When someone talks about highlighting their best features, I think of full smokey eyes and a stark red lip colour. However, I always adore the subtle way in which actresses like Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra often flaunt their statement lipsticks. They keep their lip colour subtle yet they appear to be fuller.
Who doesn't like fuller lips, right? Or you can just call it a Kylie Jenner effect that everyone is in love with. So when I started looking for ways to plump my pout, I came across two temporary yet effective and safe solutions. First, the concept of massaging or scrubbing the lips and the second was using the right lip plumpers which can actually give you fuller lips without any painful treatment or surgery. I tried both and honestly, fell in love with my first lip plumper - Dior Addict Lip Maximiser. It was minty, fresh and moisturising.
So what exactly are these lip plumpers that have become everyone's favourite over the years? The concept of massaging the lips and lip plumpers is similar. Both improve blood circulation in the area which helps them look puffier. Some lip plumpers use reflective ingredients that create an illusion of fuller lips by bouncing off the light. For others, collagens and hyaluronic are used as an ingredient to shape, hydrate and boost lips which thickens your pucker.
When you apply some lip plumpers, you often feel tingling, stinging and burning sensations because of the ingredients that allow your lips to pucker up. Why? Have you ever noticed that when you eat something spicy, your lips feel irritated and swell? Most lip plumpers use similar ingredients to get the job done. So the credit of plumped lips partially goes to the shiny finish of glosses and also to the ingredients that initiate a reaction in your skin to create temporary fullness. Many plumping lip glosses contain mild irritants like capsicum, menthol or cinnamon. When the product touches the lips, it irritates blood in the area which encourages its circulation.
Some lip plumping glosses also feature bee venom that's humanly extracted from the bees. Yup, that's actually a thing. Bee venom fools the skin into thinking that it has been stung which causes irritation and leads to inflammation. Much like other lip plumpers, the effect of this is also temporary.
With lip plumpers, it doesn't matter which brand is your favourite. What matters most are the ingredients your plumping gloss contains and you should use it with a bit of caution. If you have sensitive skin or a history of severe allergies, many doctors ask you to avoid the lip plumpers with bee venom in it. Your body could develop an allergy to the ingredients and in such case, the spice-based lip plumper can also show some side effects on your skin. You should definitely stay away from bee venom-based lip plumpers if you've had bee sting allergies in the past.
Contrary to the claims of lip plumpers, if you use the product too much, it may make your lips dry, chapped and irritated. And here's another shocker, if you use your tried-and-tested lip plumper too often, its effect might reduce over time as our body is designed to become tolerant to the substance it sees or experiences all the time.
If you are aiming for subtle results, go for the new hyaluronic acid-based lip plumpers as they are made to plump lips without losing effectiveness over time. The new lip plumper formulas also include pout-boosting collagens and elastin as their ingredients. Our skin and connecting tissues contain natural hyaluronic acid which can hold a thousand times of its weight in water. That is why it is one of the favourite ingredients for skincare products that are made to plump and moisturise the skin. It's also one of the most loved facial fillers for dermatologists.
P.S. The plumping caused by lip plumpers or lip massage is temporary, which is the best and safest (because we love our natural lips so much.) However, if you are looking for long-lasting results, fillers are your best bet. They can last up to six months.
So, Here's a list of lip plumping products that must try to get fuller lips.
Dior Addict Lip Maximizer stays at the top of the lip plumpers list for many and there's a good reason for that. It's refreshing and tastes like spearmint leaf. It can make the lips look glossy and fuller for about four hours straight and unlike many other plumpers which take time to show the results, Dior's lip maximizer gets to work as soon as you apply it and you notice a fuller pout instantly. The results aren't duck-pout level but they're noticeable. After applying the gloss, your lips may experience tingling sensations but it's totally bearable and only lasts for about a minute.
Price: Rs 2,960. Buy it here.
Estée Lauder's Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer is taste-free and is perfect for those who are looking for mild results. With this one, you may or may not see a huge difference in the size of your lips but it'll certainly hydrate and soften your dry and flaky winter lips right away, which will create a look of fuller lips. Out of many, this one is the most moisturising lip plumper. It also has a slight tint which makes it easy to wear on other lip glosses and mattes. Like any everyday lip gloss, Estée Lauder's lip volumizer will make your lips look shinier without being sticky. It's also pretty long-lasting which is awesome.
Price: Rs 2,300. Buy it here.
Glamglow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Plumper Treatment comes with a fun applicator that makes it super easy to use. It has a mint-like taste, which is really soothing and its formula allows a super glossy finish to the lips. It gives some high level plumping right after applying it for the first time and eventually increases the volume of lips in over a week's time. As you apply it, you may feel a burning sensation but it'll only last for about a minute. The burning sensation is intense but the impact is fabulous. However, for some, the formula might feel heavy. It gives a glossy finish and you'll have juicy lips almost instantly.
Price: Rs 2,200. Buy it here.
Fran Wilson Moodmatcher Young Lip Plumper has a peptide formula which adds volume and shine to the lips for a longer period of time. It's clear so it can be applied as is or can also be worn over or under a lipstick. If you use it without any other lip colour, it'll beautifully enhance the natural shade of your lips. Its formula is also rich in vitamin E and aloe vera which can moisturise and hydrate the lips while you enjoy your day out with a perfect pout.
Price: Rs 690. Buy it here.
Kiko Milano's Lip Volume is dermatologically tested and as it is free of parabens, it's often recommended for people with sensitive skin. It nourishes and moisturises lips while voluminising them and enhancing the natural lip colour. Its formulated with sesame seed oil and hyaluronic acid which reshapes lips and adds shine to them. It is available in three shades - Transparent revitalizes the natural colour of the lips, Tutu rose adds a touch of colour and Organza sky enhances the natural smile and makes teeth look visibly whiter. So, pick your favourite one!
Price: Rs 750. Buy it here.
This baby comes from GlamGlow's extended nude collection of Plumpregeous Lip Plumper Treatment. The Metallic Lip Plumper will give you an instant tingling sensation while plumping your lips. However, it won't give you burning sensations, it's more of a cooler feeling. The formula comprises of hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, Cupuacu and Murumuru butter which means more nourishment and shine. Also, it comes with a cool wand-like applicator and is easy-to-wear.
Price: Rs 2,000. Buy it here.
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