I’m sure a lot of you have, at some point, had to use lip balm, because your lips get dry or chapped easily. That’s fine, but did you know that applying lipstick after applying lip balm can ruin the lipstick’s appearance?
That’s, at least, the case according to Sir John, a celebrity makeup artist with famous names such as Kim Kardashian under his belt.
Anyway, Sir John, who is the Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, recommends using a natural exfoliant on your lips instead of lip balm before applying lipstick, as according to him, lip balm will ruin the texture and appearance of the lipstick.
Most of the time, he uses a mix of honey and oatmeal or perhaps eye cream to naturally exfoliate lips instead of using lip balm.
“ChapStick sometimes will take away the texture of your lipstick,” he said. The makeup artist, whose clients include Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Kim Kardashian, and Chrissy Teigen, said that if you wear harsh lipstick, you need to moisturize. “We have a matte lip trend right now — everyone loves matte lips — but they dry your lips out like nobody’s business. So you have to take care of them.”
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To add to his statement, Sir John mentioned a few alternatives to exfoliating lips, the proper way. “My number one tip for flawless lips is to exfoliate the lips,” he said. “I love to use a little bit of honey and brown sugar as a natural lip scrub if you’re really in a hurry.” This scrub can be used “to moisturize and to slough off any dead cells,” Sir John said.
Hello Glow says that anyone can make a natural exfoliant simply by mixing a teaspoon of honey with two teaspoons of any sugar and a teaspoon of almond oil. They add that you should massage this onto your lips and then rinse it with warm water.
Sir John added that he will also use a similar mixture of cornmeal and honey in the event that he doesn’t have brown sugar on hand.
If your makeup bag is fully stocked up, but you don’t have access to the aforementioned ingredients, then there’s another way, according to Sir John.
“Don’t be afraid to put eye cream on your lips,” he said. “The skin on your eyes is just as thin as the skin on your lips,” he said, adding that eye cream doesn’t have the same oily quality that lip balms often do.
While all this may sound a bit strange, Sir John was a mentor on “American Beauty Star,” and he has some seriously high-profile clients, so it might just be worth giving a try.
Would you try these natural exfoliants before applying lipstick instead of using lip balm? Share your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to follow and give some love to Sir John as well!