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Angelina, Scarlett, Rihanna, Jessica….they are some of the lucky girls blessed with naturally sexy, gorgeous, full lips (among other things). But if you weren’t born so fortunate, follow this cheat sheet for 5 ways to get your own killer pout and shhhh….no one has to know.
THE INJECTABLE: If your lips need more volume that you can get from just the right lip plumper, it’s Juvederm to the rescue. Hyaluronic acid gel is the perfect way to achieve soft, kissable lips, with a better shape and definition. According to David Shafer, MD, New York City plastic surgeon, “Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, have revolutionized lip augmentation. The pre-mixed numbing medication and predictable results makes Juvederm a natural choice for lips. HA products are easily reversed or ‘melted’ with hyaluronidase for the unusual case of undesired results. There is a need for moderation and restraint as there is nothing worse than over-inflated duck lips. With the right amount of filler to add definition and replace volume, dermal fillers enhance your natural beauty and give you back a youthful, sexy, rejuvenated smile.”
THE RF LIFT: If you’re looking for a way to smooth the skin around your mouth, and improve smoker’s lines and wrinkles in less than an hour, Pellevé may be just right for you. Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction treatment uses radio frequency energy to tighten, firm, and smooth over lax tissues around the mouth, and also helps fine lines. Think of it as framing your lips. A series of three treatments are recommended, but you can see a visible improvement after the first one. The best thing about Pellevé is that it doesn’t hurt, and it is safe for all skin types.
THE SKINCARE: “It’s not just dry lips that you’ve got to worry about, but lips get thinner and paler over time and their definition gets blurred. They lose pigment and turn from a sexy, rosy red to a dull pink tone. No one wants old lady lips,” said Beverly Hills Dermatologist Monika Kiripolsky. ZO® Medical Liprebuild Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($50) restores severely dry, cracked old lady lips by increasing microcirculation for subtle plumping. It also helps gives lips a better shape and brings back the natural color. We love this daily lip rejuvenation treatment for under lipstick or gloss, and especially in cold weather or after a day at the beach.
THE EXFOLIATORS: Lips take a beating and need exfoliation, especially after winter’s dry, cold air, and sun exposure. TARTE Maracuja Lip Exfoliant ($16) gets the job done with raw sugar granules in a mixture of healing antioxidants and vitamin C. Maracuja oil leaves lips rejuvenated and smooth so lipstick glides on perfectly. The Lip Scrub™ by Sara Happ® ($24) is another beauty that wipes away dry, flaky lip skin. Comes in yummy flavors like peppermint, blood orange, vanilla bean, brown sugar, sparking pink grapefruit, sparkling peach, red velvet, creme brulee, and green apple.
THE LIP PLUMPERS: Create the illusion of full, pouty lips with a lip plumper. Most of these contain an irritant that causes swelling and tingling, such as cinnamon, mint, wintergreen, and capsicum which makes peppers hot. These ingredients boost blood flow to the lips, which makes them look fuller by making them slightly red and swollen, but only temporarily. Plumpers can come in various forms, the most common being a gloss, balm, stick, gel, tin, or pot. Laura Mercier Lip Plumper ($30) works well and is not sticky as some lip plumpers tend to be and makes your lips tingle. It comes in 7 shades, including Lychee, which is a clear white that is perfect over lipstick. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($32) will give your lips instant shine and volume with collagen and marine-based fillers. It smells vaguely of vanilla and mint, which can be slightly addictive, and comes in a pale sheer pink tint for use over lip color or worn au naturale.