It’s safe to say that “plump” isn’t typically the look I’m going for with regard to any of my body parts. But all that changes when it comes to lips. One only has to look at the recent Newsweek cover of Angelina Jolie to feel your lips form an uncontrollable pout. For those of us not blessed with the real thing or not willing to go the injectable route, there’s a new category of products known as lip plumpers. Most only last a few hours, but they could be the perfect accessory for those holiday parties.
Note: If you have sensitive skin, test on a small area before applying.
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish
Available at Ulta, beauty.com
You know this product is kicking in when your lips start feeling tingly. It contains mint to help stimulate cells and retain water on the lip – causing it to swell. It also contains vitamins A and E to keep lips soft, smooth and protected. A cooling sensation lets you know your lips are getting “pumped up.”
Available at Sephora
This lip-plumping color shine contains chili oil, so it might sting a little. It’s formulated with marine collagen micro-spheres that are absorbed by lips and then absorb moisture, causing mild-swelling. Results can last up to 2 days.
Lip Venom by DuWop
Available at Urban Outfitters, amazon.com
This choice is not for the faint of heart. Some users report they feel like they just ate hot peppers. It increases circulation with a spicy, tingly blend of essential oils including cinnamon and ginger. It might be a good idea to try on a small area before heading out for the evening.
La Prairie Cellular Lip Line Plumper
Available at Neiman Marcus
I’ve been told that when you hit 40, your lip line is the first thing to go! This product was created to counteract that. This is a serious treatment that replenishes collagen over time and improves the contours around lips, so they appear fuller and younger. It actually restores the loss of the natural lip line. If the cost is too pricey, a good fall back is a plain old lip pencil to help you reclaim that defined lip line from your youth.
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