How to plump your lips without injections
Fake your way to an instantly fuller pout
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / July 01 2019
Whether you want to thank Kylie Jenner or the OG gals Angelina Jolie and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, big pouts have become a MASSIVE thing in the beauty world. Pretty much every single beauty blogger, influencer and celebrity are rocking the just-got-fillers lip look.
While lip injections are one way to add shape and volume to your lips, for whatever reason (price, needle fear, allergies), they might not be an option for you. The good news is, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a perfectly plumped-up pout.
Thankfully, there are a bunch of injectable-free options to make your smackers look big and juicy, without the scary price tag, swelling or pain. You don’t even need to go through the effort of over-lining your lips with lip liner. A lip plumping product is effortless yet effective, and we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best lip plumping formulas on the market. Get ready to pucker up!
The lip plumping duo
This is the perfect lip plumping kit! Bybi Beauty’s Lip Kit contains a lip polish and lip plumper that work together to give you plump lips that are soft and nourished. The natural scrub contains brown sugar granules to slough away dead skin cells, along with agave and cherry oils to hydrate your lips. The lip plumper is enriched with shea butter and carnauba wax to seal in moisture, while peppermint and capsicum stimulate blood flow for a plumper lip look.
The lip mask
Enriched with shea butter and coffee extract to volumise your lips, this hydrating lip plumper works well for everyday use (it feels like you're wearing a normal lip balm) and doubles as an overnight treatment. Sportsgirl's Plumping Lip Mask is ultra-nourishing, improves the appearance of your lips, and tastes like a strawberry dream (there’s a watermelon version, too – just try and hold us back!).
The coloured lip gloss
This deep pink plumping lip gloss is enriched with ingredients like marine collagen and mustard sprout extract to hydrate and enhance the volume of your lips, creating a fuller-looking appearance. The addition of coconut oil nourishes and softens your lips, while the pearlescent pigments give you the most beautiful high-shine shimmer and glow. The Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath lip plumping gloss applicator brush is also heart-shaped, making precise application a cinch.
The lip serum
This vegan lip plumping serum delivers instant results – just be warned, it does tingle on application. Marine plant extract helps smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines, while hot pepper fruit extract causes a temporary swelling effect, making your lips look plumper and fuller. Tarte Cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Sting Zing lip serum can be worn alone or under other lip products (kind of like a lip primer), and also features hyaluronic acid for added moisture and firmness.
The sheet mask
This easy-to-use lip mask from works in just 15 minutes to plump, nourish, hydrate, soften and smooth your lips, while visibly diminishing fine lip lines and wrinkles. The Starskin DreamKiss Plumping and Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask contains a cocktail of plant-based ingredients like mango butter, flaxseed and sea fern for a plump pout. It’s the perfect mask to pop on your lips before doing your makeup and hitting the town!
The clear gloss
Featuring a trio of lip-enhancing ingredients (peppermint and cinnamon bark oils and capsicum extract), Bondi Boost Lip Plumper is a clear lip plumping gloss that works to stimulate blood circulation to make lips appear fuller, faster. Once applied you’ll feel a refreshing tingling sensation on your lips and will be able to see visible plumping results immediately.
The lip cream
Available in 10 different shades, Revlon Kiss Plumping Crème in 530 Peony Buff is a moisturising violet-pink lip colour that has a smoothing and plumping effect on your lips. It's formulated with a unique Volulip™ technology to help increase the size and volume of lips over time.
The gradual lip plumping treatment
L’Action Paris Lip Enhancer is the perfect little treatment to give the illusion of more youthful, fuller lips. Containing oligopeptides, this active lip gloss works to reshape your lips within four weeks, giving them fullness and texture. You can apply it alone or over the top of lipstick for a glossy finish.
The overnight lip treatment
Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment is a serious all-rounder on all fronts. Applied before hitting the sheets, it’s an anti-ageing lip and perioral treatment that contains potent skin care ingredients to smooth the appearance of lines while you sleep, while also instantly adding volume.
Now you've got the lowdown on the best lip plumpers out there, check out six other ways to make your lips look fuller sans fillers.
What’s your favourite lip plumping products? What’s your go-to method for plump lips? Let us know in the comment section below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.