Thursday, 16 July 2020

Plumper, younger looking lips without invasive treatments

ARK Skincare Plumping Lip Cream

Let me start this post by stating that, in my opinion, aging is a privilege. Every year I'm older I'm grateful for having been given another year of life. Aging is inevitable so instead of being miserable about it we need to embrace it. And by that I don't mean stop looking after yourself, exactly the opposite. Do I want to look and feel my best at any age? Of course! Nothing wrong with that. 

We are all prepared to see some wrinkles appearing on our face when we approach the 40s but one thing I wasn't expecting is how my lips would change. I was always happy with the shape of my lips and how defined they were but in the last 2-3 years, especially my upper lip, has changed, it's lost its volume and definition and some tiny vertical lines appeared on top of it. It's not something I would lose my sleep over but it started bothering me a bit when doing my makeup. 
I know there are many, more or less, invasive treatments like lip fillers, botox, to make your lips look better but if, like me, you're not interested in them for now, I have a product recommendation that might just help you a bit, plus some makeup tricks. 

ARK Skincare Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream*, £32 for 15ml 

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl, Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Macadamia Seed Oil, Allantoin, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide. 

Earlier this year I was sent some products from ARK Skincare to try, including this Plumping Lip Cream. I didn't think much of it, to be honest, but left it on my vanity and started using it regularly before doing my makeup. It's a very lightweight cream, not something I would personally use at night as my lips need thick balm overnight but it works really well to prep your lips for a lipstick as it's not greasy but it moisturizes and smoothes the skin. 

I never took a proper 'before' photo of my lips as I never thought I would see a change in my lips but one day I actually realized that my lips look a bit more voluminous again and the tiny lines above my upper lip have disappeared almost completely. 

The lip cream contains plumping peptides, macadamia oil and allantoin to nourish and protect the lips. A tiny bit goes a long way so the 15ml bottle with a pump will last for months, I still have mine even though I've been using it regularly for 3-4 months. 

Of course, there are plenty of lip balms/creams on the market, much cheaper, that will nourish and protect your lips but if you want to take the lip care up the level and actually help with the aging process of your lips then I recommend the ARK Skincare offering. 

What else can we do to make our lips look instantly better? 
Makeup, of course :)

Half of face with bare lips

Here's a picture of my bare lips, as you can see the upper lip line is not very defined and not symmetrical.   

Half of face with lip liner applied to lips

After applying my ARK Skincare Plumping Lip Cream to my lips, at the beginning of doing my makeup, by the time I'm ready to apply my lipstick my lips are soft and hydrated. Next step is a lip liner. I never used to use it apart from when wearing red lipstick, now I use it all the time. You want to use a lip liner that match your lipstick colour or your lips shade if you're going for more of a nude look. 
I used here one of my favourite lip liners, NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner in shade Soft Spoken, and very lightly outlined my lips making them look more symmetrical. 
Comparing the two above photos you can see a big difference in how my lips look just after using a lip liner. 

Half of face with lipstick and lip gloss applied to lips

Next I applied my lipstick of choice and topped it off with a bit of gloss, here I used Pixi Lip Icing in shade Sorbet. Long gone are days of me using only matte lipsticks, firstly, I don't like the drying effect of them on my lips, secondly, they just don't look flattering on my lips anymore. Glossy, juicy lips are the way to go when your lips have lost volume and definition. 
I know lip glosses aren't to everyone's taste, but even hydrating lipsticks with a bit of sheen will make a difference to how your lips look. If you find that your lips are getting thinner and less voluminous try swapping your lipstick to more hydrating, shiny formula nad just this small trick will make a difference. 

Obviously, this is just my way of making my lips look more defined and youthful. If you're happy with wearing matte lipsticks, if you're not bothered with your lips changing with age that is absolutely fine, You do YOU :) 

*PR sample/gifted product



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