Prep for the essential midnight smooch.
Kisses are spontaneous in nature. We love those random pecks during a preview at the movies or at a traffic light. But, there’s one smooch we can expect annually, on the dot—the New Year’s Eve midnight kiss. Thankfully, it’s one we can prepare for in advance. The Sephora Glossy’s tips for a smooth, soft pair of lips will guarantee your first word of the New Year is “muah!” JESSICA VELEZ
STEP 1: MASK FOR MORE
Why should only skin and hair be pampered with a treatment mask? Your lips are a vulnerable area, so it’s important to prep accordingly. We suggest using Kaplan MD’s Lip 20 Mask the night before to gently exfoliate, hydrate, and enhance lips. The formula is fluffy like buttercream frosting and smells like peppermint, so it won’t feel like a chore. Apply it with the adorable accompanying spatula and let the natural papaya enzymes do their work on flaky skin for three to five minutes.
STEP 2: SMOOTH MOVE
Even though you gently exfoliated the night before, your lips may be exposed to devilishly cold winds throughout the day leading up to the evening festivities. In that case, get a heavier duty scrub on deck. GLAMGLOW’s PoutMud Treatment Duo comes with a pot chocked full of cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt, and hibiscus flower. Follow up with the accompanying Wet Lip Balm for a hydrated base sweetened with Moroccan mint leaf oil.
STEP 3: PLUMP IT UP
If there’s any night to make your lips really stand out, it’s New Year’s Eve. Lancer’s Volume Enhancing Lip Serum is a beautiful way to help create a fuller looking pout. The secret ingredient is Sichuan Pepper extract which makes lips react by appearing more plump. Swipe it on for that extra boost, making sure to avoid the area outside your lip line.
STEP 4: CHERRY, BABY
Nude? Too demure. Berry? Not festive enough. A luscious cherry gloss will be, well, the cherry on top of this look. Fresh’s Cherry Shine Lip Treatment will draw the eye to your lips, isn’t sticky, and won’t look messy post smooch.
STEP 5: KISSY FACE
Okay, so you’ll have to actually wait until the stroke of midnight for this one, but it doesn’t hurt to get in a little practice, right?