Years of kissing, pouting and talking contribute to fine lines and wrinkles around the lips, but glossy, rosebud lips don't have to be a thing of the past. These tips from the October issue of More are useful for lips of any age:
First, do no further harm and eliminate avoidable vices like smoking and too much sun, which speed up the aging process of the skin around your mouth.
Exfoliation can help reduce the appearance of fine lines by minimizing dryness. For the delicate skin around your mouth, try a product with fine granules or AHAs, such as ROC Multi-Correxion Exfoliating Cleanser ($10) once or twice a week; follow with a rich lip balm.
For plumper skin around the lips, products like Renova require a prescription, but nonprescription serums with retinoids or peptides can be just as effective.
Use a line filler for those cracks and crevices surrounding your lips. Applied before moisturizer, a product such as celebrity derm Pat Wexler's No Injection Instant Line Filler for Lips and Eyes ($18) will create a smoother surface.
When using a lip liner, don't go outside the line to try to fake bigger lips – it always looks fake. Makeup maven Trish McEvoy suggests using a primer not only on lips but also on the skin above the mouth to keep the color from bleeding.
Matte or dark lip color draws attention to thin lips; instead, apply a touch of gloss in a universally flattering peach shade. Concentrate the shine on the center of your mouth to maximize the effect.