If you look in the mirror and wish you could have fuller lips, you're not alone. Not only are full lips always on trend, but during aging, lips tend to lose their color and get thin. However, even though you can't stop the aging process, you don't have to grin and bear it. Follow these tips for fuller lips and see how just a little effort can have a big effect.
Use Sun Protection
This isn't exactly a quick fix, but it's a long-term investment in your lips and the skin around them. The sun causes wrinkles, period. That applies to everywhere on your body. So make sure your lip balm has SPF in it, and don't forget to apply sunscreen around the lips to help slow down wrinkling around your lips. It doesn't matter if you're 20 or 60, prevention is key.
A cult-favorite lip balm with SPF is Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment ($24) with SPF 15, which comes in a multitude of colors.
Hydrate Your Lips
If you have dry lips, they probably look scaly—not full and plump, like everyone wants. Hydrating them from the inside and the outside will help get the desired look.
Drink water! It is the easiest way to hydrate your body. Although the jury is still out on whether it will actually help our skin's moisture level, it can't hurt.
Exfoliate Your Lips
Nothing's worse than having dry skin on your lips. It's painful, as well as something that can cause major insecurity. Plus, it makes it impossible to wear lipstick. Although the jury is out on whether you should exfoliate your lips, it can help in a pinch. Exfoliating your lips is an easy and effective way to keep your lips looking younger, and your lips smooth. But if you want to splurge on a product, we recommend Kopari's Lip Scrubby ($16).
Plump Your Lips
Lip Plumpers are a gift for everyone, thin lips or not. Typically, they use ingredients such as cinnamon or ginger to slightly irritate your lips and therefore plump them. But we'll warn you, for most lip plumpers, you'll have to embrace the tingle they leave your lips with. And with results that are almost immediate, it's not hard to do.
Use a Lip Liner
Do you have a hard time keeping your lipstick from feathering out to the edges of your lips? Lining your lips with a lip liner is a both quick and effective way to ward off lipstick feathering. But don't make the lining obvious. Either use a color that matches your lip stick, or use the liner for all over color and use a clear or sheer gloss over the top.
Lip liner isn't one-size-fits all, and you can probably find one in your budget. Still, not many beat Pat McGrath's ($25).
Along with thin lips, unfortunately, comes lack of color. But this is the easiest fix of all. Simply by adding color to your lips, you can take years off of their appearance. And a lip stain is the perfect way to do it with low commitment.
A lip stain will temporarily stain your lips, and won't come off with eating or drinking like lip sticks and glosses do. Straight lip stains do not add any extra shine or dimension, so it's good to add a gloss over the top. But the majority of lip stains will last all day. Plenty of them can be used for a cheek color, too.
A popular, long-standing favorite is Benefit's Benetint ($30).