There are ways to make your lips look bigger using makeup art tricks and a few key ingredients, without having to have lip fillers to achieve lip enhancements.
If you are looking for a longer lasting solution, injectable lip enhancements at our Melbourne clinic are safe and effective, performed professionally by a qualified, trained, experienced cosmetic dermatologist. If you’re not quite there yet, here are some tips for increasing the appearance of lip volume at home.
How get temporary lip enhancements at home
Basic lip care really matters when we are trying to make our lips more beautiful, so a few key lip care steps will help your lips look their best.
Lip enhancements – reflections matter
If your lips don’t reflect the light evenly, they look smaller, so brush your lips with a wet toothbrush every once in a while to exfoliate them. Don’t go too nuts – you don’t want to damage your lips or peel off any skin that leaves rawness underneath. This just creates another layer of dry over the top as it heals.
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your lips hydrated, but lip balm can act as a protector, especially when it’s dry, hot or windy.
Make-up artistry tricks for lip enhancements
To get lips that appear larger using make-up, you’ll need a few key make-up ingredients, however this will depend on what sorts of colours you tend to use on your lips.
- Concealer can help make your canvas larger by disguising the line between your lips and your face.
- Lip liner just off the edge of your lip line can increase the appearance of the size of your lips. Fill with lipstick. You can also use your lip liner for your entire lips, as lipstick.
- Lip gloss dabbed in the middle of both lips creates a gloss effect that reflects light, making your lips look bigger.
- Two nude lip colours can be used, with one shade all over your lips, with the lighter colour (may also be white lip pencil) in the middle of your lips. If your top lip is bigger than your lower lip (or the other way around) apply the lighter colour to the opposite lip to make both lips more even in size.
- Once your lipstick is on, line the outside of your lips with concealer using a skinny brush to make your lipstick pop.
- Use lip-plumping lip gloss – these ‘lip venom’ products are around, and they have ingredients that act to stimulate blood flow to the area. These special stimulating ingredients are known as rubefacients, and may include ingredients like peppermint and chilli.
- Dark lipstick makes lips look smaller/flatter, because it doesn’t reflect light in the same way, so avoid.
Essential oils that can create lip enhancements
While it’s important to understand the nature of essential oils, and never apply undiluted essential oils to the skin, you can use these oils to cause the rubefacient effect at home without buying expensive products.
Mix a drop of essential oil to your favourite lip balm and apply to your lips, then experiment with how it feels. You may wish to apply the oils with a dilution of carrier oil or Vaseline, then rinse off after the effect has taken place.
Be careful with essential oils and avoid prolonged contact, as these oils are potent and can cause skin irritation. Only use 100 per cent essential oils; perfumed mixed oils may contain unwanted synthetic ingredients.
You will be the best judge of how much to use and what lip enhancements you want, so play around and see what works for you.
- Peppermint oil – cooling
- Cayenne pepper oil – zinging
- Cinnamon oil – heating
We do beautiful, longer-lasting lip enhancements at our Melbourne clinic.