Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re pretty sure you’ve noticed just how completely “lip obsessed” our society has become thanks to a perfectly plump lipped little Jenner. But we’re not going to discuss the origins of full lips or if using fillers, surgeries, and plumping alternatives is right or wrong, we just want to help you achieve fuller lips without the hassle, expensive products, or unforeseen health issues. Like we always say, the foundation of your skin before starting ANY beauty regimen is always a priority, and the same goes here for your lips. To get that perfect pout, first begin with an exfoliation of your lips.
3 Ways to exfoliate your lips with household items
Option 1 Right before bedtime, apply a generous amount of Vaseline on your lips. In the morning, take a dry towel and rub (in a circular motion) the excess Vaseline off your lips. In doing this, you will remove the top layer of skin into the towel (my preferred way), revealing a softer lip.
Option 2 Take a small amount of baking soda mixed with water (to create a paste) and apply it to the lips, and in a circular motion scrub the upper lip then the lower lip until smooth. Immediately rinse with water and pat dry when finished.
Option 3 Take your toothbrush and instead of brushing those pearly whites, brush your lips instead. But first, apply warm water to your lips at least a minute or two before to allow the dead skin to rise to the surface. After your two minutes are up, take your toothbrush and in a circular motion brush the surface of your lips until smooth, rinse with water and pat dry when done.
Once you’ve revealed those super soft lips, the next step for fuller lips is concealing the existing lips to create new ones. Apply a concealer of your choice to the top line and bottom line of your lips and seal it with a loose powder or a translucent one. After that sets, take a lip liner similar to the shade of lipstick you’re applying and create a new lip line above your existing line. Now try not to get too exaggerated with this line, the key is to make it look as natural as your actual one, so no higher than a few millimeters just to be safe. Once this line is established fill it in with a lip stain, a liquid lip color that dries matte, or a lipstick that dries matte. The reason for our emphasis on the “matteness” of you lip color is because those types of lip formulas can build upon themselves, so once it dries you can apply a new layer. This creates an “opaque armor of color” which helps conceal your actual lip line and reveal your newly drawn in one. Once your lips are completely dry, the look is complete! You can add as many layers of your lip shade as you want, just make sure your lips are smooth without any ripples or creasing once it dries.