Are fuller lips sexier?
If our Instagram feeds are any indication, very much so. It all got started when Kylie Jenner made news with her now-infamous “is she, is she not wearing lip fillers” marketing stunt. Since then, every woman in America now seems to want that full lip look.
And there is no shortage of makeup tutorials showing us how to overline our pouts to get the plump look. It’s true. Fuller lips do make you look sexier, more youthful, and can even soften your appearance, not to mention they can up your selfie game to a whole different level!
But not all are willing – or able — to shell out hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, to get that plump look. We’re not all Kardashians, after all. Some of us may even want the fuller lip look but without the invasiveness of injections. It’s possible to achieve that with makeup, but there is an even easier way to do it: by lip masking.
Yes, lip masking is a thing. And I know what you’re thinking: with all the face masking, and eye masking, do I need to lip mask as well? If you want better-looking lips you kind of do.
I would say they are even necessary if you have chronic dry lips during the wintertime. And if you tend to wear a lot of matte lipstick, you are a good candidate for lip masking as well. Matte lipsticks tend to have a drying side-effect on your lips, so masking can help get them hydrated, plump, and soft.
While there are tons of good lip masks out there that promise to give you plump lips in minutes, you can easily achieve the same results with a DIY lip mask.
I’m a big fan of DIY masks. In fact, I’m a little obsessed with them. The two main reasons why I like this mask:
1) All you need is a few ingredients
2) It’s great for boosting your mood
And because you can make them with natural ingredients, anyone can afford them. Plus, if you can make something like that at home, you’re more likely to keep up with your beauty routine.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 5-6 crushed rose petals
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp of milk powder
- A dash of cinnamon (optional)
Wash your rose petals well to remove any impurities. After rinsing, soak them in water for about 15 mins.
Drain the rose petals. With the help of a mortar, grind them to make a paste.
Add milk powder to the roses, then add the honey and a dash of cinnamon.
Mix all the ingredients well.
Be sure to cleanse your lips of any products before applying the mask. Then, massage the paste to your lips. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. It’s better if you’re laying down for this part to prevent the mask from running to other parts.
Rinse it off and follow up with a natural lip balm to seal in the moisture.
Rose Petals: Roses have been known for their hydration properties for centuries. Several ancient civilizations used them for medicine and other rituals.
Aside from giving a nice pink hue to the lips, they are rich in hydrating oils, sugars, antioxidants, and vitamin C.
Rose Petals also have a calming and relaxing scent which makes them great to soothe a stressed and overthinking mind.
Honey: Great natural humectant. It also has antioxidants properties. If you have super dry lips, honey can help moisturize them. If you don’t have a problem with dryness you can skip this ingredient.
Milk powder: Rich in lactic acid, it helps stimulate cellular turnover and aids in the removal of dead skin cells. It’s also great to treat hyperpigmentation and other factors that contribute to a dull and uneven complexion.
Cinnamon: works wonderfully when it comes to plumping. It also helps to heal dry lips. But, don’t use the cinnamon powder directly to the lips. They can be very abrasive. If you have any irritation with it, stop the use.
This mask will help you get plump and natural pink lips in no time. You can use it up to three times a week.
Try using organic rose petals for the mask as they will be free of any chemicals. The whole point of a DIY mask is to use more natural ingredients. I’m sure you don’t want to put rose petals that are full of pesticides on your lips.
For even better results, it’s best to exfoliate your lips before you do the mask. This will guarantee the removal of any dead cells from your lips and will make sure your skin will better absorb moisturizers.
You can either do your own natural scrub or can use store-bought. It helps to use a new toothbrush and water for extra diligent scrub – just be careful and gentle – as the skin on your lips is very sensitive.
If you’re planning on applying makeup after the mask – which is not a bad idea – make sure to pat dry your lips so they’re prepped for makeup application.
As with any other lip masks, store-bought or not, the main goal is to moisturize. This will temporarily plump the lips, so don’t expect the results to last forever. If you want lasting results, you just have to keep using it.
Hope you enjoyed learning about one more DIY mask. If you found this helpful, don’t forget to spread the word on social media.