After seeing my two-millionth lip plumper ad on the Internet, the thought crossed my mind, "How do lip plumpers work?"
After investigating it a little, the second thought that crossed my mind was, "How can these things possibly be so expensive?"
Looking at the ingredients for one of the best-rated lip plumpers - called "Moon Venom" - there really isn't any mystery or magic here. The basic principle behind a lip plumper seems to be irritation. If you put mildly irritating or "stinging" things on your lips, there will be a little extra blood flow, which leads to redder, plumper lips. Moon Venom contains:
Ingredients of cinnamon, wintergreen, and ginger cause blood to rush to the surface of the lips, making them flush and swell
Clearly this is something that you can make yourself, and it lends itself to easy experimentation. Here are several recipes:
1) How to Make Your Own Lip Plumper - The active ingredients here are ginger and cayenne pepper.
2) Recipe to make your own lip plump product - The active ingredients here are ginger and cayenne pepper, but the base is different
3) Natural Lip Plumper Recipe - The active ingredient is Cinnamon.
4) How to Make Your Own Lip Plumper - The active ingredients are wintergreen, cinnamon, and menthol.
This isn't complicated. You can use one of these recipes, or try a trial-and-error approach to come up with your own.
If you want something longer-lasting, consider a collagen injection or some of the newer techniques. Here is a look at silicone injection: