Just recently I picked up a book at the library called How To Not Look Old. How brilliant is that marketing? I challenge anyone over 30 to resist a title like that. (Or the follow-up book How To Never Look Fat Again by the same author. C’mon!)
Apparently, I’m doing okay on several of the “young and hip” rules. Wear my own nails? Check. Lighten your hair? Of course. But one surprised me: “nothing ages you like dark lipstick.” What?! Apparently dark lip colors emphasize dark circles and also make lips look thinner. Yikes. Not good. Darker lipsticks can also be trickier to apply precisely, which could be adding to how it makes us look older. Okay, I’ve surrendered my darker lipstick. Now what?
What we should be wearing? Shimmery pink lip gloss. A gloss complements natural lips much better and gives them a natural-looking glow. I know, I can hear you through the screen—we don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of ready-made lip glosses to use.
Here’s the good news – you can clean out your lipstick collection and easily turn your favorite red into a shiny berry-colored gloss. And while you’re at it, add a bit of cinnamon flavor to naturally plump your lips. Did you know that’s the magic ingredient in those lip plumping lip glosses? Me neither. But my babysitter did. She was like, isn’t that what they put in those lip plumpers anyway? Yes… of course… darn those young hipsters!
Red Hot Cinnamon DIY Lip Gloss
Put a glob of petroleum jelly in a microwave safe bowl and add a small bit of lipstick. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir to combine. If needed, microwave a few more seconds until everything is melted. Make sure to stir it well so that the lipstick pigment is evenly dissolved in the jelly—we’re looking to change from a lipstick to a sheer wash of color, remember?
Tip: For a little bit of shimmer, you could add a bit of powdered highlighter—this is a great way to make use of any shattered highlighter pans that you just haven’t got around to re-pressing. However, this is totally optional and only if you want that extra shimmy-shimmer on your pout.
Add a few drops of almond oil and 3-5 drops of cinnamon. Almond makes everything a little softer and more nourishing, plus adds a nice natural shine. A little bit of cinnamon goes a long way so use a dropper to avoid overdoing it with the cinnamon. We want our lips to look and feel good! Check the flavor – add more if you want it hotter! Pour mixture into a lip gloss container and let cool before using. It won’t melt down in a pocket, so feel free to make a few to store in various pockets and bags to ensure that you’ve got younger-looking lips, everywhere you go!
Not only does this stuff smell awesome but the cinnamon makes the lips tingle (plumping in action!). I look younger already, right? Don’t answer that….70