I’ve Tried Every Lip Plumping Product Short Of Fillers—Here’s What Works & What Doesn’t

Not to be one of those people who claims to have liked a song before everyone else did, but I was into big lips before self-made billionaire, Kylie Jenner, came along and made it a “thing.” No, but seriously…I started the trend. I’ve always had small lips, in fact, in seventh grade, this boy told everyone he had a crush on me, and that his favorite thing about me was my small lips. And that’s probably the meanest thing anyone has ever said to me. Given my obsession with big lips, I’ve tried everything on the market besides actually getting fillers. Look, I want them badly, but I’m also scared my dad may disown me if he knew I got them done. That being said, I’ve tried everything from lip liners, to plumpers, to dermarolling, to try to enhance my naturally small lips. So, in my continued efforts to always help you guys out, here are my findings of lip plumping products that work—and the ones that don’t.

NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, $60

Sooo this one is probably my favorite product for immediate results. Like, if you’re going out that night, and want some more bodacious and supple lips, this is the product to use. Although, disclaimer, put it on at least two hours before you’re planning to see people. It not only enhances your lips with plump and color, it also reddens the skin around your lips, which isn’t a great look. But, if you do it as the first step in your getting ready routine, you should be good to go by the time you’re ready to face the world! And by “world” I mean the bartender you’re trying to schmooze for free drinks that night. 

PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System, $99

This is another great option for immediate results, because it’s a pulsating device designed to stimulate collagen production. However, it’s time-consuming and tedious. When I say time-consuming, I mean it takes like, five minutes. But I have places to go and people to meet! That’s a lie, I’ve cancelled all my plans for the weekend so I’m just sitting around watching Netflix and stuffing my face, but STILL. I prefer to use the aforementioned lip serum for immediate results because it requires no effort and is almost half the price. I’m not lazy, I just work smarter, not harder, baby!!!!!

Fillerina Lip Plump Grade 3, $129

This product is overall geared for long-term results. Which, like all things that require time and dedication, this product’s efficacy requires diligence and patience… which aren’t exactly my strong suits. Although, I was very dedicated to using it as instructed for like, a week, and didn’t really feel I could see a difference. Now, I still keep this product in my arsenal and use it nightly because it’s definitely hydrating and makes my lips look younger. (Whatever that means?) It primarily uses hyaluronic acid to directly fill and plump, and given how trendy hyaluronic acid is right now, I got to believe it’s doing something. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, maybe it works. I guess you can spend $129 and decide for yourself.

City Lips, $35

This is another lip-plumping product I had high hopes for and was certainly disappointed. It comes in the form of a gloss, and the instructions say to apply it and then let it sit for 2-3 mins before putting any other lip products on top. This didn’t really work because of the fact that the gloss itself is so sticky. So when I went to go over line my lips post-gloss, it became a sticky mess. I realistically had to let it sit for 20 minutes before being able to even attempt to put any color on them. If you want to try this product, I suggest ordering one that’s already colored, so you don’t have to worry about having to add the color on top.

ORA Lip Plumping Roller, $28

This is another product that’s more about the long-term effect. It will provide minimal immediate results, but it’s more so about the end game with this one. Over time, it claims to stimulate collagen production in your lips. To ensure the best results, use a hydrating lip plumping product (such as Fillerina) before and after dermarolling your lips. Apparently, you’re not actually supposed to dermaroll yourself these days, but I’ve been doing it for years and haven’t had a problem. Just make sure you don’t push too hard and that you keep the roller clean and disinfected. But then again, I’m no dermatologist here, so take whatever I say with a grain of salt. You see how much I’m spending on these products, I can’t afford a lawsuit on my hands.

SkinMedica HA5 Smooth & Plump Lip System, $68

This one is made by the company that creates Botox and Juvederm, so I had very high hopes for it. But then again, if I think about it more analytically and put my useless college education to the test, why would they make a product that actually works that well? If they did that, people would stop paying for their more expensive products to actually get their lips done. Well, as logic would suggest, this product was pretty much a flop. So if you’re going to buy one of their products, might as well just go pay for their fillers instead.

Dr. Lancer Volume Enhancing Lip Serum, $42

This was another product that felt way too thick for everyday use. Dr. Lancer like, knows his sh*t, but he’s got to fix the consistency of this product. Because I trust Dr. Lancer, (I mean he is a legit doctor right???) I keep trying to make this product work. Oh, and also because I paid $42 for it so like, got to get my money’s worth! But honestly, I always find myself avoiding it when I reach into my purse, because it’s really just too thick.

Obviously, these lip plumping products aren’t cheap, so hopefully this article at least helps you narrow down which ones are worth trying. And don’t you worry! Just like Tristan Thompson won’t ever stop being a cheating sleaze-bag, I will never stop searching for the ultimate lip enhancing product for us small-lipped gals everywhere! And, unlike Khloé in the whole Tristan-Jordyn scandal, you guys will obviously be the first people I tell when I do find it.

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7 Ways To Make Your Lips Look Bigger Without Injections

In addition to eyebrows, we’re like, always staring at other people’s lips. Sounds creepy af, but you know it’s true. Whether they’re physically standing in front of you or on the face of a Kardashian, lips are yet another facial feature we closely scrutinize and spend more than enough time on in the bathroom. We can thank Kylie Jenner for making us feel 10 times worse about having little to no lips and contemplate going under the needle. Even if the thought lasted two minutes, it was long enough for me to realize how ridiculous and expensive that would be when I could use all of the makeup in the world to get the same result. Fucking magical. If you’re striving to get lips that resemble those of Angelina Jolie or Candice Swanepoel, there’s a super easy technique for that. Here are 7 ways to make your lips look bigger in minutes. All of which don’t require going full-on Kylie getting fillers.

1. Use Concealer As Your Base

With a shade that’s only slightly lighter than your own, spread concealer all over your lip line before applying any lip gloss or lipstick. Prepping your lips with a light color creates the illusion of larger lips. Be careful as to not get a concealer that looks white and pasty, otherwise people may start to wonder if you’re literally dying.

2. Always Overdraw Your Lip Liner

This is the most obvious (and favorite) solution for making your lips look bigger. It’s fucking easy and takes maybe like, a total of 30 extra seconds. Use the same color, or whatever is closest, to the lipstick shade you’ll be wearing and trace SLIGHTLY outside of your lip line. When you shade in and apply your lipstick, this creates a fuller pout and you’ll start to see why it looks as though every model has perfect lips.

3. Stick To Nudes

As much as we love a vampy purple and fall red, darker colors tend to make your lips look nonexistent. Sorry, but it’s true. You’ll get the best results with natural-looking shades and light hues like Nars Satin Lipstick in Orgasm, so stick to the nudes you know best to really make your lips look bigger than they are.

4. Contouring Your Lips Is A Must

If you didn’t know, contouring your lips is very much a thing that will make your lips look bigger. First, you’ll want to slightly overdraw your lip line with a liner that’s darker than your lipstick. Rub in the line with your finger and apply your lipstick. We’re off to a great start if you haven’t smeared it across your face yet. Layer on a lighter lipstick *only* in the middle where your cupid’s bow is and below on your bottom lip. Blend gently, and congratulations, you’ve just contoured your lips.

5. Never Forget The Lip Gloss

Lip gloss is great, lip gloss is life. Never forget the lip gloss in your lip routine. The more shimmer it has, the juicier it will make your lips look. Opt for a lip gloss that plumps and provides instant volume, like the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss. Be sure to slather on extra gloss right in the center of your lips, so they catch good lighting and look amazing in all angles throughout the day.

6. Lip Balm For The Win

No one likes dry, flaky, chapped lips. Always rid your lips of flakes by finishing off your look with a clear lip balm. Your lips look bigger when they’re smoother and not cracked. Life hack.

7. Lip Plumpers, Duh

These are about as close to lip injections as you can get without actually involving a needle. While some require daily use for up to a month, others work as low-key lip glosses, too. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme is formulated with moisturizing oils and collagen stimulants that swell your lips just enough to bring out a flushed color and create a fuller appearance. Use up to twice a day and like, FYI, you will probs feel a slight tingling sensation as a sign that it’s doing its job.

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