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BEAUTY: Plump up your; your pout; With new research telling us fuller lips are an instant turn-on for men, we find out which treatments and products really work in the seduction stakes. Pucker up, you sexy things!

Byline: Text by Debbie Hyams

Instant gratification

The latest crop of glosses and gunks claim to stimulate blood circulation, giving an instant bee-stung look. But will they really make your lips fuller?

Five of the best plumpers...

Transformulas Lip Volume, pounds 19.95 (0800-161 3166). Promises results in 30 days. 3/5 Bee-Stung Lips, from pounds 12 (020-7229 4904). Honey treatment plus gloss. 4/5

M loves... Maxi-Lips, pounds 9.95 (0870-300 0371). Claims a 40% increase in lip volume if used three times a day over 30 days. 5/5

Vit Vit Extra Volume Lips, pounds 14.95 (020-8554 3335).

Day and night moisture-boost treatments plus gloss. 3/5

Collection 2000 Plumping Lip Gloss, pounds 2.49 (0870-755 1055). A clear gloss - apply three times a day for 28 days. 2/5

Top pro lip tip

Make-up artist and No7 consultant Lisa Eldridge swears by daily lip conditioning with good old-fashioned Vaseline to prevent lips dehydrating.

Salon saviours

You happily go to a salon for an eyebrow shape or facial, so why not treat your lips to a little tlc? Treatments involve exfoliation and loading on plenty of moisture boosters - perfect pre-party!

M loves...: The Naked Kiss Lip Spa Kit, pounds 25 (0800-161 3166). A plump and polish for home use which is also available as a salon treatment.

Mouth makeovers

The recent bad press may be enough to put you off trying a permanent lip enhancer. But if you're tempted to go for something longer lasting than a plumping gloss, the less risky options are the temporary fillers. These range from injectable collagen, which lasts around four months, to Restylane, a natural form of collagen, which gives more natural results. It increases lip volume for three to nine months and dissolves over time.

But make sure you do plenty of research before committing yourself to any kind of surgery. Some treatments contain animal-derived ingredients while others may cause allergic reactions. Restylane treatment is available at Laser Aesthetics for pounds 225 (020-7935 3366) and Lasercare Clinics, from pounds 180 (0800-028 7222).
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2003
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