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Did you know your lips suffer in the heat and humidity? Summer weather causes lip color to melt and become prone to smudging. Take some preliminary steps to ensure your lips are prepared to stay in place without altering textures or colors based on the weather. Flawless lips are well-defined, bold, and of course, a great color. Follow these ten tips for fancy, flawless lips this season.

  1. Year-round you should be exfoliating your lips, but even more so in the summer. Combine salt and almond oil for a quick DIY lip exfoliator. This routine will keep your lips soft, supple, and healthy. Continual exfoliating also preps your lips so they can better hold lip color.
  2. Begin with a lightweight base of natural lip balm. Stick to balms with vitamins and essential oils as opposed to chemicals. For a simple DIY recipe, try Free People’s Coconut & Tea Tree Oil Lip Balm. Most DIY lip balms simply require beeswax and coconut oil.
  3. When applying lipstick or lip gloss, try to steer clear of sparkly or shimmering shades. Solid colors go on smoother, and they create a bolder appearance. If you are using lip gloss, that should be shimmer enough. For a more matte, sparkly look, combine your lip balm with a shimmery eye shadow and dab on your lips.
  4. Always sample lip colors before purchasing. Every girl can pull of red lips, but every girl needs a slightly different shade of red. To find your perfect match test several options out at the store to find the right one for your skin tone. The same goes for nudes and darker shades—test them all out.
  5. When it comes to lip liner, find one shade that matches your natural lip color. Instead of buying a handful of liners to match your favorite lipsticks, stick to one liner that you can apply before your lipstick. Use it to sharpen your cupid’s bow and the corners of your lips. You don’t need to use liner to perfect your lipstick. Simply use a Q-tip or tissue to get rid of any smudges outside the lines, but overall lipstick quality has improved over the ages making liners unimportant.
  6. Don’t over-apply lipstick to the outer corners of your lips. You want to keep your lipstick natural even when you’re using maroon. Start in the middle and gradually lighten the pressure as you move to the edges.
  7. Always pop your lips to even out the color. This will help the coverage move toward the inside of your lips slightly.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate