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As the mercury drops our need for extra layers isn’t limited to your wardrobe – your skin, particularly your lips require heavier protection in the harsher climate. Why? “The lips themselves don’t contain any oil glands, meaning they are more prone to drying out particularly in colder conditions when they’re faced with a drop in humidity and indoor heating,” explains Emma Hobson from The Dermal Institute. “A quality lip balm will help to add moisture, hydration and protect against the elements.”

Rich-and-thick lip balms alone have the power to instantly plump lips and redefine contours without the need for needles (even better when layered on thickly before bed), while lip-specific scrubs will buff away flakes, boost circulation, and bring a natural flush to your pout.

In preparation for this season’s line-up of fresh lip colours and covetable textures, now is the time to master your lip plan. After all nothing instantly kills a meticulously layered-on matte liquid lipstick like some rogue flakes.

Here’s everything you need to plump your way to a killer pair of lips this winter.

The Body Shop, Lip Scuff, $17.95. SHOP NOW
Ilia, Lip Exfoliator, $39. SHOP NOW
Clinique, Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Pink Framboise, $40. SHOP NOW

Grown Alchemist, Lip Balm, $12.95. SHOP NOW
Burt’s Bees, Moisturising Lip Balm in Wild Cherry, $6.95. SHOP NOW
Sisley, Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, $85. SHOP NOW

Estee Lauder, Pure Color Envy Blooming Lip Balm, $45. SHOP NOW
Lanolips, Banana Balm Lip Sheen 3-in-1, $15.95. SHOP NOW 
Mecca Cosmetica, Tinted Lip De-Luscious in NUde, $30. SHOP NOW

Carmex, Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm Pink Sheer Tint, $8.99. SHOP NOW
Dior, DiorAddict Lip Glow Pomade, $49. SHOP NOW
By Terry, Baume de Rose Nutri Couleur in Fig Fiction, $78. SHOP NOW


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