Your lips are no different than any other part of your body—they also age. Many women talk about how they notice their lips looking thinner and less plump as they’ve gotten older. This happens because our bodies aren’t producing as much collagen, the protein that supports the skin’s soft tissue—it’s also what gives you those full, plump lips.
The breakdown of collagen can also be caused by prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun, which is why your lips need just as much SPF as the rest of your body. There are a couple of ways women can achieve fuller lips as they get older. Injectable fillers are one option, but if you’re looking for something a little less invasive, you can also find lip plumping products at most department and drugstores.
Here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks for making your lips look great at any age:
Prevent bleeding lipstick: Adding color to your lips naturally make them look fuller. But if your lipstick tends to bleed into the fine lines and creases on and around your lips, there are a few things you can do to stay in the lines. Exfoliate your lips regularly. Before you apply your lipstick, dab a light layer of concealer and use a lip pencil over the natural line of your lips. Avoid the urge to trace outside your natural lip line—some people think it helps to make your lips look plumper, but really, it just looks messy.
Heal dry, chapped lips: Your lips get drier faster than the rest of your skin because they don’t have sebaceous glands to keep them moisturized. Exfoliate your lips twice a week to remove the flaking skin, and then apply your lip balm, which can penetrate better when lips aren’t covered with dead skin. Remember to always look for lip products that contain SPF. Keep your lips moisturized at all times to prevent cracking and wrinkles.
Gloss vs. matte lipstick: Matte lipsticks can look nice, but they tend to be a little dry and don’t go on as smoothly as a gloss finish. If you find a matte lipstick shade that you really like, just add a touch of gloss on top. If you’re layering a gloss on top of another lipstick color, choose one that’s either clear or almost the same shade, and look for lip plumping ingredients.
The beauty of lip liners: Lip liner doesn’t just have to be for tracing the lines around your lips. As we get older, it also works great all over the lips because it acts like a stain, providing longer wear. If you want, you can then choose a lipstick to go over top of it, or just use add a layer of gloss.
One of my favorite products for long-lasting lip color is the Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour. The texture goes on really smoothly, it provides full coverage that lasts through the day, and it contains a high-shine glossy topcoat—not to mention that it comes in an array of beautiful shades.