If you want to achieve full, beautiful lips without resorting to collagen injections, here's how to make your own lips plumper using natural ingredients utilizing a base made from an inexpensive kit or from cupboard staples, plus a few essential oils. You can do it all in a single afternoon. Perfect your own recipe as you go along, adding vitamin or mineral supplements.
Choosing a lip plumper base
Whether you prefer a lip balm or a gloss in a pot, stick or tube, one of the benefits of making your own lip plumper is that you can select and mix ingredients to your ideal consistency. You can start with a plain lip gloss or balm using ingredients found in lip balm-making kits such as the My Lip Stuff Lip Balm Making Kit, the Lip Balm Kit from Geeperz or the All Natural Lip Balm Making Kit from Kiss Naturals. All are available from Amazon.com and other suppliers for about $20 to $25. You can also use whatever you have at hand or buy suitable bases individually to mix to your preferences.
Shea butter or cocoa butter will soothe and smooth lips, as will beeswax and petroleum jelly. Any of these ingredients is ideal as a base for a lip plumper stored in pots and slicked over the lips with a finger. For a thinner consistency, olive oil, safflower or sunflower oils, as well as almond oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil, will all help your lip plumper glide over the lips. Experiment with mixing these bases until you achieve a consistency that feels right.
Adding essential oils
The plumping effect of lip plumpers is actually a mild swelling of the lips. It's achieved by adding essential oils that slightly irritate the lips, causing the blood to flow and enhancing both color and shape. That's why many lip plumpers cause a tingling sensation when first applied. To create this effect in your own lip plumper, add up to six drops of essential oils (chosen from peppermint oil, clove oil, ginger oil, cinnamon leaf oil, black pepper oil or cayenne pepper oil) per 100 milliliters of carrier oils or base creams. If you're unsure about the effects of essential oils on your lips, start with two or three drops of peppermint oil and one or two drops of cinnamon oil, and increase from there. Experiment with each essential oil separately to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction before adding it to the mix. To do this, mix one drop with a teaspoon of carrier oil and test it on your lips. If your reaction is too strong, omit that oil.
Using vitamin or mineral supplements
If you're seduced by the vitamin and mineral ingredients in commercial lip plumpers, consider adding supplements in capsule form to your recipe. Marine collagen gel and hyalauronic acid are good choices for lip balms or glosses, as they can be absorbed by the lips and can help to plump them from the inside. Another good choice is vitamin E gel, which acts as a moisturizer and a restorative.
Making the most of your lips
In addition to using your lip plumper, there are a few tricks you can use to make the most of what you have naturally. First, stay well hydrated, since one of the major reasons lips become thinner and lined over time is dehydration. Second, exfoliate your lips once a week by brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush and some petroleum jelly. Finally, avoid dark lipsticks and lip tints, as darker colors make lips look smaller. If you use a matte color, try dabbing a small amount of clear gloss in the center of your lips to reflect light and create an illusion of fullness.