I'm not going to lie. My obsession with the Kardashians transcends ages — I am obsessed with Kim's beauty regimen as much as I am motivated by Khloe's workouts and of course, I am constantly in awe of Kylie's lips. The Internet exploded when it was finally revealed, in a promo video for this week's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, that Kylie Jenner has lip injections — albeit the temporary kind.
After months of her insisting the fuller look was just the effect of really good makeup, and having heaps of people all over the world trying to copy her kissers with the help of shot glasses and sucking motions, she finally told the truth — and, as someone with naturally thin lips, I'm kinda relieved to hear it.
When I break out into a grin, my mouth almost swallows my upper lip. A combination of crooked front teeth and a vanishing upper lip, I'm constantly getting lipstick all over my pearly whites. Maybe my pout isn't excessively thin, but it's still something I'm hyper-aware of. When Kylie was insisting she only used makeup to create a fuller effect, I felt like I had no excuse not to be overlining to "correct" my pout.
While there is such a thing as too much cosmetic surgery, I have no qualms with people who go in for small tweaks. If you can afford it, and it makes you feel more confident, I say go for it. At the end of the day, it is your body. Is it appropriate to have it done at 17? That's something between Kylie, Bruce and Kris. It's not really our job as fans to judge their decision.
What Kylie's fans — and the world of women blessed with thin lips — are going to be pissed about is why she didn't come right out and say it. We've tried overlining our lips and mixing six different shades for similar plumpers and didn't come close. Having the reality star admit to getting temporary lip fillers is weirdly comforting.
Here's the thing: We often peer into celebrities lives because it's aspirational and often far, far different from our own... but everything needs to be taken in without your Hollywood goggles on. Kylie insists she "might have tip-toed around the truth, but didn't lie" about her lips, and that's likely the case for a lot of celebrities you look up to. When someone says that she walked down the red carpet wearing the first dress she tried on, she still probably spent two weeks with her stylist beforehand. If he says he has dropped weight by doing some light cardio, chances are he hires a personal trainer to wake him up and yell at him for two hours every morning.
So before you try devices to plump your lips, or a secret beauty trick that a celebrity divulges, remember that there's probably really more to the story. You're better off just learning to love what you've got.
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