Lips often grow thin and lose color over the years, and pesky little lip lines can add years to your face. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to get a sensuous, shapely pucker. Try these 5 tips to help you fill out your pout, smooth chapped skin, and fake a natural youthful look.
1. Use a nightly lip rejuvenator
Apply a treatment product made with peptides and hyaluronic acid, ingredients that plump lips and soften lines. Try Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip
2. Exfoliate with a washcloth
Before putting on lip color, lightly run a damp washcloth over lips. This increases circulation to boost fullness and provides a smooth canvas for color to adhere to.
3. Define your lips
Line the outer edge of your lips first, then fill in completely. “This creates a barrier that accentuates fullness and reduces lipstick bleeding,” says NYC celebrity makeup artist Laura Geller. Try a plumping liner like Lip- Fusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plumping Pencil ($14; fusionbeauty.com), with collagen microspheres to add volume. For a natural effect, choose a clear or skin tone or one that’s the same shade as your lip color.
4. Be pretty in pink
This universally flattering hue and shiny, moisturizing formula reflect the most light, so lips look bigger. For best results, pick a plumping version, which is made with ingredients derived from menthol that slightly swell lips for a few hours. Try L’Oreal Paris Infallible 8HR Plumping Gloss
5. Shine with SPF
Use a balm with a built-in SPF of at least 30 before putting on gloss and liner; reapply when touching up lip color. UVA rays can degrade collagen, making lips look thinner.