Lip plumping is a big question for lots of trans women. Unfortunately, many of us were born with thinner lips that might not quite measure up to what we were hoping. To paraphrase Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Makeup…ah…uh…finds a way.”

You might have heard about the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. Well, put down the shot glass sucky. People have hurt themselves and made themselves look ridiculous by using bad hardware and not knowing how long they should do. What’s more, they don’t understand the makeup techniques that can be used to really step up lip plumping to the next level.

Lip Plumping Hardware

The horrors, the horrors I have seen. In the quest for beauty people will do really dumb things. Kylie says “suck on a shot glass” and they suck on a shot glass. And yeah, it will do the job if you do it correctly. But may I remind you, you are sucking on glass. If you need a refresher, glass breaks. And in a game of glass versus human, glass wins. I think the worst I’ve seen is someone using a votive candle jar. They looked like Jar Jar.

lip plumping tool

So get yourself a purpose built lip plumping device that is easy to use and causes less damage. One of these, that you see in the video below, is from Liptiful. However you can also look at tools like this set at Amazon.

Just remember, you are messing with your face so err on the side of caution.

And make sure to watch all the way through to see some of Kandee’s makeup techniques to smash it out.

lip plumping makeup

Oh, and what can go wrong if you don’t pay attention?

  • Kabira

    if you want to look convincing – this is way to dragish!

    • There are many women, cis and trans who prefer a bigger lip look. Are Denise Richards and Angelina Jolie drag queens? Are they not “convincing”? Everyone is entitled to their look.

      Only warning- there is no body shaming on this site. Zero.