September 8, 2015 / Our Services


A natural-looking, plumped pout can be yours.

By Emily Dudding | Sep 4, 2015

This season, full lips—soft, sexy, and plush—are having a moment. Are yours lacking? Fear not. New treatments can make skimpy lips look luscious, not outlandish. And, even easier, “a few makeup tricks will give you great results instantly,” promises Chanel makeup artist Angela Levin.

Restylane Silk


Restylane Silk is a new lip filler that’s creating major buzz. “It has smaller particles than other fillers, and it integrates seamlessly without forming bumps,” says Arielle Kauvar, a dermatologist in New York. “We can create contour within minutes by injecting filler along the border of the lip. You are not enlarging them as much as restoring them. Lipstick will no longer bleed into lines.” Adds New York dermatologist Marina Peredo, “Your lips will look smooth, almost as if you have gloss on. I call it lipstick in a syringe.” Results last up to a year (cost: $600–$800). Too much, though, will be, well, too much. “The goal is not to make your lips look like a frankfurter,” says Patricia Wexler, a New York dermatologist. She refrains from putting filler in the center of the lip to create definition; to lift the corners, she uses Restylane, which has tissue-lifting properties. “ThermiSmooth, a noninvasive radio frequency treatment, is also great for the lips,” Wexler says. The 10-minute procedure stimulates collagen and gives lips a boost sans downtime. Results for six sessions can last up to two years ($750 per session).


Of course, you can skip the doctor’s office and head to the makeup counter instead. Vincent Longo, a makeup artist and creative director of StyleBookings, suggests exfoliating lips (use your toothbrush) to provide a smooth surface. Avoid lip plumpers, however. “They tend to burn and only last an hour,” says Levin. Be sure to start with a good base. Longo is a fan of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm ($23), while New York makeup artist Kimara Ahnert recommends using foundation: “It blurs the line between lips and skin, ensuring that the definition you create with color is the only definition you see.” Liner is a must; use a pencil that is close to your lip color. “Go slightly over your natural lip line with your pencil,” Longo explains. “When you get to the Cupid’s bow and the corners, come back into your natural contour. Then fill in the rest with the same pencil.” When choosing lipstick, opt for a little pearlescence, says Longo. Try Gucci’s Audacious line ($39 each). More mature lips should stay away from dark hues. “They make you look severe and emphasize the small shape,” warns Ahnert. No matter which shade you choose, dabbing clear gloss on the center of your lips will reflect light and make your mouth look fuller and poutier in no time. Easy! Mwah.

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.
Reposted from: Harpers Bazaar