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How to Make Your Lips Look Fuller Without Filler

Ok, this is probably one of my most requested blog posts of all time, which is ironic considering I do, in fact, get filler in my lips. I haven’t tackled these topics on my blog yet, but on Instagram I’m very open about all things Botox, filler, skin treatments, you name it (don’t worry, everything is saved in my Instagram saved stories for your viewing pleasure). I don’t believe in pretending I haven’t gotten something done if I have, I mean hello it’s 2020, and I always like to say that I don’t believe in editing my face/body/etc. in my photos, but I’ll sure as hell make real-life edits.

Anyway, pulling myself out of that rabbit hole…let’s talk about how to make your lips look fuller if you haven’t taken the plunge for filler yet. Before I got filler for the first time, I always longed for fuller lips but I was afraid filler would be too much for my face. I kept seeing all the over-done lips on Instagram, and I just thought, “That’s too much for me – that will never be my vibe” (it’s still not, and not all filler is like that, but I digress). So, I started my investigation into makeup products that could give me the fuller look I so desired.

I have 3 “holy grail” products that I use every. time. I. wear. makeup. You read that correctly. These are the only products I used on my lips in any of my photos you see on Instagram or anytime you see me in real-life. They are what I’m wearing in my cover photo for this post, at which time my filler was 8 months old and largely depleted. So let’s get into it:

Step 1 – Plumper

*Full disclosure* – this is the step that I SKIP when my filler is fresh and maintained. Once the filler starts to fade and I’m overdue for a re-up, I add this back in. If I’m not using plumper, I replace it with a lip primer so that it still creates a nice base for step 2, just without added volume. However, my search for plumper started well before I ever thought of getting filler, so that’s what I’m talking about below.

I have tried every single lip plumper there is. I have even tried putting straight up peppermint oil and cayenne pepper on my damn lips. What works best for me is the Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Plumper. This is one of the only plumpers that I could actually see noticeable results that lasted more than 5 minutes. It burns, but I love it for that because I feel like it’s working. I get the clear version because I use it as a base, and there’s even a mini size if you want to try it out first before you commit to the whole tube.

I apply this on my lips and just let it sit and do its thing while I put on the rest of my makeup. Once I’m ready to move on to step 2, I wipe off the excess with a tissue so my lips are mattified for the next step. 

Step 2 – Liner

If you take nothing else from this post, buy. this. product. The only liner I ever use on my lips is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner. I’m partial to the ‘Pillow Talk’ shade because it’s the perfect nude for my face (it’s also their best-selling, cult-favorite shade), and it is literally all I wear. That said, they have something like 20 other shades to suit your fancy. I do own it in ‘Kiss N Tell’ for when I’m feeling a red lip. 

I was one of those people that NEVER wore lip liner until I was probably 28, I just didn’t see the value. But once you get your technique down, you will never go back, just trust me. The reason I love Lip Cheat more than any other I’ve tried is because it never, not ever, literally never, wears off. WHICH MEANS, you can reshape/overline/go crazy with your lips and it’s not going to fade after your first sip of chardonnay. If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say reshape or overline your lips, I encourage you to go down the YouTube rabbit hole that I did and learn about the difference you can make by doing this to your lips. I also did a little tutorial on my Instagram ‘Face + Skin’ saved stories if you’d like to see this particular product work its magic. 

I say this a lot on my Instagram, but just in case you need to hear this (I did), lip filler will only increase the volume of what you have, it cannot change the shape or add pigment to your lips. That’s not to say it can’t fix asymmetrical lips or anything like that, filler can work wonders I’m basically a poster-child for Juvederm, but it cannot add pigment (the pink part) of your lips. So, if you want the perfect V in your cupid’s bow, and God hasn’t already blessed you with it, you’re gonna need this product. 

Trust me, I am not a makeup or beauty guru, YouTube tutorials overwhelm me, I am basically helpless when it comes to makeup, but I will go to my grave in this lip liner. I promise, if I could figure out how to apply it, so can you.

Step 3 – Gloss

If you cringed when you read gloss, I hear you. I hate lip gloss, it makes me think of the sticky gloss I wore in middle school. But, there are a few reasons why you’ll want to give Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss a try. First and foremost, it gives you even more of a boost, which is a necessity if you’re going for a fuller lip but don’t want to get lip filler. It’s also a serious plumper, so don’t dismiss that because trust me, it’s noticeable. It’s also not sticky or overly shiny/glossy, which is the only way I tolerate it. I use shade ‘013 Beige’, which pairs perfectly with the ‘Pillow Talk’ liner. I wear this even after I get filler, I just swipe on the teeny tiniest amount I can so I still get the effect of smoothing out my lips (I can’t pull off a matte look), but with less of the plumping. 

IF I’m feeling like my lips do not need the extra boost, and for some reason don’t look wrinkly and dry that day, I’ll use Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick instead of the Dior Gloss. It has a satin finish, which I translate to somewhere between matte and gloss, and I love it because it matches the liner perfectly because you can buy it in the exact same shade. 

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So that’s it, now you know all my lip secrets! If you give these a try, please let me know!

As always, thank you for reading and sharing! XOXO

By Paces West

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