A quick scroll through Instagram will assure you that plump, full-looking lips are en vogue. But your newsfeed might also try to sell you miracle lip-plumping devices or costly procedures. You can take a pass on the miracles and the expense. Just like with fighting wrinkles, treating adult acne, or getting smoother skin without Botox, there are some natural ways to get fuller lips without injections.
Permanent procedures aren’t just expensive, but can be risky to your health and can result in unforeseen consequences to your face. Having Kylie Jenner’s lips may not be worth the trouble.
Still, there are plenty of ways to get that gorgeous, puckered-up look for a fraction the price and hassle. Consider these tips to achieve fuller-looking lips for less.
Start by Exfoliating
Before you attempt any lip-plumping products, exfoliating is key. That means scrubbing away dried, chapped skin and ensuring that your face is free of dirt and oil. To increase circulation and to get your lips looking nice and rosy, Seventeen suggests gently scrubbing your lips with a toothbrush.
For a cheap and effective exfoliant, Handmade Heroes produces a wonderful Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub*. It’s handcrafted, vegan and cruelty-free, and is fragrance-free. Coconut and sugar exfoliate while avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil for lip repair.
One of the best hacks for getting that full lip look is overlining. To prepare, use your typical concealer to cover your lips. From there, choose your favorite lip-liner and trace a line just outside the edge of your lips, to create an enhanced look. Then, fill the front of your lips with the same liner or your favorite lipstick, and voila! You’ve got the Kylie look without the expense.
Check out beauty influencer Noel Labb’s step-by-step tutorial for over-lining.
Use Gloss to Add Pop
Bold, glimmering lip gloss will draw attention to your lips however you choose to use it. But to really jazz up that full-lip look, add lip gloss on top of your lipstick (in a complementing color, of course). That way, all eyes will be drawn to that plump pout, now glistening in the light.
Consider this “clear shine” Nars gloss. The colorless product will accentuate any lipstick for $24.
Hydration Is Key
Don’t overlook the basics! All the lip kits in the world can’t make up for healthy hydration habits. Foremost, that means drinking enough water throughout the day. This will keep your skin healthy and clear all over your body.
Secondly, don’t forget about the lip balm. Whether you prefer Chapstick, Blistex, or Burt’s Bees, keeping your lips moisturized is essential. That’s especially true in the cold winter months when our lips tend to dry and crack more readily. Remember to apply lip balm right before bed, so you will wake up with healthy, luscious lips.
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