A Lip Care Routine for a Plumper-Looking Pout
If there’s one thing most everyone can agree on when it comes to their lips, it’s that bigger is better. The only problem? Not all of us were graced with thick, full lips from birth. There is a silver lining though. You can help make your lips look plumper and fuller with the help of a targeted lip care routine. See where we’re going with this? Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to fake a plumper, fuller, more luscious-looking pout.
STEP ONE: EXFOLIATE
Your lips won’t look and feel their best if they’re covered in dead cells—period. Anyone with smooth skin knows that exfoliating is a must. Dead skin cells can pile up on the surface and cause a rough feel, as well as prohibit the light from reflecting off your pout. What’s more, these dead cells can stick to the top of your lips and prevent conditioning agents from fully penetrating. The easiest way to slough off unwanted dead skin cells and flakes is by using a lip exfoliator weekly. You can create your own lip scrub—here’s a lip scrub recipe we love—or opt for a store bought exfoliator. Gently rub the formula across your pout in circular motions and rinse.
STEP TWO: APPLY A HYDRATING MASK
Adding moisture to your skin can help it appear more plump, and your lips are no exception. After you’ve exfoliated, deep condition your pout with a hydrating lip mask. Again, you can create your own lip mask or buy one at your local drugstore. We like to reach for formulas with soothing and hydrating ingredients like oils, aloe vera gel or manuka honey about once a week.
STEP THREE: MOISTURIZE WITH A BALM
Amp up the moisture with a hydrating lip conditioner post-mask. Reach for one formulated with nourishing oils and emollients, like Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. The lip balm helps shield the lips from the drying effects of wind and cold weather, and contains emollients like squalane, lanolin, wheat germ oil, and vitamin E. Don’t be afraid to apply liberal coats.
STEP FOUR: PROTECT WITH BROAD SPECTRUM SPF
Apply sunscreen onto your lips may not help them look bigger or fuller, but it can help protect them against harmful UV rays and that benefit trumps all others in our book. Unprotected exposure to the sun can not only cause sunburn, but it can cause your delicate lip skin to feel dry, irritated, and uncomfortable. If your go-to lip balm or conditioner is not formulated with SPF, give your lips an extra layer of protection with one that is, like La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Lip Stick.
STEP FIVE: INVEST IN AN ANTI-AGING LIP SERUM
As we age our skin undergoes a number of changes affecting its texture and appearance, including loss of firmness and more visible signs of aging. While you can’t change the ticking hands of time, you can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with the help of a number of anti-aging lip serums on the market. Consider reaching for one like SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair to help smooth and refine the lips surface. Formulated with antioxidants, this lip product is a restorative treatment for damaged or aging lips.
STEP SIX: APPLY A LIP PLUMPER
When in doubt, fake a plumper pout with a lip plumper. Lip plumpers can add a temporary boost in fullness while making lip skin look and feel smoother too. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Pump It Up Lip Plumper. Formulated with peptide Maxi-Lip, this gloss helps to provide a subtle, plumper-looking pout. But does it work well? Our editor put the formula to the test. Read her review of Pump It Up Lip Plumper to find out.
Editor’s note: If you’ve picked up the bad habit of licking your lips, now’s a good time to call it quits. Contrary to what many believe, licking the lips repeatedly does not add moisture to them. In fact, it does just the opposite. According to the Mayo Clinic, saliva evaporates quickly, leaving your lips feeling drier than before.