How to Get Fuller Lips

Woman s Day
February 12, 2013

By Woman's Day Staff
The biggest cause of lip shrinkage is collagen loss. "It begins to break down in your 20s and speeds up in your mid-30s and beyond," says Dennis Gross, MD, dermatologist and creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. Sun exposure and smoking further accelerate the process, but you can reverse it. Pick up tips from the pros on how to keep your lips looking luscious. Photo by Thinkstock

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The Doctor Recommends...
To help stimulate collagen, apply products that contain peptides as well as ones that moisturize. "Your lips don't have oil glands and are prone to dryness, which highlights thin lips," explains Dr. Gross. Apply a lip balm made with vitamin E or shea butter to fight off dryness. Opt for one that also has SPF 15 or higher to limit sun damage and reapply throughout the day. Finish with a swipe of lipstick that's formulated with peptides.

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The Makeup Artist Suggests...
"The quickest way to full lips is to use a plumping lipgloss," says celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. They contain ingredients like mint or cinnamon to stimulate blood vessels and cause lips to swell. You'll notice a light tingle after applying-this means it's working. Look for one with shimmer to reflect light away from fine lines.

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Products to Try...

These next beauty must-haves contain the ingredients your lips crave.

Lip balm

The hydrating shea butter soothes dryness fast.
Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect SPF 30
, $6.99;

Packed with peptides and retinol to fight fine lines.
Avon Beyond Color Plumping Lip Color SPF 15, in 10 shades, $6;

Cinnamon and peppermint work together to swell lips.
Sally Hansen Lip Inflation, $6.50;

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