We all want lush, pillowy lips but sadly we weren’t all born with them. While there are countless options out there for plumping up your smile, they aren’t all worth your while. Lip injections and painfully and expensive while lip plumping creams can be pricey and provide barely noticeable results. Before you shell out the money for a plumping treatment, try a few simple and easy alternatives!
Get a Natural Boost
Cinnamon is one of the most common ingredients in lip enhancing balms and glosses. There is no need to pay for an extra product when you can get a pinch of cinnamon for pennies. While it can be an amazing addition to your beauty arsenal, proceed with caution. Your lips will swell because they are irritated. There is a fine line between pouty and just plain painful so test in small amounts. If cinnamon doesn’t work for you, try out some peppermint.
Brush Outside Your Mouth
Exfoliating your lips is important and incredibly easy. You don’t need any special creams or brushes. After you brush your teeth, simply give your lips a quick brush. Be gentle and don’t scrub. You should just give them a light exfoliation. After you are done, follow up with a moisturizing lip balm.
If you want a quick boost after you brush, you a wash cloth. A damp wash cloth will exfoliate, boost circulation, and prep your lips for color.
Use Makeup Strategically
Just as darker clothes make your body look thinner, darker lipstick shades also make your lips look thinner. Stick with light and vibrant colors then add some gloss to the center to focus on the widest part.
Lip liner is another great way to add some fullness. There are lip liners specially designed to plump your pucker so reach to those for maximum effect. Cover your entire lips area then coat with lipstick. For a natural look, choose a shade close to your lip color then follow with a dab of gloss.
Protect Your Assets
Hold onto your lips natural fullness as long as possible by using a daily SPF. Look for a balm with at least an SPF 30 and apply it regularly. Sun exposure breaks down collagen and makes your lips appear thinner over time.
Your lips don’t have their own oil glands so it’s critical to moisturize them often. Dry lips look smaller and are simply uncomfortable. Always keep a moisturizing balm on hand particularly when you will be out in the sun a lot or during the dry winter months. Shea butter is particularly great for chronically dry lips. And, remember, never lick your lips! That temporary relief is only making them drier in the long run.
Go Supermodel Lush
If you are looking for some more advanced level makeup techniques and have time to do more than a quick slather of gloss, play with shading and highlighting. Add a highlighter or a white pencil over cupid’s bow to illuminate the top then follow with a very thin line of light brown underneath your bottom lip’s widest part to create the illusion of a shadow.