7 ways to help make your lips look fuller
Looking for ways to make your lips look fuller? As we approach midlife, lips can tend to appear thinner. This is because, as we age, the natural production of collagen slows down, meaning that our cheeks, under-eye area, and lips lose their natural plumpness.
While there isn’t anything we can do to prevent this process, there are plenty of tips and tricks out there to help lips look fuller. From exfoliating your lip area regularly to using natural beauty tools, we’ve compiled the best beauty hacks to help plump up your pout.
7 ways to help make your lips look fuller
It goes without saying, but hydrated lips always look fuller and healthier than those that are dry and cracked. Using a lip balm regularly, (particularly in the evening before bed), is a great way to keep your lips looking moist.
We love By Sarah London’s Lip and Hand Balm, £22, which is petroleum-free and blended with natural plant oils. Use LIZLOVES at checkout for 20% off your order.
Plus, there are a number of natural ways to keep your lips nourished. Coconut oil, aloe vera and honey are all great for hydrating your skin.
Try essential oils
Essential oils can be helpful for creating a fuller pout. Ensure you use a carrier oil such as almond, coconut, grapeseed or jojoba, to dilute essential oils first before applying topically. Certain oils can help to stimulate the circulation under your lips. This can help your lips to look plumper and fuller.
Peppermint and cinnamon are often touted as giving a lip-plumping effect. Mix three drops with your favourite carrier oil and use a lip gloss wand to apply to your lips. Always do a patch test before using topically for the first time.
Focus on collagen
Part of the reason that our lips look thinner is because we lose collagen in our skin as we age. Our collagen levels dip the most as we enter our menopause years, with one study showing that, on average, we lose 2% of skin collagen content and 1% skin thickness with every post-menopausal year. UV damage, smoking, and living in areas with high-pollution levels can also impact our body’s collagen production.
We can top up our collagen levels naturally by eating a diet rich in protein, vitamin C, and essential minerals such as zinc. However, supplements can also help. We really love the collagen capsules by Ingenious Beauty. You can use the LIZLOVES affiliate code to save yourself 15% off at the checkout. Ingenious also provides a plant-based alternative to collagen for vegans.
Just like the rest of your face, your lips need exfoliating regularly to encourage the removal of dead skin cells. Exfoliating is a great way to encourage the renewal process and help the blood flow to your lips, which makes them appear fuller.
There are plenty of lip-exfoliating products on the market, but you can make a natural scrub yourself using sugar and coconut oil. Mix the ingredients together and scrub your lips gently in a circular motion using a toothbrush. Finish with a layer of lip balm to lock in moisture.
Get clever with make-up
There are plenty of tricks and hacks out there to give the illusion of plumper lips using makeup.
From slightly over lining your lips with lip liner, to using highlighter just above your cupid’s bow, getting creative with your makeup can be a great way to make your lips appear fuller. STUDIO10 creates makeup with mature skin in mind. Use the code LIZLOVES for 20% off your order.
Lip filler is becoming an increasingly popular way to make lips look fuller. Hyaluronic acid fillers can help to replace lost volume, raise the outline of your lips, and even make lips appear more symmetrical. In order to plump up your lips, filler is injected underneath the skin and then massaged into the area to distribute it. You will need to visit a reputable aesthetics clinic if you want to go down this route, so make sure you do your research.
Use gua sha
If you’re looking for more natural ways to plump up your lips, then it’s worth getting familiar with gua sha. Skincare aficionados will know that gua sha is a fantastic beauty tool for improving the appearance of fine lines and encouraging lymphatic drainage, but you can also use it to give your lips that plumped-up effect.
Prep your mouth by exfoliating the skin on and around your lips, then using the scalloped edge of your gua sha, move your tool up and down along the outer edges of your lip area. Looking for a tool to help you get started? We love the White Company’s White Jade Body Gua Sha, £35.