There’s a reason why full, voluptuous lips are considered attractive and why products claiming to plump yours up are so popular. And no, it’s not because some savvy businessmen and women were looking for a new way to turn a dime (although we’re sure that came into play somewhere). Rather, full lips are actually evolutionarily adaptive, Darwin-style.
A sign of reproductive vitality (ever notice how lips, like hair, tend to get thinner with age?), full luscious lips infer emotion, passion and fertility. Not all of us, though, are blessed with an Angelina Jolie-like pout at birth. (Tragic, we know.) But, thankfully, there are a few things we can do to mimic the look. So, we turned to Dr. Robert Gordon (AKA Dr. Lips) for help.
As the first doctor in the world to classify lips into six signature styles, Dr. Gordon knows a thing or two about what women are looking for in a perfect pout. While there are six styles in his classification system – Classic, Rubina, Cupid, Pearlique, Hollywood and Angelic – it’s really no wonder (well, for the Angelina fans our there anyway,) that the most sought after shape is the Angelic.
With a fuller upper lip and pronounced cupid’s bow, it’s, well, angelic. Rather than undergoing lip augmentation, though, there are some pain-free things you can do to help perk up your pucker:
To give your lips a more pronounced cupid’s bow, use your finger or a small lip brush to apply a luminizing product (like Stila’s All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer, $22) to the outer most edge of your lip’s cupid’s bow, directly in the “V” shape. This will define and draw attention to the area.
To make your upper lip look larger, use a lip liner that matches your natural lip color to subtly line your upper lip. Then, after you’ve applied your desired lip color, apply gloss (or even a dab of your same luminizing product) to the middle of your upper lip to help draw the attention there.