Unless you’re living under a rock, you know full lips are in. When more than half of Instagram is showing off that just-got-fillers look, you’re not one to be left behind. But what’s out there for us regular girls who want that bee-stung pout without having to spend a bomb on injections?
That’s where *drum roll, please* lip fillers come in. Trust us, it doesn’t get much easier than putting on some lip gloss and getting luscious lips in return. We’re bringing you the lowdown on everything you need to know about lip plumpers before you go ahead and make them a worthwhile investment. You can thank us later.
How does a lip plumper work?
You know how your lips swell when you go all out with your favorite spicy foods? Most lip plumping agents use similar ingredients like Menthol, Capsaicin (a chemical found in chillies), Cinnamon, Ginger and Wintergreen which are mild irritants that cause a tingling sensation in the lips. This feeling causes the blood to rush to the surface of your lips making them flush and slightly swollen. Most lip plumpers have ingredients that simultaneously soothe the skin so you can use the products every day without a care in the world.
Do lip plumpers really work? Or is it just a gimmick?
Fortunately, there are no side effects to using lip plumpers since the active ingredients are all natural, edible and can, quite literally, be found in your kitchen. The tingling sensation wears off in the due course of time and the intrinsic hydrating properties of these products keep your lips soft and moisturized. That said, be sure to read the ingredients before going here-take-all-my-money to ensure you’re not allergic to anything. While these lip enhancing formulas work wonders to give you a plumper pout (even if it’s just for a few hours), using them too often can reduce their effectiveness and can even cause dryness and chapping of your lips. So, ladies, pucker up, but with caution.
How do you use a lip plumper?
Step 1: Exfoliate
Dry, flaky lips appear smaller as they don’t reflect light as efficiently. Use a mild scrub and toothbrush to exfoliate and smoothen your lips for better application.
Step 2: Prime
Prep your lips with a lip primer to moisturize them and prevent them from drying out. The primer also works to lighten pigmentation leaving you with a smooth canvas for your plumper.
Step 3: Plump
Line your lips with a lip liner and apply the lip plumper carefully within the lines. Wait for the tingling sensation to wear off, clean up any smudges, and flaunt that pout all day long, no touch-ups needed.