I love the idea of luscious, perfectly plump, big lips. I've even considered injections. But my fear of needles, pain, and doctor's offices in general has kept me far, far away from the syringe. Instead, I've spent my time looking for alternatives.
I got into a magical serum that worked in just one minute and other plumping products that transform thin lips. In a moment of weakness, I even had a plastic surgery consultation. There wasn't anything effective and easy enough to transform my lips daily without any downsides. It was, of course, the inimitable Charlotte Tilbury who changed everything.
вЂњMy Lip Cheat Lip Liners ($22) are every woman's best friend when it comes to fuller, wider lips with a flawless finish,вЂќ Tilbury told me after her master class. I was intrigued. Of course, anything Charlotte Tilbury says goes directly into my brain as gospel. I immediately bought a few of her pencils to try at home.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Charlotte Tilbury's lip-plumping alternative.
How It WorksCharlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Liner in Pillow Talk $22Shop
They have a waterproof, velvety texture that glides over your skin, no matter the texture. The wax and the oil-rich formula work beautifully as a stencil, ensuring that the lip color lasts all day without feathering. Tilbury instructed, вЂњBy tracing the natural outline of your lips, you can completely reshape and resize the Cupid's bow, as well as any asymmetrical unevenness in an instant.вЂќ She added, вЂњI'm obsessed with my Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk-it mimics and enhances the natural hue of the lips, so you can cheat a perfect, pillowy pout in seconds.вЂќ
Now, I was a bit skeptical at first. I've tried over-lining my lips in the past (thanks, Kylie), and I looked insane. But there was something about the color and texture of this particular pencil and, of course, expert tips from Tilbury herself.
Not all lip liners are created equal-and they definitely don't all yield such great results. I have less-than-defined lips, which is an issue when it comes to precision, and the pencil took care of all that. It glides on smoothly (but not so smoothly that it's difficult to control).
The color, Pillowtalk, looks so natural. Like my own colorвЂ¦ but slightly more enhanced. When I was done applying it, I was in shock. My lips looked instantly bigger, softer, and decidedly pillowy.
I followed Tilbury's instructions to a T: вЂњTo enhance and exaggerate your lips, you need to work to perfectly balance them out for a fuller, wider finish. Trace the liner just outside the natural lip line to create a gorgeous, youthful pout.вЂќ
She continued, вЂњTo seal it in, follow with the Penelope Pink lipstick by filling in straight from the bullet-it's shaped like a lip brush so you can apply easily on the go.вЂќ On days when I want to stay pretty natural, I apply an easy balm on top like Glossier Balm Dotcom ($18). When I want to pump it up a bit, I use the lipstick Tilbury recommended. The trick is the shade actually mimics the natural hue of your lips. It's astounding.
Once I realized this was a life-changing product, I set out to find other options. See below for a few more of my favorites.MAC Lip Pencil $18Shop
Check plus for a super-creamy texture.Make Up For Ever High Precision Lip Pencil $18Shop
Make Up For Ever's version will line and help contour your lipsВ with intense precision and accuracy. No mistakes to be found.ВToo Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner $14Shop
The texture of Too Faced's offering is better than most-it glides on like a marker but never feathers.Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil $20Shop
The longest-wearing of them all, Urban Decay's lip pencil lasts all day, all night, and into the wee hours of the morning.Votre Vu Dramatic Lip Liner in Naked $21Shop
Thanks to the addition ofВ avocado oil, Votre Vu's lip liner moisturizes, heals, and looks damn good.
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