6 Ways to Make Your Lips Feel and Look Their Very Best

We’ve studied the YouTube beauty tutorials, flipped through the magazines, and paced the beauty aisles looking for the secret to getting kissable lips.

And guess what? It’s literally been right under our noses this entire time. First of all, if you have lips, they’re kissable. But if you’re looking to make them a little softer or more moisturized (especially during colder months), it’s totally possible. And contrary to some of the viral trends of this year, you don’t have to partake in the terrifying #KylieJennerChallenge, drown your lips in plumpers, nor invest in lip injections to make your lips more kissable. So we can’t all be blessed with the full lips of Scarlett Johansson or Angelina Jolie, but quite frankly, that doesn’t really matter.

All it really takes to make your lips to the next level is some old fashioned TLC. That may sound like a load of happy-go-lucky BS, but I’m about to break it all down for you. By investing the little bit of extra time and care into healthily maintaining your lips, without even needing to do much, they’ll naturally look more supple, vibrant, and enticing. Add in the right color and maybe gloss on that extra shine, and bam — you’re about to become the ultimate seductress of smooching. So read on for at least nine easy and healthy ways you can treat your lips to make them more kissable.

1. Hydrate

You’ve probably seen this tip on just about every list there is out there, at which point you may roll your eyes, dismiss it, and move on. Because yeah, yeah, we get that water is good for you and you have to make sure you’re drinking enough of it each day. Tell me something I don’t know, right? Well good, I’m going to say it again. Whether you’re trying to get healthier hair or naturally glowing skin — before you do anything — you have to make sure you’re drinking enough water. As pointed out on Livestrong, not only does water hydrate the inside of your body, but the small amount left over on your lips after taking a sip is what helps maintain fluid balance. Especially during the winter, when that cold air sucks the moisture right out of your skin and lips, you’ll want to rehydrate like it’s your job.

2. Moisturize

So you’ve got that internal hydration down. Now it’s time to focus on a little external moisturizing to further prevent your lips from drying out. You definitely want to have some lip balm handy throughout the day and especially before applying any sort of color. This sets your lips up as the smooth canvas needed for the perfect pout. And what’s great is that there are so many moisturizers out there. Cosmopolitan listed 33 of some of the best lip moisturizers you can try. Or you can always tap into your DIY game and make your own! Here’s a useful chart providing some of the top home remedies for chapped lips by using ingredients like honey, aloe vera gel, and coconut oil.

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