To say Kylie Jenner started a lip revolution isn’t an exaggeration—it’s a fact. Sure, women were obsessing over fuller lips and getting injections before Jenner was even born, but it wasn’t until she rose to #plushpout fame that it became a full-blown cultural phenomenon (there’s a reason “Kylie Jenner” is now an acceptable adjective to describe someone’s lips). After the whole #KylieJennerLipChallenge fiasco involving what can only be described as a suction cup torture device, you’d think we had seen the end of all the surprising means to a (full-lipped) end—not the case. An editor at Cosmopolitan Australia just posted a story that documented yet another way you can achieve fuller lips—tattoos, obviously. Hold up, what?! Allow us to clarify—the tattoo only goes around the edge of your lips, much like permanent lip liner. The result? A fuller, more pillowy, Kylie-esque pout. Keep scrolling to see her before and after!
Some things you should know, though, before phoning up your friend with a burgeoning amateur tattoo career: Like with any tattoo, you should expect pain during and after the process—and yes, scabbing is involved. Also, it’s best to find someone who is specifically skilled at aesthetic tattooing (the Cosmo AU editor went to Amy Jean of Amy Jean Couture, who also happens to be a brow tattoo specialist). Lastly, the cost isn’t cheap—the initial application will set you back around $1000, and you should expect to go back for touch-ups every three to five years (which are cheaper but still will cost you a couple hundred). Lip injections, which are the other alternative, cost a couple hundred depending on where you go but require more-frequent touch-ups.
Injections, tattoos, suction devices… What’s next in the quest for a fuller (and subsequently more youthful) pout? Only time will tell—and we’ll wait warily in the meantime.
If you’re not quite ready to tattoo your lips, keep scrolling for some of our favorite plumping lip products!