Pucker Up: How to Get Your Prettiest Pout for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day lip prep

Four steps for a loveable lip look on date night.

Whether your plans involve a fancy dinner or a romantic-comedy marathon, it’s always fun to dress up your lips for the heart-shaped holiday. But the key to a perfect pout isn’t just wearing a stunning colour––pre-application care plays a big part. Have your lips at the ready when Cupid comes calling with four simple steps.

Step 1: Smooth Things Out
Clear the way for better lipstick application with an exfoliator that gently removes dry skin and leaves behind extra moisture in its wake. These scrubs by M.A.C and Clinique are available in a range of flavours that smell lip-smacking good.

M.A.C Lip Scrubtious, in five flavours
Clinique Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm, in six flavours

Step 2: Give Your Lips a Drink
Before you even think about uncapping that lipstick, it’s important to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Soothe dry, chapped lips with Kiehl’s cold weather-proof formula, or get right into the Valentine’s spirit with Tony Moly’s shiny red lip-shaped balm.

Kiehl’s Mango Lip Balm
Tony Moly’s Kiss Kiss Lip Balm Essence

Step 3: Lip Service
This is where you add in any supplemental treatments to work their magic under your colour. Touch lips up with Estée Lauder’s or Clinique’s plumping and smoothing solutions.

Estée Lauder New Dimension Plump and Fill Expert Lip Treatment
Clinique All About Lips

Step 4: Choose Your Shade (The best part.)

Pretty in Pink
A pink lip is the cornerstone of a soft, romantic look. Paint your lips in a delicate pale pink or try a ’90s-esque muted rose.

Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in 01
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Pink Berry

Classic Red
When in Rome, right? Red is always a good idea, especially on February 14. Celebrate your lips in Dior’s legendary 999 shade or Nars’ Dragon Girl, a celebrity favourite.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Color Lip Color in 999
Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl

Go for the Bold
Mix things up with an unexpected, fun-loving hue, like an energetic bright orange or a playful purple. (Warning: the kiss stamps you leave on your date’s cheek may be more noticeable than usual.)

Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Oil in 102 Apri Cute
Teeez Cosmetics Material Girl Lipstick in Purple Addiction

Photography by David Pike.