Fancy fuller lips without risking painful and potentially disastrous injection of fillers? You might want to take a look at this – a small plastic contraption which is designed for instant but temporary enhancement.
When used properly, Fullips (patent pending – ‘proudly made in the USA’), is supposed to help you get that fuller, pouty look, and as a bonus, should also help lines around the lips become less noticeable.
For best results, you are supposed to wet your lips and the area around your mouth, as this should help provide better suction. The idea is to place the lip enhancer over your lips and suck in air gently. As you create an airtight seal, you can feel your lips being sucked into the enhancer, although there is a warning that you should not suck too hard as this can bruise your lips. After 15 to 30 seconds you should break the suction by using your finger under the edge of the enhancer. The whole process can be repeated (carefully) until you have achieved the desired effect.
With a bit of practice you will apparently be able to target specific parts of your lip area if you like. According to the instructions, you can even turn the enhancer sideways to focus on just the centre of your lips (apparently a neat trick if you are suffering from age-related thinning of the lips), or you could treat just the top lip to even out the shape of your mouth. Three different shapes of enhancer are available, or you can buy the complete set.
Once you are happy with your new look, you can apply lipstick and gloss as usual, plus maybe a touch more lip liner under your lower lip to increase the illusion of depth. The effect is temporary, obviously, but if you do it right it might last you through a special evening.
There is a warning that you should not use this product if you have had any medical procedure on your lips such as injection of fillers. In fact, you should probably steer well clear if you are suffering from any mouth related problem, although under normal circumstances, using this enhancer should not hurt.
I came across this in Bangkok and thought it might amuse at least one of my daughters, but had to try it out myself first. And it really feels odd to use, although I expect you could quickly get the hang of it with practice. To be honest, although I followed the instructions carefully, I could not see any difference afterwards. It was just pretty uncomfortable whilst I was doing it, then left my lips feeling slightly sore and bruised.
It would never have occurred to me to try changing my lips in any way, so this is not something I would consider adding to my arsenal of beauty products. But I am interested to hear the opinion of whichever daughter gets her hands on it first…