Sep 4, 2008
Exfoliate with sugar. This will not only soften your lips, but it'll also clean them and leave a lingering sweetness behind.
- Put a pinch of sugar in the palm of your hand.
- Soak the fingertips of the opposite hand with water.
- Mix a few droplets of water with the sugar until it is pasty.
- Apply in a circular motion to lips to exfoliate. Use your index finger and move in gentle small circles, then all the way around the lips.
Polish your lips. Apply a lip balm or petroleum jelly immediately after exfoliating, at bedtime and throughout the day to keep your lips hydrated. If you don't follow up the exfoliating treatment with lip balm, your lips will get dry and look worse than ever.
- Lip balm with a sheen can make it look like you just licked your lips, which is something people often do before and during kissing (and which you should try not to do outside of those circumstances, because saliva dries out your lips).
- Try to use a lip treatment with an SPF to avoid sun damage. Frequent exposure to sunlight can increase the likelihood of lip cancer, especially when combined with alcohol or tobacco use. If you have a lip sore or lump that won't go away, get it checked out.
Relax your lip muscles. You might have some tension in your lips that is making them look clenched or tight, and this makes your lips look less kiss-worthy. One way to make sure your lips are relaxed is to open them slightly, so that there's a tiny sliver between your lips through which air can flow; not only will this relax your lips, but it'll also make them look bigger because they're subtly parted. If you look at pictures of models, you'll notice that many of them have their lips at least slightly parted.
Frame the shape of your lips. What matters more than the fullness of your lips is symmetry, which is the universal beacon of attractiveness.
For feminine lips: Smooth out any imperfections with lip liner, then fill in with a tinted lip gloss. Wax any hair around your lips (especially if you have dark hair and light skin) so that the contrast between your skin and lips is increased, making your lips "pop".
For masculine lips, facial hair can hide imperfections. Stubble seems to strike a good balance because it signals masculinity (the ability to grow facial hair) while still maintaining a youthful appearance.
If you smoke, you'll eventually get "smoker's lines", which are fine lines and wrinkles above your top lip. These will make your lips look less attractive; they can only be prevented by not smoking, and they can only be hidden by makeup or facial hair.
Smile seductively. A big, genuine smile is attractive, but you don't smile like that all the time. When you make eye contact, whether it's in a conversation or from across the room, curling the corners of your lips upwards can capture the essence of a smile while still showing off your kissable lips.
If you don't have sugar, use a soft toothbrush or baby tooth brush to exfoliate your lips gently.
Avoid lipsticks that are long wearing as they are often very drying. Some lipsticks and glosses have fragrances but can also dry your lips over time. Try mixing your favorite color with a hearty lip treatment. Reuse the tubes and carry them with you. You'll need to apply more often than usual.
If you have ignored your lips for a long time it may take a few weeks to start noticing changes.
Lip plumping and lip treatments containing silicone may make your lips look fuller, but they are temporary, more expensive solutions.
Play a brass instrument ( the trumpet). The constant vibration required to produce sound causes your lips to swell slightly, naturally making them fuller
Posted by Jane at Thursday, September 04, 2008 |