The Key to Getting Kissable Lips for That Summer Fling

Kiernan Shipka

When there’s someone you want to smooch, do these things first. Celeb makeup artist Kirin Bhatty shares her go-to pout ritual, in honor of National Lipstick Day.

If there’s one thing that’s unacceptable on a first date it’s Dave Chappelle-style crusty lips. “Smooth lips are important, firstly because there’s a comfort factor,” says makeup artist Kirin Bhatty, who works on such stars as Freida Pinto, Kieran Shipka and Florence Welch. “Also, be it balm, gloss or lipstick, without a smooth surface your lip color will look uneven as the more parched areas on your pout will absorb more product, making your lips look splotchy.”

Splotchy lipstick — especially as we celebrate National Lipstick Day on July 29 — is no light matter. To start with, exfoliate. Bhatty is a fan of old-fashioned lip scrubs because they dole out immediate results and are easy; use one weekly or biweekly. “I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Love and Lip Magic system ($35) — exfoliation coupled with anti-aging.”

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In a pinch, on sets, she makes her own scrub using a raw sugar packet plus coconut oil or Lucas PawPaw Ointment ($10). Meanwhile, at home, she “goes the extra mile, combining equal parts honey, brown sugar, white sugar and 1/2 part olive oil for a yummy, exfoliating, moisture-rich lip treat.” For those whose lips tend to be dry, she recommends PawPaw, Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream ($21), Eve Lom Kiss Mix Lip Treatment ($22) and, for a tint, Dior Addict Lip Glow Lip Balm ($33).

True hydration seekers can apply Kate Somerville’s Age Arrest ($75) mask on their pout once a week, leaving it on overnight. And then before applying lipstick — her favorites are NARS Audacious Lipsticks ($32) because they’re super pigmented, semi-matte and hydrating — the final step is Chanel Lip Balm ($35). “It’s a smooth formula that really hydrates and creates a supple, soft base to begin with.” Final tip: “If you find it a touch shiny, blot a little off before following with your lip product.”


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