Lips Enhancement in 2017: Lip Fillers or Makeup Styles?


From Kylie Jenner to Ellie Goulding, many celebrities have been spotted sporting plump lips that are significantly fuller. This has made lip plumping the hottest trend in Hollywood for 2017.

Lip fillers are the secret to many of these stars’ transformations, but others rely solely special makeup techniques that they think do the job just as well. So if you are thinking of plumping your lips this year, which of these two paths will you take? We take a look at the difference between lip fillers and lip enhancing makeup styles to help you decide which is right for you.

What exactly are lip fillers?

Lip augmentation, to give it its clinical name, is a cosmetic procedure designed to increase the size of your lips. Most lip augmentation procedures involve injecting dermal fillers into the lips. These fillers are normally comprised of hyaluronic acid, a chemical that is naturally found in the body. This chemical adds volume, shape and structure to your lips, which will last up to six months. After which you can have the procedure again if you so desire.

You can get lip fillers at any number of clinics around the world. Services like WhatClinic can help you locate lip augmentation clinics in London, for example, complete with user ratings and reviews to help you choose a clinic you can trust.

Could make up have the same effect?

Despite the widespread use of lip fillers, there are several makeup styles known to create the impression of fuller lips. Marie Claire recommends scrubbing your pouting lips with your toothbrush every day to reduce flaking and increase blood flow, which they say will give lips a redder tint. They then recommend you colour your lips nude before applying any other pigments to create a good base before you proceed to contour under your bottom lip.

Elle also recommends drawing a wider perimeter for your lips. They go as far as to suggest you extend the perimeter to go “right above the flesh-toned part of your lip” to exaggerate the lipline.

Buzzfeed’s tips are even more intricate. They advise you to overline your ‘cupid’s bow’ at the centre of your top lip with a lip liner that is darker than the one you normally use to create a more three dimensional look. They then suggest adding lip gloss or shiny powder only to the centre of your lips, again to help with perceived plumping.

So what is the best way to get fuller lips?

There are benefits and drawbacks to both of these lip plumping techniques. Lip fillers are of course the more permanent option, meaning you can roll out of bed with full lips without having to painstakingly apply makeup.

On the other hand, a custom makeup style does give you more control over exactly what your lips look like, meaning you can perfect your bespoke lip look with time and experimentation.

The deciding factor for some may well be this: lip fillers are actually completely reversible. There is no risk of having a ‘botched’ procedure, as dermatologists can inject a substance called hyaluronidase that dissolves the effects of fillers in just five minutes. This means if you are even considering trying lip fillers, there is very little risk.

The ideal way to achieve the fuller lip look will ultimately depend on your personal preference. Dermal lip fillers offer a more permanent solution for those who don’t mind needles, and makeup styles are a perfectly adequate alternative for those who are willing to put in the time to perfect their technique.