Even though I’m a pro-ager, there are times when I realize the aging process has taken some fullness from certain places and deposited that fullness in other parts of my body that certainly do not need to be fuller.
For example—wouldn’t it be great if we could take the flab from our bellies and magically place it onto our face where the wrinkles are? Better yet, it would be astounding if we could take that flab and put a bit of it into our lips to make them plump and youthful again!
Can I take this belly flab and move it to other parts of my body? Like my neck and face please?
Seriously. My lips haven’t aged as well as I would have wanted them to. With all the non-stop talking I’ve done during my lifetime, it would occur that my lips would be full of strong muscle from that exercise. But no.
My aging lips! They’ve lost definition, they are uneven and the bottom lip has gotten substantially thinner! Yikes!
They’ve not only lost fullness, but somewhere along the line, they became slightly downturned. My upper lip is also uneven. It would be great to have injections, but I don’t want those duck lips—and it seems that every woman who has had injections has a variable on the same mouth. You can just tell.
I’m wary of injections because I’m afraid of this!!
So then—what to do?
While researching on YouTube and trying out various lip products, I’ve learned a way to bring the mature mouth to it’s youthful plumpness and fullness.
It’s all done with lip pencils for the most part.
Follow my step-by-step as we move along. First, the lips should be exfoliated. This can be done either with a scrub, a washcloth or your fingers. Then a thin application of lip balm will help things along.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive exfoliators. Chapstick has a very budget-friendly one and you can just use a regular washcloth or rub your fingers on your lips!I use NYX Wonder Pencil for the initial outlining. And don’t mind my hair. I’ve been wearing wigs all summer and haven’t colored my roots. Maybe I’ll go gray simply because I’m lazy!
It looks crazy now but once you blend, you’ll see that this works
Now we’re ready. Get a nude-colored lip pencil. NYX Wonder Stick is great for this. Line your lips. Outline them over the natural shape of your upper lip and under the line of your bottom lip. It’s gonna be exaggerated but don’t worry because this will be blended.
Next, apply concealer all over your mouth. This will turn your mouth into a canvas of sorts. And it works very well especially if your lips are naturally heavily pigmented.
Any inexpensive concealer will do. I’m using Wet n’ Wild…
Blend the concealer in so that your lips almost disappear.
After the concealer is blended it’s time to line the mouth again. Now I’m taking a slightly darker, nude colored-pencil, this is by Revlon and the color is “Natural”. Although I’m not too fond of the wind-up pencils because they always seem to break on me, this one is decent and hasn’t broken……. yet.
Revlon’s Colorstay lipliner crayon in “natural”
Next is a NYX lip pencil and forgive me but the pencil is down to the nub so I can’t see the color. It’s a very natural nude-mauve. I’m coloring my entire lip with this. Even down below the natural lip on the bottom and above my natural lip on top.
Oops! Time to repurchase! I’ve had this for quite sometime and I’ll tell you, NYX makes a great lip pencil! PS. The color of the dress is dirty because this is the rag I wear while getting ready for work in the morning!
Color the lips entirely with the pencil.
The key to this is to keep the pencils sharp. You want an exact line and nothing blurred because you don’t want to look like Baby Jane. E.l.f. has a very good sharpener for a buck!
No Baby Jane lips!
Now I’m taking a darker pencil and lining my lips again. I’m using Cabernet by NYX—NYX makes great lip pencils and at $3.50 each, they are very comparable to the MAC lip pencils. After I blend the line in a bit to my mouth, I take powder and lightly apply the powder to my mouth.
Now a darker pencil. Cabernet by NYX..
Looking fuller already!
Maybelline Fit Me powder. It multitasks! I use this to enhance the parting space in my wigs! It doubles to set my lips!
Next is Half Red by MAC, although pricier, the color glides on beautifully and is an incredibly flattering color. I’m coloring my mouth in with this pencil and applying it a bit darker on the ends of my mouth to make my mouth look a bit wider.
An application of MAC Half-Red is next…and I’m gonna get dressed…
I’m back! And the Half-Red is nicely blended!
No need for a lip brush because fingers work much better!
To make lips look really full, I take a white eye pencil and draw lines in the middle of my top lip and bottom lip then I blend.
I use a very inexpensive white pencil. I paid a buck for this Wet n’ Wild pencil. When the tip gets color from the other pencils, just give it a quick sharpen…
The white pencil applied in the middle of the mouth really gives the illusion of plumped up lips!
Last step—I top it off with a coating of lip gloss but only in the middle. NYX Butter Glosses are amazing! I use either Merengue or Tiramisu. Merengue is the most beautiful shade of pink and Tiramisu is a more nude color. Both are wonderful.
Topped off with a bit of gloss and you are good to go!
The finished product! Plump and full and no injections!
And there! It’s all finished! Does it last all day? No—but it lasts quite a few hours. And since I’m in the office all day, I don’t reapply. But—I think for a special occasion or if you have a date night or just want your lips to look fuller, this is a great way to do it!
So whatya think? I’m very pleased with this non-invasive way to make aging lips look plump and more youthful!
What do you think? I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and am very pleased with my pro-aging look! I’ve created an Idea List with products that I’ve used–you can bring it when you go shopping or order online! How To Make Your Lips Fuller Idea List
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I love that color looks great!!!
Thanks Debe!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO
OMG!! I know you’re serious but the reference to Goldie Hawn’s ‘toilet plunger’ mouth in First Wive’s Club and Baby Jane in ‘What Ever Happened to Sweet Baby Jane?’ really got me laughing!! In the end you had the last laugh because your lips look awesome! It’s when ladies outline their lips in a dark shade of pencil and fill in with a nude lip gloss….looks totally bizarre! And as the day wears on looks clown like (not the look they were going for I’m sure) This is a great ‘how to’ and thanks for the shout outs to the inexpensive lip pencils. I have seen some for $20.00 that’s too pricey. Does MAC make a Half Red lipstick too?
Hey Momcat!!! Hope you are doing well!!!! LOL. Ugh. Those dark lined lips. It looks so–unattractive! That’s why I’ve always shied away from lip liners–but when you know how to line correctly–it works. Oh yeah. I paid $18 for that Half-Red pencil and even though it’s great, I knew I could find a similar pencil from NYX–Cabernet was it! I love the NYX line! I’m not sure if Half Red comes in a lipstick. XOXOXOXOXOXO
Thanks Baking! It’s really easy and does help the lips to look lucious!!!! XOXOXOXO
Ooooh I am actually going to try that – even I could follow your instructions, loving that colour and I am a huge fan of Nyx – they are really excellent
Juliet! Definitely try it. NYX has GREAT lip products for such great prices!!!! XOXOXOXOXO
Thanks for the tips, Catherine. Your lips look fabulous! And I love that you are using products that aren’t outrageously priced! – Amy
Hi Amy! You are quite welcome! Oh..there’s no need to break the bank when it comes to lip color!!! They don’t last all day anyway!!!! XOXOXOXOXO
What a clever idea! You rock, Catherine!
Thanks Jackie!!! XOXOXOXOXO
Thank you – that’s really helpful – I’m going to give this a try on my thinning lips!