How to Get Small Lips Without Surgery or a Lot of Makeup

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While most women would kill for a full-lipped pout, others dream of thinner lips. But often, the only way to achieve this is with the use of make-up or by having costly surgeries. Reducing the size of your lips is possible! This article will show you how to get small lips without surgery or lots of makeup.

Let’s look at how naturally to reduce the size of your lips by focusing on these three elements:

  1. Causes of swollen or puffy lips
  2. Alternative methods of upper-lip hair removal
  3. Tips and tricks to naturally reduce the size of your lips


How to Get Small Lips Without Surgery or Major Makeup

Applying make-up is a great way to hide imperfections, but it can take ages to do well! And even then, you might not get the result you want or expect.

Rather than dealing with the frustration of a hurried cover-up, treating the source of the problem is far easier and less time-consuming. 

There are a few different things that you can do to reduce the size of your lips naturally. 

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Summer heat can cause the skin to dry out, and so can the harsh UV rays of the sun. Keeping your skin and lips hydrated is essential. It’s no secret that most people only apply sunblock to the skin of their face, leaving the lips bare and exposed.

Apply a high-factor SPF to your lips and use a good-quality lip balm, coconut oil, or shea butter in your after-sun skincare routine. 

2. Winter can also wreak absolute havoc on your skin and lips

This is a good time to invest in a good exfoliating scrub that can be used on your face and lips to remove dead skin cells, reduce redness, and keep your skin looking healthy.

An exfoliating scrub also helps to remove any dirt that causes your lips to appear larger. 

An exfoliating scrub also helps to remove any dirt that causes your lips to appear larger. 

After exfoliating, apply a lip balm that contains an anti-oxidant to promote healing and protect your lips. Exfoliating can be done in winter and summer. 

3. Treat any cuts or injuries immediately

Follow the steps we lay out in the following section to reduce any swelling and bruises on the lips and upper lip area. 

4. Exercise those lips

While exercising your lips might sound bizarre, studies have shown that just a few minutes of lip exercises can naturally reduce the size of your lips.

One of the most effective ways of doing this is to place your forefinger between your lips and purse your lips. Do this for approximately 30 seconds and repeat. 

5. Skip the gloss

Lip gloss adds great shine to your lips but dries them out rather than keeping them hydrated. Lip gloss does not contain shea butter or most other moisturizing elements that lip balm does.

For some color, choose a tinted lip balm instead of lipstick for that extra bit of glam. 

Why Are My Lips Swollen?

Any number of things could possibly be causing the skin on your lips to appear puffy or swollen. Using a handheld, magnifying mirror, closely inspect your lips for any cuts, injuries, stray hairs, or whiteheads on the upper lip

Treat the affected area using our guide below.

If your lips are swollen, apply ice to the affected area and hold it there for a few minutes until the swelling has subsided. Arnica gel is also a great product to use for bruising and to help minimize swelling. 

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For cuts and injuries, wash the area with gentle soap and warm water and pat dry. Apply an antiseptic lotion or a dab of hydrogen peroxide to the injury to promote healing and prevent infection.

If you suspect that your lip may be infected and is not healing after using antiseptic cream or hydrogen peroxide, visit your doctor to rule out any underlying causes. 

For blackheads or pimples, use a comedone extractor or a pore vacuum to remove the blockage. Once you have removed the blockage, use a gentle exfoliator like a honey and sugar mixture to clean out the pores and rinse well with water gently.

You can choose to use a spot treatment cream or dab the spot with some toothpaste to dry it out. 

Stray hairs can be tweezed, lasered, or waxed off the upper lip. The method used to remove body hair depends on personal preference and pain tolerance. Waxing is efficient but can be painful.

Never shave your upper lip, as this only cuts the hair and does not remove it. 

Never shave your upper lip, as this only cuts the hair and does not remove it. 

Let’s take a closer look at the alternative methods to tweezing or waxing your lips. 

Alternative Methods of Lip Hair Removal

Those dark (or light) strands of hair on your upper lip are completely normal and are nothing to be embarrassed about. They can make your lips appear larger than they are and can be easily removed. 

While most people tweeze or wax their upper lip hair, there is a more permanent solution to hair removal in the form of Electrolysis and Laser Removal. 


Electrolysis is the use of small needles to penetrate the hair follicle and destroy the hair at the root. This prevents the hair from growing back and is a relatively easy procedure. It can, however, be painful and costly. 

Laser Removal

Just as electrolysis uses a needle to destroy the hair follicle at the root, laser removal uses a light beam to do the same. Laser removal can be painful but is considerably less so than waxing.

Laser removal therapy is expensive and often requires more than one session to rid the upper lip of hair completely. 


Cuts, injuries, upper lip hair, and dirt can all make your lips appear larger than they are.

While most turn to cosmetics or surgery to reduce the size of their lips, there are many ways to naturally reduce the size of your lips that will cost you next to nothing.

Exercise, proper care, and the right lip balm can make a world of difference to your lips and will save you a trip to the plastic surgeon.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).