I recently stumbled upon a product called Luscious Lips, which promised "full, pouty, more kissable lips."
I had seen similar products around Asian beauty stores and chuckled, but little did I know there was actual science behind it. Apparently, these little gadgets form a vacuum seal around your mouth, drawing fluid towards the lips, increasing circulation into the mouth area, making it appear fuller. (Does that count as science?)
The reviews said Luscious Lips was legit, but here's the most interesting tidbit I picked up: you can apparently achieve similar results with a shot glass.
The premise is simple: apply lip balm, then place the shot glass over your lips and suck.
I did it for 10- to 15-second intervals around five or six times. You have to be careful not to overdo it, or suck too hard or too long (uh huh, huh huh huh) or else you might get bruised. The things we do for beauty.
You can actually feel your lips plumping as you do this, which is nice, because I like proof.
You wanna know what happened afterwards, right?
There's no denying that it works, but you do get a ring around your mouth from the shot glass. The ring subsides in around 15 to 20 minutes.
Here's the catch: the results don't really last. The-plumped up effect goes down in around two hours, though you can definitely repeat. Unfortunately, it's not something you can pop to the bathroom to do, unless you want tell-tale signs of shot glass ring around your mouth when returning to the dinner table. That's where Luscious Lips probably prevails.
However, for some great, albeit brief, overall plumping, the shot glass may just be your new best friend.