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Published on April 14th, 2016 | by Gayatri Dahiya

All About Lip Plumpers

When asked if women could have one thing from Angelina Jolie’s life, the answer (surprisingly) was not Brad Pitt, but her world renowned pout! Here’s how to get yours…

We might be exaggerating a wee bit, but it is an oft-quoted statistic that one of the top choices for women looking for cosmetically-enhanced features is fuller lips ala Miss Jolie. Apart from being considered wildly sexy, and hugely turning-on, plump lips have since time immemorial been considered synonymous with uber femininity. But don’t inquire about those painful collagen injections just yet, try lip plumpers! As the name suggests, lip plumpers are cosmetic products used to enhance the appearance of your lips to look fuller. In fact, these provide a much more natural pout than most cosmetic procedures, and cost less than a fraction of the price! Plus it’s great to have a temporary pout when you may not want a permanent change.

How do these work?

Essentially, most lip plumpers contain certain ingredients (such as cinnamon, peppermint, cayenne pepper, or even slight amounts of camphor) that irritate the lips, causing them to swell (temporarily), and hence, creating the illusion of fuller lips. Alternatively, there are stronger treatment products, containing ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids or retinol that are supposed to increase collagen production, or cause the size of the blood vessels to increase (increasing blood flow to the lips), to give you plumper lips over time.

Do they really work?

Yes and no! After years of experimenting with salt rub, toothbrush exfoliation, and several product trials later, we can safely say that yes – most lip plumpers will show slight changes resulting in (at least) slightly swollen lips. But, no – don’t expect a change along the lines of an injected pout, especially not in the first few times of usage. That said, some of the products we found actually do result in visibly fuller lips that last at least 4-6 hours without reapplication. Now, isn’t that worthy of consideration? We certainly think it is.

Which brands work?

We do find that the Indian market is largely deficient in offering a greater variety of lip plumping products, but here’s our tried-and-tested list of the best of what’s on offer:

1)  PALLADIO BE CHIC LIP GLOSS

Here’s a lip gloss that is non- sticky and super shiny. Basically a lip gloss with no cons. Did we mention it’s herbal? CLICK HERE to view this product.

2) DEBORAH MILANO ATOMIC RED MAT LIPSTICK

For lips that are moisturized and incredibly matte. Flaunt velvety matte lips with our favourite from Deborah Milano. CLICK HERE  to view this product.

3) FLORMAR DELUXE SHINE GLOSS LIPSTICK

Highly pigmented like a lipstick and glossy like lip gloss. Perfect if you can’t choose between a lipgloss and a lipstick. CLICK HERE  to view this product.

Plump-at-Home?

  1. Peppermint/Cinammon Plump: Coat your lips with petroleum jelly and dab just a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil on your pout. Be warned – this will cause a tingly sensation, so do not try this on dry/irritated skin.
  2. Brush Lips Twice-a-Day: A simple technique that works to create a natural pout. Using a clean, rinsed toothbrush, very gently rub your lips in light circular strokes after brushing. The bristles will exfoliate your lips, and the mint-y essence of your toothpaste will induce plumpness. Be careful to not rub hard lest you damage the delicate skin.
  3. Salt-kissed Lips: While in the shower, rub a pinch of sea salt on your lips, leave on for 15-20 seconds, and wash off to reveal visibly cushier lips! I have been doing this for years, and still works like a charm.

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