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8 Tricks to Instantly Plump Your Lips

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Full, supple lips is one of the biggest beauty trends nowadays, but in fact, this look has been coveted since the days of Marilyn Monroe. A plump pout is not only thought to be seductive, but it’s also one of the simplest ways to give yourself a naturally healthy appearance. When the skin on your lips look hydrated and healthy, it’s almost a given that you are working to ensure the rest of your skin and body feels the same way. So, how do you make your lips look plump?

One of the simplest ways is to use our Just Kissed Lip Plumpers. They contain certain peptides, such as Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, which have been shown to plump lips by increasing hydration and stimulating collagen synthesis. The peptides take time to work, but have been proven to show results with regular use and application, so your lips will appear smooth and full, naturally.

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How to Make Your Lips Look Plump with Makeup

If you’re looking for a more immediate way to make your lips look bigger, here are our best lip plumper makeup tips:

1) Exfoliate every day.

If your lips are dry, dehydrated and flaky they will not reflect light, making them appear dull. Exfoliate your lips every morning with a gentle lip scrub like the Sugar side of Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper. It’s not too harsh, but provides enough friction to remove any flakes from your lips. Not to mention, it tastes delicious! Exfoliating also helps increase circulation in your lip area, adding a flush of color and making your lips look bigger naturally.

2) Create a nude base.

If you plan to give your lip line some help, start by making your entire lip area nude. Apply concealer to the outline of your lips and blend it in toward the center, this way you are hiding your true lip line. Then, apply a little bit of powder on top of the concealer to set it. This trick creates a uniform canvas for your lip liner and helps to ensure your lip color will not move.

3) Stay close to your lip line.

Don’t veer too far from your natural lip line—Jane recommends lining just outside the vermilion border (the ridge of your lip line), but not onto the skin. To make your lips look plump, fill in the entire lip with the liner, as well.

4) Pass on dark lip liners.

To make your lips appear larger, line just slightly outside the lip line with a nude, pinky nude or neutral Lip Pencil. Dark lip pencils can create the illusion of smaller or slimmer lips and they can make your mouth appear flat, rather than full and voluminous. “Think about that favorite little black dress you have,” says Global Makeup Educator Hannah Hatcher. “Why do you love it so much? Because it is slimming! The same idea applies to your lip liner choices.”

5) Emphasize your bottom lip.

Add a hint of light to the center of the bottom lip to give your lips a pouty fullness. There are a lot of products you can use to get this look. Try adding a hint of lipstick in a lighter shade than your base color for an ombré effect. Dot a bit of lip gloss on your bottom lip to give it shine, or use our Quad Bronzers in Moonglow, Rose Dawn or Sunbeam and pat a small amount on the center of the bottom lip. Make sure to apply any powders after your lip color is on, but before you add any gloss.

6) Shine, shine, shine!

A little shimmer adds light reflection and fullness to your lips. So if want to boost your pout, grab a PureGloss Lip Gloss. You can wear it by itself or layer it on top of your favorite lip color for extra oomph.

7) Highlight your cupid’s bow and under the lower lip.

Use one of the lighter shades in our Quad Bronzers or even a White Eye Pencil to create the illusion of light on the high points of your mouth. Apply a small amount just above the cupid’s bow on the top lip, and a just below the lip line. Blend well with your fingertips so there are no obvious lines of demarcation.

8) Add a little shadow below your lip.

Some makeup artists use a water resistant light brown Eye Pencil to create a small shadow on your chin, underneath the center of your bottom lip, thus making the lips look plump. Be extremely careful doing this, too much and you will end up with a beard! Just a light flick of the wrist is enough to create this 3D effect.

We Want to Know

How do you make your lips look bigger and more supple? Share your tips with us in a comment below, or show us on Instagram by tagging #BeautyWithBrilliance, #TheSkincareMakeup and @janeiredale.

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Through navigating the world of perfectly imperfect waves, shoulder-grazing lobs, the art of the perfect messy bun or choosing the rights bangs for your face shape,  there is one hairstyle you can always count on to get you through a night out, the workday, or a workout…the humble ponytail.

Whether it’s a textured high ponytail, an elegant low ponytail, a stylish braided ponytail or a sleeker look to hide that third-day hair, it’s no wonder the ponytail has remained a staple hairstyle for all women.

But what happens when your ponytail just doesn’t have that lift, life, or length you’d like it to? A thin, limp ponytail just doesn’t have the same effect than a long, thick, bouncy one, does it?

That’s why we’ve put together this tutorial, to show you three different ways to get a longer, thicker ponytail instantly using hair extensions: a high ponytail, a textured ponytail, and a low ponytail. These styles are quick and easy to create, which make them a perfect choice to amp up an everyday ponytail. By strategically clipping in a few wefts, you can easily and quickly make your ponytail look longer without the need of an additional faux clip-in ponytail.

Watch the video below to learn how to get longer, thicker ponytails instantly, or scroll down for step-by-step instructions. In this video, Karin wears her 220g Dirty Blonde Luxy Hair extensions. In the tutorial below, Kassinka wears her Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions. 

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Ponytail 1: High ponytail with hair extensions 

Ponytails with hair extensions

You know how the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and you can never go wrong with a classic, perky high ponytail. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

Step 1

Start off with by separating a small ponytail at the crown of your head. This little ponytail will act as a secure base for clipping in your hair extensions.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 2

Take a 3 clip weft and start clipping it in around the ponytail. Be sure to clip it in as close to the hair elastic as possible, so that you will have space to clip in other wefts. The tighter you clip these wefts in around the hair elastic, the more comfortable and secure it will be.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Continue to clip the rest of the 2 clip and 3 clip wefts in the same way, around the little ponytail that you’ve created. You can also stack a bunch of wefts on top of each other, then wrap the whole mega weft around the ponytail if it is easier. For even more thickness, you can use 1 clip wefts and clip them onto the wefts that are already clipped into your hair. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Now, gather all the remainder of your hair into a high ponytail, covering the first ponytail fully. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie and smooth away any flyaways.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 5

To finish off the look and conceal any wefts that may be poking out, take a strand of hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail, fully hiding the hair elastic. Use a bobby pin it to secure the hair strand underneath the ponytail. 

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Ponytail 2: Messy ponytail with hair extensions 

Ponytails with hair extensions

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

This is probably our favorite way to wear hair extensions in a ponytail—the whole idea is to clip in the wefts in the same direction that your hair would go in naturally when put up in a ponytail, to avoid any lumps and bumps from the wefts.

Step 2

Separate some hair about halfway at the front of your head and clip in a 2 clip weft facing downward. If you want more volume in your ponytail or have shorter hair, you can stack two wefts and clip them in this section. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Separate another section of hair toward the crown of your head and flip upside down. Then, clip in a 4 clip weft upside down. This way, when you gather your hair into a high ponytail, the clips will not pull at your roots. Continue separating sections of hair and clipping the remaining 4 clip and 3 clip wefts in, until you are satisfied with the thickness of your hair.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Gather your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair elastic. Then, take out a few face-framing pieces at the front for a messier look.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 5

Tug your hair at the roots for added texture at the top, then backcomb sections of the ponytail using a Loop Hair Extensions Brush. For extra texture, scrunch the hair upwards with your hand before adding a bit of hairspray to set the look.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

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Ponytail 3: Low ponytail with hair extensions

Ponytails with hair extensions

For this hairstyle, you can either clip in a couple of 3 and 4 clip wefts or your full set of hair extensions for maximum length and thickness. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensionsGet Kassinka’s look with Seamless Platinum Blonde Luxy Hair extensions

Step 1

Since this ponytail sits lower on your head, clip in your wefts as you normally would. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 2

Everytime you clip in a weft, tease your hair at the roots for more volume.

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 3

Once you have clipped in your full set of hair extensions, pull all your hair into a low ponytail. We love a strong middle part with this ponytail style, however, feel free to part your hair whichever way you like it on you. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Step 4

Using a Loop Hair Extensions Brush, smoothen down any flyaways. If your hair is straight, add a few curls throughout the ponytail, then brush them out for a softer look. You can also leave your hair straight for a edgier feel. 

How to do a ponytail with hair extensions

Which ponytail is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!

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