The desire for a set of bigger, fuller lips—historically covetable because we associate them with youth—has reached new heights thanks in large part to social media and celebrity endorsement of plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the use of soft tissue fillers was the fastest growing minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed in 2015. If you also desire a fuller pout it’s important to note that fillers aren’t the only option. If injectables are not for you, consider one of these alternatives for achieving voluminous lips.
Lip masks are gaining popularity. Brands have launched a variety of collagen-infused masks designed to be placed directly onto your lips to plump their appearance. Much like regular face masks they should be left on for a few minutes so the ingredients can fully penetrate your skin.
Lip plumping serums are the most common alternative to injectables. Serums can work as primers beneath other lip products such as lipgloss or lipstick and typically create a tingling sensation with fast results.
If you'd rather wear makeup that doubles as a lip plumper, there are several glosses available. Whether they're clear or colored, glosses with plumping ingredients will look great and help enhance the shape of your lips.
For those who rarely wear more than lip balm, there are plenty of options available for you as well. Give the illusion of bare lips with plumping balms that also work to hydrate and nourish the skin.