Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff has tended to the red carpet and magazine cover looks of everyone from Charlize Theron to Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Megan Fox, Kate Bosworth and Eva Mendes, so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about keeping your pucker in top shape. A self-confessed lip balm fiend, Dubroff wrote in to Jossbox recently to tell us about her current favourites, being responsible for the rise a cult classic, her favourite trick to getting soft, kissable lips and to give us the scoop on her very own line, which is launching this month.

“Dear Jossbox,

I’m very into lip balms at the moment – I’d even say I’m a balm fiend! I love clear ones, tinted ones, ones in tubs, tubes and wands; you name it. I’m always on the lookout for the best lip balm; hydration is key in my book, drinking lots of water and fresh juices to keep the skin moist and the lips hydrated. I look for balms that are very healing, and ones that have a flattering tint. I use these alone for ‘no makeup’ days or when the eyes are the focus and the lips just need to look natural and healthy. I’m very proud to say that I was one of the first to ‘discover’ By Terry Baume de Rose on a trip to Paris. I started using it on my clients in NYC and LA – the word spread and this became a coveted and much talked about luxury must-have. It was also, for many, their first introduction to this line.

I still use Baume de Rose, and I also love La Mer’s The Lip Balm for its minty taste and rich, matte finish. I especially love the more natural offerings for lips since you basically eat what’s on your lips. Clark’s Botanicals is a long time favourite – both the clear and the tinted versions. I’m a huge fan of Fresh Sugar balms. I love every since one of the colours and the sweet taste. I also just discovered In Fiore – this San Francisco-based botanical skincare brand that has this gorgeous balm called Veloutee. It’s a multipurpose balm for the eyes and lips and is made of nourishing oils and extracts. I always keep this one handy to keep my eyes and lips nice and dewy.

Lip balms are great for when you need to scrub dry skin off your lips. This is my favourite method: first massage a dense balm onto you lips. Then use a scrub or a damp washcloth and exfoliate. Reapply lip balm and see if any dry skin remains. Be very careful, as dry lips can bleed easily. If needed, repeat steps using lip balm to start and finish each part of the process.

pati dubroff luster lips

I’m launching my own brand soon! It’s called Pati Dubroff Beauty and will retail at Costco stores in the US and a few select locations internationally. I put together a set of 5 tinted chubby lip balm crayons called ‘Luster Lips’. I’m so in love with the sheer, luminous glow these give – my clients are loving them too. They’re not too shiny, they’re just perfect!

Love,

Pati.”

Check out more of Pati’s incredible work at www.patidubroff.com and follow her on Twitter at @patidubroff.

Images 1-12 courtesy Pati Dubroff.