Pucker Up for National Kissing Day

By Tara Thompson Rasmus

Is it just me, or does it seem like almost every day is a “National Something Day”? Whether it’s a day dedicated to pizza or siblings, it seems like every day on the calendar now has its own social-media theme. I have to admit, I’m reluctant to get on board with most of these “insta-trends” — but National Kissing Day? What girl would say no to that?! Besides being heart-pounding fun, kissing the person you love has some hidden health benefits as well. Smooching your significant other has been proven to release happy hormones, boost self esteem, and even lower blood pressure. So, whether this little holiday was invented by the Facebook gods or not, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pout-perfecting picks — from scrubs to primers to balms — to help you feel smooch-ready today, and everyday. Pucker up!

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e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator

This lip scrub has a bit of a cult following for being both super-effective and super-gentle. A mix of sugar and nourishing oils like grape and jojoba, this gritty stuff will smooth your pout like nobody’s business.

Liplux SPF 30

Next order of business after exfoliation? SPF, of course! While I try to have some kind of sun protection on my lips on a daily basis, though during this time of year, I really go for it with at least full SPF 30 (nothing worse than burnt lips!). I love that this pick is paraben-free.

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm

A luxurious lip balm in a pretty package isn’t technically necessary…but, in my opinion, upgrading a simple, use-it-all-day product like this to a beautiful version does  make a difference. This beautiful tin is filled with avocado- and olive-oil packed balm.

Julep Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment

For serious shine, a hint of tint, and major moisture, this little tube from Julep hits all of the right notes. Personally, I love a lip product that provides all of my protection and beautifying needs in one fell swoop — easy!

Ultimate Ozone Multizone Primer Pencil by Urban Decay

If a serious lipstick is more your speed than a tinted balm, this primer pencil will be your new BFF. It moisturizes, fills fine lines, and makes your lipstick look better and last longer — all in one pretty little package.


Tata Harper Skincare Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint

For a lip stain that stays (plus a hint of flush for your cheeks!), I’m seriously loving this sexy tint from organic-beauty-goddess Tata Harper. Infused with nourishing Spanish lavender, this is the perfect product to toss into your bag before heading to the beach.


Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Lipair

And finally, when your smooch-filled National Kissing Day comes to a close, you need the perfect balm to keep your lips smooth and nourished all night, right? Try this petrolatum-free formula that contains ceramides, which are naturally occurring fats that help skin lock in moisture for hours.