Experts Demystify the Lip Flip Craze—and Reveal Needle-Free Secrets to The Look

The quest for a fuller mouth can start at home, thanks to expert-level care and intelligent optical illusions.

10/22/2021 3:48:00 AM

The best needle-free products to achieve an at-home lip flip according to plastic surgeons and dermatologists.

The quest for a fuller mouth can start at home, thanks to expert-level care and intelligent optical illusions.

Tom Ford Limited-Edition Sunlit Rosy Lip Balm“To find the light on the lips, swipe on an emollient lip balm to see where the ‘shine’ hits—usually, this would be the peaks of your cupid’s bow and the fuller part of your bottom lip,” says Martin. Tom Ford’s limited-edition Sunlit Lip Balm offers a sheer swipe of moisture with a visible gleam.

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Tom Ford Sunlit Rosy lip balm$58Shop NowVictoria Beckham Beauty Lip Definer“After you’ve identified the light, you’re going to take a lip liner and you’re literally going to shape and stencil around the ‘highlight’ on the lips,” says Martin, who recommends Victoria Beckham Beauty. “It’s always good to start with a color that’s deeper than your natural lip color to exaggerate the flip more naturally—this pencil works on a lot of lip tones and is a matte neutral brown-pink.”

Victoria Beckham Beauty lip definer$26Shop NowWinky Lux Pucker Up Lip Plumper“Capsicum (from chili peppers) is a common ingredient that volumizes and plumps the lips,” says New Jersey-based plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham. Found in cult-favorite brand Winky Lux’s Lip Plumper, Ramanadham points out that capsicum has the power to “increase blood flow, which then causes the lips to swell and become plump.”

Winky Lux Pucker Up lip plumper$18Shop NowLa Roche-Posay Nutritic Lip Balm for Very Dry LipsFor a drugstore option “chock full of ceramides and lipids,” Dr. Shamban suggests La Roche Posay’s Nutritic Lip Balm. “It will help to retain moisture, sealing and maintain a healthy skin barrier for the lip tissue—their hero is Ceramide 3, which is most closely related to the lipids naturally found in our tissue.”

La Roche-Posay Nutritic lip balm$16Shop NowMILK Makeup Electric Glossy Lip PlumperFor “a temporary plumping effect,” Dr. Ramanadham recommends lip-plumpers with certain key ingredients. She mentions chili pepper extract, though MILK Makeup’s Electric Glossy Plumper levels it up with a Sichuan pepper-infused formula made with clean energy. Plus, the company’s consumer-perception survey shows 96% of people said that when used twice a day for 30 days, lips looked plumper—with increased volume.

Milk Makeup Electric Glossy lip plumper$25Shop NowIlia Lip Wrap Treatment Mask + Kinship Supermelt Vegan Lip Jelly MaskTo nurture a healthy environment for your natural lips while you sleep, “slather on a thicker lip treatment, says makeup artist Katey Denno, who travels coast to coast to prep clients like Beanie Feldstein and Zooey Deschanel. For clean options from Credo, “I like the Ilia lip wrap treatment mask or Kinship’s lip jelly mask,” says Denno.

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