Put Down the Shot Glass! 4 Safe Ways to Plump Your Pout Without Partaking in the #KylieJennerChallenge
Ask, and the internet delivers... In case you haven't had time to check your Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or social feed in general this week, teens everywhere have replaced #TheDress with the #KylieJennerChallenge as the new meme of the moment---which involves sucking on a shot glass in an attempt to mimic Jenner's trademark pout. We cannot drive this point home hard enough: Do. Not. Ever. Do. This. In addition to the obvious culturally appropriative aspect, which our partner site PopSugar so eloquently explains here, the method itself is dangerous. Many of the people who got involved with the challenge ended up with major bruising around the perimeter of their lips, and one graphic image showcased exactly what happens when the shot glass you're using happens to shatter. (Spoiler alert, stitches are definitely involved...)
If you must increase the size of your pucker, we put together a safe guide for doing exactly that, no sucking action required. Read on to get the details---we'll just be over here longing for the days when blue-and-black vs. gold-and-white dominated social conversations of 140 characters or less.
Line Your Lips
We've been over this before---tracing slightly outside the perimeter of your lips can create the illusion of a fuller pout, but it's neutral shades with no red undertones that deliver the most realistic result. Taupe colors like Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' lip pencil in Sebastian ($15; nordstrom.com) are your best bet, as they mimic the look of a natural shadow.
Rethink the Placement of Your Gloss
Concentrating a small amount of an ultra-shimmery gloss like Bobbi Brown's ($25; bobbibrown.com) just at the very center of your upper and lower lip plays tricks on the light, and makes your pucker look larger than it actually is.
Try a Lip Plumping Oil
Turns out, your workout regimen isn't the only place you can feel the burn. Bite Beauty's Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil ($22; sephora.com) imparts a warming sensation to your lips, which borders on more of a tingle than a burn, to give off a slight flush and leave you with a more massive appearance.
Get a Balm Infused with Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid works to plump up fine lines on your skin, and the ingredient gives your lips the same treatment. The Lip 20 Balm Hydrating Treatment by Kaplan MD ($35; dermstore.com) has high-tech hyaluronic spheres mixed into the formula, so you'll get a boost in hydration as well as volume.