Kissing is one of my favourite activities. I have spent serious time
investigating products & tricks to make it better! Seriously! Other than
brushing twice a day, using teeth whitening treatments & flossing, it’s
all in the lips. Lipstick? Gloss? Balm? Help I am a guy I ain’t wearing no gloss!
Lip balm is essentially moisturiser for the lips — though the
composition is different to your facial moisturiser because the skin on
your lips has no sweat or sebaceous glands. This means that it doesn’t
generate sweat or other body oils, which is what keeps the rest of the
skin on your body soft and supple. This is the reason lips tend to need
a little help when it comes to moisture. A good lip balm is one of the
most important tools in your make-up stash. It’s best to get one with
some SPF to help protect your mouth from the sun, especially in summer,
while ski-ing, or any time you’re in the Southern hemisphere (something
about no ozone layer).
If your lips are totally dry & cracked, go for a medicated balm (I dig
Carmex). Another thing to consider is whether you’re drinking enough
water, since dehydration shows in the skin.
GUYS! You might be all oh hell no am I wearing lip balm, it is actually
really important (and you want kissable lips to get the hot girls!) Wear
it over night, when you’re home alone (there really is no excuse)
Lip gloss & lipstick are both purely cosmetic & used to add colour,
shine, flavour or glitter to the lips. (So only for the girls, unless
you like that kind of thing boys!) Lip gloss is often seen as a gateway
cosmetic for young girls, while lipstick comes from sleazier origins.
There seems to be some debate between whether it was first initially
used to imitate the flush of sexual arousal or to make the mouth look
more like a vagina, though it was definitely used by prostitutes. Kind
of amusing that something with such a salacious history is now used by
most corporate women. These days a lot of women feel naked without
lipstick, but even if you don’t wear it regularly, it’s a nice finishing
touch if you’re going out for a special occasion.
There are a few tricks to wearing lipstick, but I will tell you that if
you think your lips look thin usually, you should avoid using dark
colour on them. Dark colours make things look smaller (which is why
black trousers are so popular), so it’s only going to serve to minimise
your lips. If you want to wear lipstick, go for almost-nude or pink.
Leave the blood-reds & other vampish shades to the Angelina Jolie types!
So, you’re embarking on an adventure which may involve some kissing.
Should you wear lipstick, lip gloss or lip balm?
I say: go for the balm & touch up with lip-gloss whenever you feel like
you need it. Lipstick presents problems because:
a) if you’re kissing a boy, he is probably not going to want red lips
(unless he is exceptionally open-minded) &
b) if you’re kissing a girl, she probably already has her own colour on
& doesn’t need your contribution!
Plus, that messy Courtney Love-with-her-lipstick-all-smeared-off look
died a much-needed death a few years ago. Celebrate it!
If you feel like your lips look thin & your pout is missing something
without lipstick on, try a lip plumper like DuWop’s Lip Venom. Lip Venom
is a gloss containing the spicy oils of cinnamon & ginger which works to
plump up your lips & enhances the natural colour. Though it seems kind
of weird & barbaric, it’s a very effective weapon in kissing warfare —
it is very alluring! The story goes that it was created on the set of
Felicity to “mimic the same effect as kissing”, so if you want to look
as if you were born to make out, you should give this a try.
BOYS YOU CAN AND SHOULD DO THESE!
If you have a thing for little pots & specialty products, you could try The Lip Scrub
by Sara Happ. The name isn’t so original but at least you know what it
does, & it appears to get rave reviews all over the internet. It comes
in a variety of flavours (almond creme, peppermint, vanilla bean, brown
sugar, cinnamon sugar & cocoa) and apparently it is gentle enough that
you can lick it off & it won’t kill you. Awesome. Another way of
exfoliating your lips is to use an old soft toothbrush or a damp
washcloth to do the same thing.
Lip balm — I like to let my lip balm sink in for a few minutes before
doing anything else. In my experiments thus far, The Body Shop’s Cocoa
Butter Lip Care Stick (about £5 ) is my shining star. It goes on very
smoothly, it smells delicious & it moisturises like nobody’s business.
Lip gloss — Once your lips feel soft & supple, apply some kind of
gloss. Your mileage may vary in this department, since people like
different levels of shine, flavour & wear.
Experiment & enjoy! You might end up mixing a few different types & find
something you really love, but of course, applying a lush coat to your
mouth & then asking someone cute how it tastes is a good way of
garnering information too!