Luscious lips aren’t limited to those born with a full pout. Anyone can have a luscious pucker with the right care and the proper use of makeup products that enhance your natural look. Beautiful lips come in all shapes and sizes, from full and pouty to thin and delicate. Even if your lips don’t look like Angelina Jolie’s, it doesn’t mean they can’t make a statement, whether your want it to be sultry, playful, or refined.
The first step to having lips that look and feel great is to take good care of them. Brush your lips gently with water and a toothbrush to exfoliate them and keep them soft. During the months of winter or in climates with dry heat, it’s easy for your lips to become dry or chapped, and brushing them gently at least once or twice a week can help to minimize the problem.
Aside from brushing and exfoliation, another key to having healthy, beautiful lips is to moisturize them regularly with natural oils or a lip balm. Additionally, you can purchase special lip serums that provide intensive moisture and healing. These treatments are more effective if you exfoliate regularly to remove any dead or dry skin from the mouth area first.
Although people don’t usually suffer from sunburned lips, it’s still extremely important to protect them with at least SPF15 during the day, especially if you’re going to be outside. It’s not just sunburn that you need to worry about — you can get skin cancer from overexposure to the sun, including in the general mouth area.
Sun damage can also speed up your skin’s natural aging process. If you use sunscreen and an SPF lip balm every day, it’ll help to keep your skin and lips looking young and pretty. Make sure to also drink plenty of water to help keep your lips don’t get chapped and you develop that tight dry skin around your mouth from dehydration.
Lips don’t have to be large and pouty to be pretty, but society has gradually come to appreciate full lips as an attractive feature in women. However, it still comes down to a matter of preference. Some still prefer delicate lips to pouty ones. If your lips are naturally thin, don’t obsess about it. You will radiate beauty from within if you have self confidence.
That being said, if you still want to create the illusion of a fuller pout, you can use makeup techniques to make your lips look bigger. Some techniques include applying gloss only in the center of your lip, using pale rather than dark colors, or applying more than one shade to create fullness through color blending.
There are also numerous commercial products to plump lips, but these often contain petrochemicals. They work by causing a slight allergic reaction. Your lips respond by swelling up – not a healthy way to go. Surgical augmentation is another option, but that can be expensive and painful..
There are several natural oils that can give you plumper lips. The natural option works by causing an immediate increase in moisture, and the result is a noticeable swelling of the lips:
Capsicum Oil – To say this oil is hot is an understatement. Heat is measured in Scoville heat units (SHU). A jalapeño pepper has a rating of about 3,500 SHU. Capsicumis over 1 million. A drop or two diluted in a carrier oil will tone down the heat yet plump your lips.
Avocado Oil – Avocado oil has been shows to deeply penetrate the skin in comparison to other oil. This injection of moisture gives an immediate plumping effect.
Olive Oil – The ancient Greeks bathed in olive oil and now we know why. You can use virgin olive oil as your only skin moisturizer. Use it on your lips and you’ll never have a problem with chapping. Use extra virgin olive oil to make sure you avoid any chemicals.
Coconut Oil – Unlike other plant based oils, coconut oil contains saturated fat. It is a solid up to 76 degrees. Apply it to your lips for a moisture infusion and its antifungal and antibacterial properties will protect your lips from microscopic bugs too.
Grapeseed Oil – Grapeseed oil is a natural source of vitamin E (antioxidant) and fatty acids. It’s often used as a carrier oil in aromatherapy so you could conceivably get double the bang for your buck by adding a few drops of capsicum to this.
Pumpkinseed Oil – A very nice oil because it is composed equally of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It also contains Alpha-linolenic acid which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid.
Camellia Oil – Used for centuries on skin and hair, camellia oil is high in oleic acid, penetrates quickly, and doesn’t leave a residue. This oil is a good choice for sensitive skin too.
Whatever type of product you decide to use, just remember that the key to having luscious lips is in taking good care of them, embracing your look confidently, and focusing on enhancing your lips’ natural beauty, not disguising your own unique features.