Pointers For The Perfect Pout
By Marissa Hicken |
Soft and supple lips. We all want them. Unfortunately, as we age, they become harder to achieve. But don't lose hope-you can have kissable lips-like the lovely singer, Taylor Swift-in no time with our tips and tricks.
Prevent: Apply lip products with SPF. The lips contain very little melanin, which naturally protects the skin from the sun. Because the sun is the number one offender for breaking down existing collagen in the skin (which leads to a loss of volume), applying SPF is the best way to shield your lips from the sun's damaging rays.
Volumize: Done right, injections can help create a natural-looking, full lip. Hyaluronic acid-based injections can help add back lost volume. While the results aren't permanent, with the help of a skilled injector, these fillers add volume by attracting water and swelling the lips internally. (Fat injections are another option, but because fat is needed from another area of the body, minor surgery is necessary.)
Lift: A lip lift can tighten sluggish skin, upturning the natural curve of your smile. If you feel your lip line is too low, this may be a procedure to consider.
Plump: As simple as it sounds, moisturizing the lips can have a significant plumping effect. Because the lips have fewer oil glands than other areas of the face, they are more prone to becoming dehydrated and thin. We swear by this 4-in-1 lip treatment. (Over-the-counter lip plumpers can also be used to give the lips a quick, temporary fix.)
Makeup: High-shine colors and lip liner can help create the appearance of fuller lips, while also masking lines and wrinkles. Lip gloss is another secret weapon. Applying a sheer lip gloss over lipstick enhances the lips and makes them appear fuller, according to celebrity makeup artist Aldo Celeste.
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