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

3. Exfoliate

Exfoliate your lips to get off some of that dry dead skin. Vogue suggested designating a soft toothbrush and pairing it with a nice sugar-based lip scrub to properly exfoliate your lips. According to OralLabs, since sugar is a natural abrasive, it works beautifully as a natural exfoliant for your lips. Leave it on for about a minute or so, and then wash it off with a damp wash cloth. And make sure your lips are decently moisturized beforehand. You want a firm exfoliation, but nothing too rough that may irritate your lips.

4. Polish

You can use a lip gloss to help add a sheen to your lips that will make them subtly yet noticeably pop. Whether you’re using the gloss as your colored base or just adding a clear coat, because gloss picks up the light, your lips are about to look great. As dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner told Daily Makeover, applying lip gloss to the center of the lower lip is most effective, and gives your lips that natural looking polish.

5. Plump

There are so many natural ways you can plump up your lips without resorting to those chemically overloaded products, medical procedures, or weird viral Internet challenges. Among some of the most popular ingredients you can use to make your lips naturally fuller include cinnamon, peppermint oil, and cayenne, as recommended on YouQueen. These all work in much of the same way, by stimulating the capillaries in your lips and enhancing blood flow, making them fuller and rosier. But be careful — use sparingly! Just the tiniest amount will do the trick.

6. Color

To really accentuate the fullness of your lips, Seventeen magainze also advised that it’s best to avoid dark lipsticks. Now mind you, those dark and sultry red lipsticks will always and forever hold a special place in my angsty heart, to the end of time, no matter what anyone says. But opting for a nude or pale pink pout is definitely something you should consider, as darker shades do tend to flatten your lips a bit more. Along with this, as Gerstner also advised Daily Makeover, try using lip tints and lip stains instead of lipsticks. They’re guaranteed to last longer, and won’t run the risk of drying your lips out and giving them that cakey and flakey appearance that so often happens when the clock strikes midnight.