If you’re on TikTok, you’ve probably noticed a new makeup trick emerging on your feed. Introducing “gym lips,” i.e. combining a neutral lip liner with a conditioning treatment for totally natural looking, full lips.
Still slightly traumatised from the Kylie Jenner lip challenge in 2015, and the supergluing your lip to your Cupid’s bow trend in 2019, I was sceptical to yet see another lip craze circling the internet. But, makeup artist and TikToker Kelli Anne Sewell, who appears to have started the gym lips trend, might actually be onto something with this one. The best part? It’s so easy, and involves no plumping, swelling or sticking – back away from the glue.
Taking to her TikTok, Kelli Anne stunned makeup enthusiasts with a tip they couldn’t believe they haven’t thought of before to master natural, fuller looking lips. The key is to find a lip liner that perfectly matches your natural lip colour. Then, over-line and fill in your lips before applying a lip treatment to the centre of your lips for a splash of hydration. Yes, really it’s that easy.
“[It] looks like you’re wearing no makeup and you just have plump, juicy lips, aka gym lips,” Kelli Anne told her followers. She continues to share that the best part of the hack is that all of the products needed are very easy to get your hands on (in fact, you probably have them in your makeup bag already).
Gym lips’ popularity has skyrocketed outside of just the TikTok strata, with many celebrities flaunting the simple, but effective, look. Kim Kardashian is no exception, sporting her gym lips in a recent Instagram post as she kayaks along the shore in a very tropical, exotic looking location (which is pretty good confirmation that Gym Lips can beat the heat).
The Love Island villa has also fallen victim to a gym lip, or two, or three… So, we can assume the Gym Lip is also kiss-proof, I suppose?
Those of us at home have also been sporting the versatile lip combo, TikToker Alexis Cantillo recreated the video, joining the #gymlipsclub and fellow fan Rosalie Rouge speaks for all of us when she says, “I love makeup tips and products that make you look like you tried harder than you actually did”.
That’s not to say you can’t amp the look up. TikToker Sophia Marren added a little bit of *spice* to the trend, deciding to finish the lip look with a dab of lip tint for a rosy finish.
With near-to-no room for failure, this is definitely one to give a go.