All the latest lip service
If you’re planning on puckering up this Valentine’s Day, luscious lips are a must. From glosses and lip color that pack a volume-boosting punch to injectables that deliver a plumper pout for the long-term, here are a few ways to amp up your lips’ kissability.
The original plumper
Personally, I love the intense rush of cinnamon from DuWop’s Lip Venom, and that stinging makes me think it’s really working. Its blend of cinnamon, wintergreen and ginger essential oils cause blood to rush to the surface of the lips, resulting in mild flushing and swelling. The success of the first Lip Venom has spawned an entire line of plumping products, so you can surely find one that’s perfect for your pout. $16, duwop.com
Make the most of your beauty sleep with a swipe of LipFusion XL before bed. It has collagen and hyaluronic acid filling spheres that absorb the water that’s already in your body and swell to up to 50 times their starting size to plump up and smooth lips. $50, sephora.com
For ladies who crave color (as opposed to a gloss) Lorac’s Lotsa Lip Plumping Lipstick contains a blend of peptides to stimulate collagen production and increase moisture levels. $18.50, beauty.com
If you’re willing to go the professional route, injectable fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm give you an instantly plumper pout. Designed to last for up to six months, these fillers require a visit to your doctor (I suggest a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to ensure you’re in experienced hands), who can perform the treatment in less than 15 minutes under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. But don’t schedule this treatment for the day before Valentine’s Day – or any event for that matter – as it can take up to a week for any swelling or bruising to subside. Starting at about $600