Looking to add a little bit of volume to your lip pout? Of all the options to fake full lips out there, using a lip plumper can be a safe, budget-friendly alternative (and less painful than getting collagen injections). But how does lip plumper work? Some instantly jolt the lips with caffeine while others swell them with natural ingredients like cinnamon, menthol, and red peppers. Other take a the long-game approach with cell-stimulating, collagen-boosting compounds that work over time for a more permanent pucker.
Plumping your lips
Although there are a variety of ways to achieve bee-sting big lips, it doesn’t get much easier than swiping on a gloss. Like your regular shine-giving lip treatment, a lip plumper gloss glides on easily to add a coat of colour, shine, and in this case a tingling sensation as the formula begins to work its plumping magic. Use your lip plumping product alone over bare lips for as a natural lip enhancer or layer over your signature lipstick shade for the ultimate pouty lips.
Don’t be alarmed by the subtle burning when you first apply! Lip plumpers work by intentionally (and mildly) irritating the lips to stimulate blood circulation for a swollen look. The process can actually be pretty surprisingly natural—caused either by extracts like cinnamon or biological additives like hyaluronic acid—and contains low enough levels to be safe. Of course, over-applying is never healthy. Using your lip plumper too frequently can exaggerate the effects and cause dryness or scaling. So plump at a slow place, whether you’re going for immediate or long term.
From super-stingers to gentle enhancers, Sephora New Zealand has the lip plumper for you. Shop online to pick your fave and pump up that pout.