6 easy ways to plump up your pout without resorting to syringes
From gloss to gadgets, these methods all promise to help enhance your lips, writes Katie Wright
With Superdrug launching a new £99 botox and fillers service on the high street, it's clear full-looking lips are a big beauty priority for many women right now.
"We can thank Kylie Jenner for the recent surge in the urge for plumper lips," says Daniel Smythe, education manager at Buxom. "However, plumping is something that has been around for a long time and will never disappear.
"Our skin and our lips will always look healthier and younger when plump, because our lips thin with age, so this is a concern to many people."
So, from make-up tricks to treatments and gadgets, here are six ways to boost your pout without the need for needles.
1. Lip contouring
"I swear by lip contouring and it is actually super simple," says beauty blogger and entrepreneur, Huda Kattan. "I like to start by putting foundation all over my lips to create a blank canvas. Then, using a lip contour pencil, I draw an X at the cupid's bow and outline the lips, being careful not to go too far outside the natural lip line.
"I sometimes draw a vertical line through the centre of my top and bottom lip as this adds even more dimension. I always fill the lips with liner and then I apply my lipstick over top.
"The final step is to highlight my lips using a lipstick in a paler shade. I dab it on to the centre of lips and blend out with my finger, which really helps to create the illusion of a fuller pout."
Try these products:
Huda Beauty Lip Contour in Trendsetter, £16, Cult Beauty
Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick in Bonnie, £18, Cult Beauty
Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Empress, £22, Cult Beauty
Clinique Dramatically Different Lipstick in Canoodle, £20.50, John Lewis (available September 28)
"Use a lip liner in a shade close to, or one shade deeper than, your natural lip colour," says Smythe. "Line the lip line and slightly over, drawing around the Cupid's bow, which is the perfect way to achieve optimal fullness.
"Blend the edges slightly and finish the look with one our new Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipsticks, which offer saturated coverage, combined with a unique lip-plumping peptide and hyaluronic acid formula."
Buxom PlumpLine Lip Liner in Cloak & Dagger, £15, Feel Unique
Buxom Va-Va-Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick in Boldly Go, £15, Feel Unique
3. Plumping products
Injectables may be a step too far, but it is possible to deliver lip-enhancing ingredients without a syringe.
Look for products that contain peptides, which promote collagen production, and hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water.
Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion for Lips, £25, Feel Unique
Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip, £36, Space NK
Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Lip Enhancer, currently reduced to £9.59 from £15.99
Similar to serums, lip-shaped masks can deliver a major dose of moisture and plumping ingredients.
Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels, £14 for a pack of five
The GloPro Lip Edition is an at-home device that uses teeny-tiny pinpricks to create 'microchannels' on your lips. Roll the head over your lips for one minute, two to three times a week, and immediately after apply a lip serum, which will penetrate deeper than it usually would, boosting the plumping effect.
Beauty Bioscience GloPro Lip Edition Microneedling Regeneration Tool, £249, Selfridges
Another method originally used for wrinkle reduction, microcurrent treatments deliver a mild electrical current to trigger an increase in collagen production.
The CACI Lip Treatment combines a microcurrent 'wrinkle comb' and red LED light therapy, with six to eight sessions recommended to see the full effects.
CACI Lip Plump treatment costs £25 for 20 minutes at Seduire Clinic, London. The treatment is also available at salons nationwide, starting from £15 for 10 minutes.
To find your nearest location (including salons in Belfast and Newtownards), visit Caci-international.co.uk