Infamous family aside, it could be argued that Kylie Jenner's lips are kinda, sorta the crux of her fame. First, there's that little brand called Kylie Cosmetics, which skyrocketed her into entrepreneurial success and launched her tour-de-force presence within the cosmetics industry. What's more, the brand's Lip Kits (projected to surpass the billion-dollar mark by 2022) epitomize the original essence of her brand and feature a Kylie-esque lippie and liner each. (Though, of course, Jenner has gone on to expand her empire to highlighters, blushes, brushes, eyeshadow palettes, and more—she always seems to have new launches up her sleeve.)
Second, Jenner's actual lips have been the subject of controversy over the years, with many suspecting she'd opted for one or several doses of filler. For a long time, Jenner sidestepped the debate, persistently denying the claims and attributing her pout's increasingly plumped-up look to an adept and exaggerated application of lip liner. Eventually, however, the truth came out, and she not only admitted to getting filler but also explained the rather personal reasoning behind the treatments. (As a quick refresher, it stemmed from bullying and insecurity about her lips growing up.)
Thus, you can imagine the surprise when our Instagram feeds ignited with buzz surrounding a recent photo that star had posted to her account.
"She looks like the old Kylie here idk why," mused Instagram user @haleithorn.
And, quick to respond, Jenner jumped into the mix with a casual, "@haleithorn i got rid of all my lip filler."
As predicted, the social media world freaked out, and I'd be remiss not to mention our own Byrdie chat was rife with a few shocked-face emoji, "wuttts," and "OMGs." I mean, can you blame us? That being said, we've always had a soft spot for Kylie's stunning au naturel look, and we seriously commend the fact the star apparently feels confident enough to not only show off her bare skin and freckles every so often but to debut a fresh, filler-free complexion and pout as well.
Here's a serious question, though—does this mark the beginning of the end for lip injections? Considering almost every model and actress in Hollywood has them, we kind of doubt it. But it's worth keeping in mind. We also had some questions about the "dissolving" itself. As in, what exactly does that entail, and does it truly make someone look like they did pre-injection?
According to Douglass M. Senderoff, MD, FACS, of Park Avenue Aesthetic Surgery, the process of dissolving lip filler involves the injection of a product called Hyaluronidase. "This product comes from a family of enzymes that dissolves hyaluronic acid, which is what most fillers are made of. The product takes about two to three weeks to fully dissolve the unwanted hyaluronic acid–based filler. However, scar tissue from the previous injections may cause the appearance of a lip that is fuller than before." (In other words, Jenner's lips will and still look plumper than they did pre-treatment—even without the displaced filler.)
That being said, if you're still in want of a pillowy (albeit filler-free) lip line, keep scrolling for the top seven products we routinely rely on for a quick hit of injection-esque pertness. (We think the new Kylie would approve.)