by ANEEKA WARD
We’ve all been witness to the internet sensation that was/still is Kylie Jenner’s lips. Its no secret that her famous pout has had a little bit of help from dermal fillers – but what if you as an everyday regular girl aren’t ready to make that kind of physical, emotional, and financial commitment? Well, I as an everyday regular girl decided the next course of action was to research some alternative solutions. It turns out that there are quite a few lip plumping balms for purchase out there, but unfortunately most carry a hefty price tag. So, naturally began the DIY experiments.
After playing around with a few different recipes – I’m happy to share the simplest and most effective DIY I’ve found for a naturally fuller lip (Thank you, Huda Beauty! If you do not already follow her on Instagram you need to, ASAP). The photo you see below is approximately 1-2 minutes post DIY plumper application.
Pretty crazy, huh?!
Here’s what you need to make your own:
- Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly (I used a no-name brand cocoa butter jelly from a local drugstore)
- Cinnamon Essential Oil ($6.99, NOW Foods Cinnamon Cassia Oil, Amazon.ca)
- Small plastic container (Amazon.ca)
- Stirring Stick
Step 1: Put jelly in your container. Scoop out a little hole in the centre of the jelly.
Step 2: Add in 3 drops of cinnamon essential oil. (The cinnamon oil does make your lips have a slight tingle/burning sensation for 30 seconds to a minute when mixed with the jelly and applied to your lips. Start off with 3 drops to determine your sensitivity level. Some recipes used 10-11 drops, I started with 3 because I was nervous and I am now up to about 7 drops which is comfortable for me and I’m satisfied with the result.)
Step 3: Mix it well
Step 4: Apply it to your lips. You will feel it! The cinnamon oil is potent. You can use your fingers, but if you use more than 4 drops I would use a Q-tip to apply. If you still decide to use your fingers wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
Step 5: Wait for the tingling to subside and then enjoy your plumper pout! No needles, no icepacks, no downtime. You can keep the mixture on your lips for a natural/glossed look or you can apply your lipstick as you normally would.
The result is temporary, but it works! Biggest bonus is that it costs next to nothing to make.
Have you ever experimented with DIY lip plumpers? Let me know about your experiences and if you have any other DIYs you love.
Enjoy the plump!