If you aren’t lucky enough to have been born with full, pouty lips like Angelina Jolie or Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely, don’t despair. There are a few things you can do to create the appearance of fuller lips, some of which will be particularly useful to older women whose lips have naturally become thinner and less defined with age.
Try these lip-enhancing tricks:
1. Try a lip plumping lip gloss
If you can put up with the slight stinging sensation, lip plumping glosses and other products can make your lips look quite a lot fuller. These products slightly irritate the lips for more of a bee-stung look.
2. Use cosmetics to create a new lip line
Cosmetics brand Elizabeth Arden recommends using concealer or foundation to erase your existing lip line, then drawing a new one in slightly above and slightly below your lip line with a natural-toned lip pencil. Avoid making this line too exaggerated or using a lip pencil that is too dark. Fill in your lips with a lip liner (except for the very centre), dab a little concealer in the centre and then apply lipstick. Finish with a shimmery lip gloss for a gorgeous full-lipped look.
3. Take care of your lips
It goes without saying that your lips will look healthier and fuller if they are properly looked after. Make sure you stay really hydrated by drinking lots of water, and remember to gently exfoliate your lips with Vaseline and a soft toothbrush to get rid of any dry skin. Last of all, protect your lips from the sun’s harmful UV rays by applying an SPF lip balm.
If you’ve tried these tips and you still feel like your lips need a little help to look fuller, you can if you want resort to cosmetic surgery. There are a few different procedures available, from lip injections to lip fillers. But remember, cosmetic surgery on your lips can still be quite risky and very invasive. Only try it if you have exhausted all other options and have thought very carefully about your decision.