Today is a HUGE day for your lips: either you have a date and are planning on some serious smooching, or you don't have a date and you want to make everyone who is not smooching you super jealous. (Or, you're heading out with girlfriends and kissing a stranger. #NoJudgment )
So, I've worked out how to get awesome, kissable lips in under five (Yes, you can do this on the subway en route to your date or in the bathroom after dessert). Here's the run down:
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Exfoliate: I know, there are a zillion different ways to exfoliate lips: dry toothbrush, drippy pre-made lip scrubs, a DIY mix of sugar and coconut oil, etc. But lately, I've been depending on my The Body Shop Lip Scuff, $13, which is an exfoliating and hydrating stick. It's not messy. It's easy to use on the go; just wipe it off with a tissue after applying.
Hydrate: I am a huge fan of SuperSmile's new Ultimate Lip Balm, $22; an insane blend of hydrating boswellia oil and hylauronic acid. Not only does it taste delish (kinda like vanilla-dusted almonds), it reactivates every time you lick your lips. For reals, people. It's genius.
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Color: Once your balm is absorbed and good to go, layer on a pretty, kissable color (You know, the ones that won't make your man look like a clown post kiss. I've done it. It's awkward. He's a trooper.) I'm a big fan of stains, since they are guaranteed not to budge. Try Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain in Scarlet, $26, which is creamy and sexy, but won't budge.
Oh, and most importantly: Skip the plumpers! No one wants their lips to burn or tingle when they kiss you and, after asking a bunch of guys, they don't even really like how it looks. (Granted, I had to show plumped and unplumped pictures of a certain unmentionable celeb's lips).
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