Here's Exactly How Plumping Gloss Works

by Kali Borovic

Plumping glosses are nothing new, but thanks to celebrities like Kylie Jenner, they've started to make a strong comeback. The shiny lip treatment is perfect if you're looking to add a little bit of volume to your pout without going the semi-permanent route, and you might be surprised at the list of ingredients. How do lip plumping glosses work? There's a pretty simple reason that they make your mouth tingle.

There are tons of ways to fake fuller lips, but it doesn't get much easier than applying a gloss. With so many options on the market, trying your hand at this temporary trend costs way less than fillers and is completely safe for your lips. Before you get scared away by the tingling sensation, you should know that the process is actually pretty natural. According to Beautylish, the irritating sensation of plumping glosses is cause by natural ingredients like cinnamon and menthol. The irritation of the skin causes them to tingle, making your pucker a bit more pouty. Who knew that lip plumping ingredients were actually hiding in your own kitchen?

If you're anything like me, you might have assumed that nasty chemicals were the source of the instant burning, but it turns out to be anything but. Of course, applying too much too often is never healthy. "If you apply too much of these plumpers and use them too frequently they can potentially cause dryness and scaling," Dermatologist Paul M. Friedman told WebMD. So just be careful not to overdo it.

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There are tons of lip enhancing glosses on the market, but the top ones can add a natural plump to your pout without the hassle. These seven glosses will do just that while making sure you're not uncomfortable all day long. Because the less suffering in beauty, the better.

1. Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme, $37, Amazon

Don't let the word extreme fool you. This gloss makes your pout so much fuller without going over the top. Add an over-lined lip look to this product and you'll have yourself some temporary Jenner lips in no time.

2. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

Buxom Full-On Lip Polish, $32, Amazon

Beauty bloggers rave about the results of this minty-esque tingling gloss. It give the lips a nice, subtle swell and feels just like medicated lip balm when you apply it. Not to mention it comes in a ton of different shades!

3. Glamglow Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment

Glamglow Plumrageous Matte Lip Treatment, $28, Amazon

If you're looking for the plump without the color, then this is the product for you. You can use this on its own for natural-looking lips with no glossy finish or pile on some color overtop.

4. Physicians Formula Plump Potion

Physicians Formula Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail, $9, Amazon

Plumping on a budget has never been so easy. This is a lip enhancing gloss that you can pick up right at the drugstore and packs as much impact as the high end options.

5. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plum Lip Gloss, $13, Amazon

This clear gloss uses natural plant oils to get the perfect fullness to your lips. It's not buildable, but it will give you a nice, subtle pout if you're not looking for gloss.

6. NYX Cosmetics Pump It Up

NYX Cosmetics Pump It Up Lip Plumper, $5, Amazon

This drugstore find doesn't stop just at plumping. The formula contains a special peptide that actually firms lips and enhances collagen while you wear it.

7. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Lips

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Magic , $35, CharlotteTilbury

This product isn't just for getting plump lips, but it is a good side effect. The nourishing balms is made from Vitamin E and Propolis, which according to the site is a healing ingredients found in honeybees. Bonus points — it can also be used as a lip primer.

If you're afraid to go the filler route, these everyday lip enhancers will definitely do the trick.

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