Get kissable lips for party season

BRONWYN WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:07 14/12/2012
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SWEET TREATS: M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Colour, Clinique High Impact Lipstick, Lush Lip Scrub, Evolu Eye + Lip Line Serum, and Comvita Nourishing Lip Treatment.

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New Year's Eve is a night of great parties, great outfits, the countdown of all countdowns and - hopefully - a New Year's kiss.

Whether you'll be snogging a loved one or hoping to snog a certain someone, make sure your lips are in tip-top kissable shape.

You've got a couple of weeks to get them up to scratch. The clock starts now.

Soften: Soften up those smackers and remove any dry skin with regular polishing. Apply a lip exfoliator once a week, working it in gentle circular motions into the lips. For a cheap DIY alternative, apply tonnes of chap stick to your lips, and then gently buff with an old toothbrush to remove dead skin.

Products to try: Kissable Lips Smoothing Lip Exfoliant, $27 from Mecca Cosmetica; Lush all natural sugar Lip Scrub (lick it off after using for a delicious edible treat!), $12.20.

Hydrate: We apply serums, eye creams and moisturisers to our face and eyes, but what about our lips? Give them some love and attention with nutrient packed products and deep hydrators that work to reduce fine lines and environmental damage.

Try Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment (for fine lines and wrinkles), $62; Evolu Eye + Lip Line Serum, $64; or Comvita Nourishing Lip Treatment, $24.

Prep: Avoid embarrassing lippy malfunctions by priming your lips before you apply colour. Lip primers work like any other skin primer, to provide a smooth base and stop the makeup slipping. Follow this up with a good lip liner, either in a neutral shade or one that matches your lippy. Follow the natural line of the lips with your pencil, and then feather the pencil in to cover your whole lip.

Try: M.A.C Prep + Prime Lip, $23; Mary Kay Timewise Age-Fighting Lip Primer, $35; Bobbi Brown Lip Liner, $52.

Plump: Got thin lips? No problem, fix them without needles with products specially designed to give a boost and plump the lips. Most lip plumpers on the market contain a minute amount  of skin irritant, to encourage blood flow to the lips. Common ingredients include cinnamon, cayenne pepper and ginger. Some products plump the lip with thickening products that visually bulk onto the skin, making the skin surface bigger. It's worth trying out a few different products to find which one works best for you. Apply your lip plumper underneath your lip colour for plumper lips for up to 24 hours.

Try: Fusion Beauty Lip Plump, $89 from Mecca Cosmetica; Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper, available in four colours plus one neutral, $55; or Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect, $69.  

Colour: If you love a bright colour on your big night out, then opt for a matte lipstick - it lasts longer on the lips, is more likely to be kiss-proof  and you can always add a gloss on top if you like a shiny look. If the natural look is more your thing then wear a lip tint, it'll enhance the natural colour of your lips and add just a touch of a rosy hue.

Lipsticks to try: M.A.C Lipstick in Russian Red, $42; Innoxa Couleurs D'ete in Orange, $20; or Clinique High Impact Lipstick, $46.   
Lip Tints to try: Lush Lip Tint in Charisma, $24.90; The Body Shop new tinted Lip Gloss, $23;  or Smashbox Image Factory Airbrush Whipped Cheek Colour (also makes great lip stain), $43

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