Full lips never seem to go out of style. Even in the eighties, when full lips were not necessarily all the rage, we saw Hollywood beauties like Kim Basinger and Kelly LeBrock as the epitome of female beauty, and guess what, they both had those enviable "pillow lips" that women pay money to achieve in a doctor's office today.
But what if you were not born with pouty, full lips, and you feel like you were given the short end of the stick when it comes to this particular beauty asset? Sure, you could go to a plastic surgeon and have your lips injected with any number of available fillers like collagen, hyaluronic acid, restylene, and even a newer filler that is derived from cadaver tissue (ick).
There is also a newer option of permanent lip augmentation, where a small implant is put into the lips. This procedure is even further from being perfected than lip injectables, and often comes out looking very unnatural. Women complain the implants also do not feel "real", and there are also complaints that the implants feel "hard", by the patients, and by their partners.
However, these types of lip filling procedures really haven't been perfected yet, in my opinion, and many times what women come out with are what those in the beauty industry like to call "fish lips". Basically, too much collagen or too much of many other fillers on the market today will make the upper lip curve up, and look unnatural, created a look that's more like a clown, than feminine and delicate as is it's intended purpose.
We can all probably think of a few Hollywood women today who have had these lip augmentation procedures done and come out looking less than enviable. Not only that, it's usually obvious when a person has had lip injections or lip augmentation surgery, and it tends to take away from the natural symmetry and beauty of a woman's face, rather than add to it, which is the obvious goal.
So, what are your natural options to make your lips naturally fuller, without touching them with needles or scalpels? Well, thanks to modern day lip plumping technology, as well a few good old fashioned (and free) techniques, you can achieve fuller lips for little cost, and end up with something that looks natural, and fits your face much better. I've listed these techniques and tips below.
1) First of all, a great lip plumper is a must. I would not recommend those lip plumpers which contain harsh, drying ingredients like cinnamon, as my experience with these has only been temporary fullness, with dryness that inevitably follows. Hydration is key to keeping plump lips, so drying them out only defeats the purpose.
2) Drink lots of water to keep the skin and lips well hydrated. This keeps you internally hydrated. Ever notice how when you're dehydrated (thirsty), your lips tend to "shrivel"?
3) When applying your lip plumper, open your mouth as wide as you possibly can. This allows the plumping agents to get deep in the crevices and cracks and helps to fill out the lip tissue even more.
I especially like to use this technique at night when I apply a generous layers of lip plumping conditioner, so that I wake up with plumper lips. If you want, you can even use your hands to "stretch" your lips out wider, so you can get deeper penetration.
4) Lip pumps are available, but these are kind of an awkward device, although they do produce dramatic lip plumping for up to a few hours after use. Word to the wise on lip pumps : Do not get overzealous with them, as you will most assuredly end up with bruised lips or blood blisters.
5) Start out very slow with these if you choose to use one. The way they work is they draw fluid into the lips by actually forcing it into this localized area through a suction mechanism. Rumor has it, these nifty little devices are used on some photoshoots on models to create an instantly plumper pout.
Choosing men's dress shoes is not always an easy task to take complete. Most men do not give a lot of consideration to their footwear and when they do they rarely have any idea what to look for. When it comes to formal shoes, there are a variety of styles and levels of quality that affect a decision just as much as color and style. So how do you choose men's dress shoes? There are four things you should consider in the selection process.
First of all, you should consider the practicality of the shoes. Are they well made? Are they going to be comfortable throughout the day? To begin with, make sure you get a pair of shoes with good padding and a solid insole. The average person takes over 4,000 steps a day, which is right around 3 miles. With that information in mind, it is important to choose a dress shoe that is comfortable and offers good solid support for your feet. The emphasis there should really be on support. With good support you will end up with more comfort. The arch of your foot is a very sensitive body part. Your arches should be properly supported in order to have good overall comfort, as well as good foot health.
Secondly, consider the durability of the shoe. With a person taking so many steps per day, the wear on the shoes can be considerable if you wear them with any frequency. Look for a dress shoe with a good thick sole. In addition, strong stitching will help the rest of the shoe hold up against the wear and tear of each step you take. Look for something that will offer you good thick soles as well as tight stitching. The thick soles may actual do double duty for you since they can tend to absorb more of the shock of the day's walking by putting more material between your feet and the ground.
Once you have the practicalities of comfort and durability taken care of, you might want to look at the fashion side of the shoes. First, consider the color of the shoes. Color is important, because despite what most men think, dress shoes are not all the same. Black and brown are your two main men's dress shoe colors, and ideally you would have one pair in each of the colors. Brown shoes are needed to wear with khaki, blue, green, and other earth tones. On the other hand, you need the black shoes to go with black pants or white and cream colors. If you are only going to buy one pair of shoes, then you really have to look at your own wardrobe and see if it works best, overall, with brown, black, or some alternative color that is appropriate for your attire.
Another consideration in terms of fashion is the style of the men's dress shoe you are going to choose. There are a variety of levels of dressiness. You should consider where you are going to wear the shoes the most. Increasingly, our society is getting away from formal and leaning more toward casual. Casual dress shoes may actually be much more versatile for you than dressier men's shoes. If you find a comfortable shoe with a nice casual look, you can actually get them to look more formal with the right attire with them. Remember, these are your shoes, not everyone is going to pay as much attention to them as you will.
Choosing men's dress shoes is certainly not an easy task for most guys. You know you need to get dress shoes because of your job, because of a party, or simply because it completes your wardrobe more readily. Once you know you need them, you should start considering how to pick them out. There are a number of factors to consider in dress shoes for most, but there are four that are perhaps the most important. You should make sure that your shoes are durable so that they will last. They should be thick soled so that they are comfortable as well. You should make sure you get the right color or colors as well. Lastly, make sure the dress shoes you choose are the right style for what you need.
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