In order to frown, one must use over twice the amount of muscles that are required to produce a smile. In this day and age, who has time to be using all those extra muscles!?
The lips are said to show signs of fertility, sensuality and sexuality in women. They are one of the most prominent features of the face and are often one of the first features people notice. Fact is, we carry much of our emotion in the expressions produced by our lips. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the lips are worth a million.
Going back thousands of years, women have been using pigments to enhance their natural lips. As mentioned, lips are said to reveal clues about sexuality and fertility. This may sound kind of far-fetched, but the theory behind this idea is that the more estrogen a woman produces, the larger her lips will be. Studies have also found that men typically find fuller lips more attractive on females. So, as if some sort of timeless game of attraction, women throughout the ages have applied cosmetics to their lips to reel in a prime catch (knowingly or not).
But the modern woman wears lip cosmetics for a variety of reasons. The main functions of lip products are to protect the lips, enhance, define, reshape and change the lip color. Some of the most common and popular cosmetics used today are lip balms, lipstick, liners, plumpers and gloss.
The lips are the easiest area on the face to touch up or refresh, but they are also one of the more neglected areas. Adding some color or shine is the perfect way to complete a makeup look and tie everything together. It can also be an effective way to create a polished look without adding any (or much) other makeup at all. Creating a bold lip will draw visual focus. This is perfect for those who wish to showcase their lips; also great for those wishing to draw attention away from other features (such as a prominent nose or small eyes).
Our lips are sensitive and delicate. Over time, elasticity and color are lost. As we mature, it is often necessary to add more pigment than required at younger ages. Protection and hydration is vital for everyone in any stage of life. Using a daily moisturizing product with SPF will help maintain and preserve collagen, which in turn keeps the lips looking fuller and more youthful.
Dress your lips for success, and remember: A Beautiful Smile is Always in Style!