The Key to Getting Kissable Lips for That Summer Fling

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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.”