It's no secret that soft and sexy-looking lips make for an irresistibly kissable pout. But not everyone has a naturally perfect pucker like Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima. We went to dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner to get the scoop on how to get a soft pucker, plus a few of the best products to help you create supple lips that no man can resist.
"Exfoliate lips with a sugar scrub, using a soft bristle tooth brush," Dr. Gerstner says. Try Philosophy's Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub to smooth out lips and get rid of dead skin. Or, make your own scrub at home by mixing two crushed up strawberries with a tablespoon of sugar. Rub on lips using a Q-Tip to create a sweet, exfoliating treat.
For healthy lips like Nicole Richie's, Dr. Gerstner says to stay away from cigarettes. "Smoking leads to vertical upper lip lines and wrinkles, not to mention that smokers are at a higher risk of developing lip and lung cancer too."
"Apply lip balm, especially in cold temperatures, to prevent chapped, flaky lips," says Dr. Gerstner. We love Votre Vu's Champagne Kisses Enhancing Lip Balm, which keeps lips hydrated with shea butter and coconut oil.
"Lipsticks often rub off, but there are lots of lip tints that are long-lasting and leave a natural pink tint. My favorite is Benefit Benetint," says Dr. Gerstner. It gives a natural rosy color like Vanessa Hudgens', plus its petite size makes it perfect for on-the-go-girls--just toss it in your purse and you're all set!
"Sunscreen is important for lips too. Look for a lip balm or lip treatment with SPF," Dr. Gerstner says. The new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipsticks are just what the doctor ordered. They're packed with SPF 12 and color-saturated pigments for lips that are kissable and healthy.
When it comes to lip liner, take a cue from bombshell Marisa Miller and her sexy, nude pout. "Learn to apply lip liner without looking too over drawn; keep the color as natural and nude as possible," reccomends Dr. Gerstner.
"Lip gloss can add a polish and sheen that makes lips look kissable. To get the best results, apply gloss in the center of the lower lip," says Dr. Gerstner. Clinique's new Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balms are a gloss and treatment in one. They add a touch of subtle color and hydrate with mango seed butter and jojoba seed oil.
Make your lips stand out with a pearly white smile like Lea Michele's. "Bright white, clean teeth complement lips and make your smile look healthy. Use whitening strips or see a dentist for professional whitening trays for at home use," says Dr. Gerstner.
For a full, sexy pout like Christina Aguilera's, try rubbing a pinch of cinnamon on your lips just before adding your lipcolor. It will add a spicy boost that will instantly plump up your pucker for a fuller, more lush lip look.