When two persons are enveloped in throngs of passion, their lips will naturally lock in a kiss that awakes all five senses. We kiss shyly, gently, hungrily, furtively, lustfully and triumphantly— under broad daylight and in the dead of the night. It can be stolen, passionate, repulsive, dry or scandalous. There’s a thousand and one way to kiss, ranging from an innocent peck on the cheek to a full on French kiss that takes your breath away. Although a kiss in real life might not awake princesses and turn frogs into princes, kisses can convey important information about the status and even the future of a relationship.
At the extreme, a bad first kiss can abruptly curtail a couple’s future. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that lips are often ranked high on any list that talk about the attractiveness of women and men alike. From Bridgette Bardot and Sophia Loren to Angelina Jolie and Jessica Alba, Hollywood leading ladies both past and present, are often adorned with a pair of full, luscious lips. The lips are quite an asset and the perfect pair will really make your face look brighter, happier and more perfect. So what does it take to own a pair of gobsmackingly gorgeous lips that can take your pout anywhere from coy to seductive? Read on to find out for yourself as only RSB will ‘Kiss & Tell’.
Ditch those Ciggies
Your lips are delicate and the skin on the lips is sensitive. Smoking leads to dry, chapped lips, thinning and wrinkles formation. Darkened lips can result from months and years of smoking as nicotine and tar is being transferred to the lips through inhalation of the cigarette smoke, causing discoloration with constriction of blood vessels in the skin. The build-up of noxious stimulants and the limited blood flow will turn your lips from their once rosy hue to a darkened, sometimes black version. In addition, smoking will wreck havoc to your skin and teeth as the single most important culprit of premature aging.
If you desire to have a pair of lips that men would love to pucker, it’s time to quit being a puffer!
Scrub the Grub
It’s one of those things which you thought most people are aware of but actually not that many are doing. Even your lips will benefit from the occasional exfoliation. An easy fuss free way is to soften your lips with a warm towel follow by a scrub with a soft toothbrush coated with some Vaseline, moving in a circular motion to help remove dry skin once a week. It is important to apply a moisturizing product after this home treatment. For something less rudimentary, consider the wonderful Sloane Inc. Lip Fabulosity Scrub. Featuring finely granulated sugar and fine almond shells, this deliciously sweet vanilla tasting lip treat gently buffs away dry flakes to unveil baby soft lips. In addition, it contains jojoba & olive oils, shea and cocoa butters, vitamins A, C and E to nourish and moisturize your lips at the same time as it exfoliates.
For the ultimate lip pampering treatment, consider having a ‘lip-cial’ to complement your facial at The Sloane Spa. “Our Lip Fabulosity treatment is specially designed to help bring back the youthfulness of lacklustre lips,” explains trained aesthetic therapist, Harriett from The Sloane Spa @ ION. “One of the key features of this treatment is the use of a special concoction of pumpkin and apple enzymes to gently melt away dead cells and erase stubborn stains from food residue and makeup.”
Colour accentuates the lips and your choice will determine the message you are trying to convey. Lipstick will last longer if you fill in your lips with the liner first as a base. If you’re using light lipstick, try a nude liner before you slick your lipstick on top. Never use a dark liner with light lipstick. Defined lips are great, but make sure the liner matches the lipstick or gloss. Dark liner and light lips is tacky and should have no place outside the set of “Little Shop of Horrors”. As lips thinned out with aging, therefore you should avoid matte and gloss and stick with a creamy lipstick. A better option will be a lip stain which also works for younger ladies who desire a more natural look. The Sloane Inc. Lip Stain comes in a variety of shades that matches all skin tones and are formulated to resemble a natural flush that stays fresh even after food and drinks.
Alongside captivating eyes, a pair of luscious full lips can be the difference between ‘average’ and ‘beautiful’ or make the leap from ‘beautiful’ to ‘gorgeous’. While previously one can only simulate fuller lips with clever make up, it is now possible to boost up the volume of thin lips with Natural Lip Fillers make of hyaluronic acid in a New York minute. “Keep in mind that less may be more when it comes to having your lips filled,” cautioned Dr. Toby Hui, a senior consultant with The Sloane Clinic. “I use Restylane or Juvederm fillers to plump up thin lips, reshape asymmetrical Cupid’s bow and enhance lip pillows but always making sure that the changes compliment the rest of the facial features.” In untrained hands, it is always easy to go overboard and end up with sausage lips akin to ‘Neemo’ or ‘A Fish Called Wanda’. To avoid the risk of looking overdone and for those who prefer to keep things natural, consider RevitaliftLips, a special procedure to pump up the hydration and amp up the sex quotient with carefully placed tiny doses of small particle hyaluronic acid that boosts lip’s natural moisture without increasing lip size. Sometimes, a subtle difference is all it takes to make a huge change.
Erase the Lines
One of the most annoying signs of aging is the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth that accompany the thinning of lips. Besides looking unsightly, they cause lipstick to bleed like crazy. You might not be aware of this but microinjections of Botox into the hillocks can correct this. Alternatively, a touch of Hyaluronic Acid fillers can do the trick equally well.