Store-bought lip plumpers and injections are not the only way to get your lips to look bigger. Makeup can go a long way towards making the lips larger, especially if you follow a few tips. There are also some DIY methods for getting the lips plumped up, but be warned: some are safer than others. I give some tips and tricks for safe ways to get bigger-looking lips, so you can end up with the fullest pout possible.
Try a Lip Plumping Gloss
One of the easiest ways of getting bigger lips instantly (without spending too much money or any pain) is getting one of the best lip pluming glosses available on the market. Using a lip plumper is safe an easy, and there is the perfect product available for every budget and need.
DIY Lip Plumpers
While I would normally suggest you be very careful and avoid making your own cosmetics, making your own lip plumper can actually be easy and rewarding. Just pay attention and patch test your homemade lip plumpers first, to ensure they won’t irritate your skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Since this formulation does not include any water, it doesn’t require a preservative, and it should last you up to 6 months. You can augment this recipe by adding a teaspoon of mica pigment, which will give your lip plumper a sheer wash of color and added shine.
You will need:
- 1 tablespoon of beeswax
- 2 tablespoons of shea or cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- A jar that can hold 60 ml or 2 oz of product
In a double boiler, melt the wax, butter, and coconut oils. Mix the mixture to make sure the oils and waxes are perfectly blended. Once that’s done, turn off the heat.
Once the mixture has cooled a bit, pour in your essential oils before it sets. Mix everything well, and pour your concoction into the jar. Leave it in the fridge for an hour to set.
Once it’s done, you can apply it with your finger or with a lip brush. Make sure to patch test it before slathering it all over your lips!
Lip Plumping Suction Cups?
No. Just no. Whether you follow an at-home method with a small cup or shot glass or if you use a store-bought suction cup, I’d still have to recommend you stay away from this method of plumping your lips.
For those curious, this method requires you to put a cup or suction tool over your mouth, and then to suck in air in order to create a vacuum. This vacuum will apply pressure on the lips and cause a rush of blood, which will make the lips a little larger for the next hour or two.
However, this method of getting bigger lips naturally is not safe at all. If you over-do it with the suctioning, you can end up bruising your lips, which is not the kind of swollen lip look anyone wants.
Larger Lips Through Makeup
All it takes is a bit of lip liner, and you can enjoy larger-looking lips. I’ll give you the steps for a full overlined ombre lip, which will give you maximum size and volume. For a more subtle effect, you can choose to only overline your lips, or to only apply your lipstick in the ombre style.
- Start with clean, exfoliated, and moisturized lips. You can even use a lip plumper, following the method I outlined above, for the largest lips possible without injections!
- Using a lip liner that is a shade or two darker than the color of the lipstick you’ll be wearing, begin to outline your lips. Don’t try to line your lips with one continuous line – instead, use small strokes to get a perfect, clean look.
- Apply your lip liner just outside your natural lip line. You don’t have to overdraw the whole lip – you can only overdraw where you want a fuller look.
- Once you’ve finished making the outline, use your lip liner to create depth and contour by filling in the two outer corners of the mouth.
- Using a brush or even going straight from the tube, apply a lipstick that is a shade or two lighter than your lip liner over the areas not covered with lip liner.
- Using a lipstick brush, blend the edges where the lip liner and lipstick meet.
- For increased longevity, blot your lipstick and apply a thin layer of powder over it. If necessary, re-apply your lipstick.
- Brighten up the center of the lip to increase volume. You can do this using white cream concealer, or a lipstick that is extremely light. Dab it at the center of your lip, and blend with a lip brush to finish the ombre effect.
- For extra volume, apply a layer of lip gloss all over!
- For even extra shine, dab a little bit of a shimmery highlighter to the center of your lips, over the area where you applied the white concealer.
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