The 4 Best Lip Plumpers for a Pillowy Pout

At some particularly impressionable point during my adolescence, a trashy magazine told me that men prefer lush, full lips on women.  READ: 6 Must-Have Tinted Lip Balms to Kiss the Chapping Away But there have been real studies suggesting that women with plump lips are more desirable to men because, when balanced with larger eyes and a small nose, what you get is symmetry. Symmetry is associated with "strong mating potential." Men want to mate. Men are weird. End of story. Well, not quite: Women everywhere have been in hot pursuit of enhanced lips since long before scientists concluded that it’s all based in evolutionary psychology. Why? Unclear. But when you consider the fact that Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson regularly top off lists of celebrity women that other straight women agree are, like, really hot, there’s definitely something to it. (Kylie Jenner’s unnaturally large lips, on the other hand, are a whole other ball game that may eventually be a cautionary tale.) READ: How to Wear Nude Lip Color at Night Whichever way you spin it — there’s a case for evolution as well as a case for finding it appealing on others and wanting it yourself — plump lips can be a good thing within reason. But the quest to achieve that fullness doesn’t necessarily mean you should make a beeline to the derm for a syringe full of Restylane (unless you want to, of course). The best lip plumpers have recently gotten even better thanks to their high demand, and a good one can be game-changing for those who’d like to trade in their smaller lips for a slightly bigger pair. Check out our picks below:




    GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper

    Heralded as the best new option out there, this nourishing formula, which somehow has nothing to do with Ariana Grande (or Frankie, for that matter), employs hyaluronic acid, collagen peptides, caffeine, and conditioning niacin to firm lips and keep them that way. $27, /

    Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer

    If the bee-sting tingle of most plumpers isn't for you, this mintier iteration is a solid choice. It hydrates like a balm and feels silky going on, with a slightly glossy finish that tints lips a subtle, healthy-looking pink. $28, /

    Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

    This one's been a fixture on the lip-plumping scene for years now, thanks to a gleaming high-shine effect that catches the eye as if you were wearing diamonds on your face. It's available in a million colors, and includes vitamins A and E for softer, smoother lips. $20, /

    StriVectin Nourishing Lip Plumper

    Given the fact that it comes from a brand known for its spectacular anti-aging skin care, this formula is the realest. It has a cumulative effect to strengthen the delicate skin on your lips and reduce fine lines and wrinkles over time, but you get instant gratification in the form of moisturizing, softening, and defining properties. $39, /
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