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The Lip Essentials For A Pout Like Shu Qi's

The secret to fuller-looking lips.

When it comes to having a plump and kissable pout, you instantly think of Shu Qi. The actress was once voted sexiest lips in a survey by E!, even beating Angelina Jolie. How do you get such sexy bee-stung lips without looking unnatural or using fillers? Look for hyaluronic acid or moisturising proteins that smooth out lines, restore volume and repair the lip border for healthier-looking lips. Natural ingredients such as menthol, ginger and cinnamon have a tingly and swelling effect on lips. As for the magic touch? Always apply lip gloss — lips that reflect all that light and have some shine, will appear bigger.

 

1. Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion, $58
An anti-ageing treatment that boosts hydration, this lip treatment is formulated with a powerful combination of VoluMax Complex, marine algae and antioxidants that stimulate the production of proteins to reinvigorate lip definition, while caffeine aids in blood circulation so lips look more pink and healthy. 2. Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil, $25
Hate it when your lipstick feathers? Apply the Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil to fill in fine lines and hold lip colour in place. The creamy, long-lasting formula with jojoba oil glides on clear and can be used on and around the lips to moisturise before you apply lipstick. The multi-purpose product can even be used to clean up makeup mess-ups, such as smudged mascara, when you’re on the go. 3. Tarte Sting Zing Plumping Lip Serum, $37
If you’re a supporter of clean beauty and want a fuller pout, this vegan lip-plumping serum packed with marine plant extracts is a dream come true. The stinger tip allows for precise application to the center of lips — avoid going beyond your lip line. Apply more coats to get the plumping effect you desire, and the increased circulation enhances your natural lip colour so you can wear the serum on its own. 4. Starskin Dreamkiss™ Plumping & Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Lip Mask, $16 for 2
Before applying lipstick or lip gloss, it’s important to prep with smooth lips. Leave this coconut bio-cellulose lip mask on for 15 minutes. It adheres to your lips like a second skin to give it instant plumping and intense hydration for soft and kissable lips. 5. Glamglow Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment, $28
Hate that high-shine gloss effect? Then this is for you. Available in four natural shades, wear it alone or under your favourite colour. This two-in-one treatment with mint extract and hyaluronic acid plumps while nourishing lips. Having the perfect canvas means long-lasting wear without flakiness. 6. MAC Plenty of Pout Plumping Lipstick, $39
The invigorating ginger root complex with a cooling sensation gives you a bee-stung pout immediately, while the smooth and creamy colour coats on easily. Infused oils ensure long-term hydration to give you pillowy soft lips and the decent colour pigmentation means you won’t have to keep reapplying the lipstick. 7. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss, $50
The lip gloss that Bella Hadid owns, wears and looks fabulous in, do we need to say more? The new palette of seven colours is derived from the fresh shades of the iconic Lip Glow balm. With just the right amount of pigment, this gloss provides absolute comfort, shine and a volume-maximising effect and promises 24-hour hydrated lips. 8. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Lip Booster, $39
A hydra-plumping serum to revive thin and tired lips, the blend of loofah oil and hyaluronic-acid applied with a comfortable cushion applicator instantly makes lips feel moisturised and look fuller. Available in clear, nude and fuschia shades with a lightweight non-sticky texture, wear alone for naturally healthy-looking lips, or use as a hydra-plumping mask before applying lipstick.