Thanks to bee-stung lipped Angelina Jolie, lip plumpers are big business (ba-bum ching).
When DuWop's Lip Venom first hit beauty counters back in the day, I was one of the millions of eager guinea pigs. But the full-on assault of spicy, tingly essential oils and cinnamon and ginger made me look more like an assault victim than femme fatale. Yikes!
Try this much more flattering -- and way less painful -- lip-plumping makeup trick: Add a schmear of shimmer lipgloss over lipstick or bare lips right in the middle of your lower lip and in your cupid’s bow. The extra bit of shine and light-reflecting particles create the illusion of an instantly fuller pucker, without making you look like you're in need of medical attention.
Remember that blurry camera trick Cybill Shepard used on "Moonlighting?" Well, my favorite shimmery gloss, Guerlain Kiss Kiss in Beige Secret, is a soft goldie beige that is like a magic eraser that softens the lip line by mimicking your natural lip color, thus making your pillow-y pout appear fuller.
Give it a try and see if you don’t see the effect right away. The difference is subtle, but it’s enough to give you a little confidence boost.