exfoliate my lips first. While you can buy lip scrubs, you can also use a pinch of baking soda on your finger, dampened with a few drops of water until a thick paste is formed. Apply this onto your lips in a circular motion and massage in for a minute or so. Rinse well and spit; this will taste salty for just a second. Pat dry, and apply a balm to add moisture. Then, go bananas with your lipstick. Your lips will look magazine-shoot ready.

If you want to make a sugar scrub because you’re crafty-like, try this:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 10 drops of your favourite essential oils (I mixed lime and vanilla in my most recent batch)

Stir together, allow to solidify and scoop out a pea-sized amount for your lips. Apply the same way you would the baking soda paste above. You can also use this on the rest of your body (it feels great).

Enjoy 💋