Your initial reaction to this might be, "Duh, I know how."
But do you really, and are you getting the most out of your lubricant?
Before even getting to the "how to", let's start with the basics like what type of lube is best for you: water-based, oil-based, or silicone-based. In general, owners of a sensitive vagina should opt for a water-based lubricant because they tend to be less irritating. And if you use condoms or toys, water-based lubricants are the best option because they are compatible with most condoms and toys. Water-based lubricants wash off easily and usually don't stain, but they do need frequent re-application. Oil-based lubricants are more slippery (FUN FACT: GLISSANT means slippery in French) and longer-lasting than water-based lubricants. The main downsides are that oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex toys and condoms and don't clean off as easily as water-based lubricants. Silicone-based lubricants are even more slippery than oil-based ones, but they don't wash off easily. Silicone lubricants can break down silicone toys making them more difficult to clean because of the uneven surface. controversy exists
So how to use a lubricant? I know you are going to roll your eyes when you read this: there is no "right" way to use a lubricant---but there are some tips you may not have thought of: 1) Use as much as you want where you want. The only disclaimer here is you should avoid lubricants with possible irritants such as glycerin, parabens, propylene glycol or phthalates. 2) Use your lubricant as part of foreplay. Pour (or spray in the case of GLISSANT) a generous amount of the lubricant in your hand and rub on your own intimate parts and/or those of your partner. Doing this not only lubricates all the necessary parts, but it also gets all parties involved in the mood. 3) Oil-based lubricants can double as a massage oil (you'll appreciate this if you're a multi-tasker like me). 4) If you're feeling a bit cool, warm up your lube by rubbing it in your hands before applying to yourself or your partner to get things heated up faster. 5) "Lubricated" condoms do have lubricant on them, but it's usually added after the condom is rolled up so the shaft of the condom can still be dry. Water-based lubricants can be applied to the condom after it's been put on to decrease friction. Less friction means less possible tearing and transmission of sexually transmitted infections. 6) And most importantly, the best way to use a lubricant is any way that makes you feel good.