5 Ways to Get Full Round Lips

Like people, lips come in all shapes and sizes. Thin lips, wide lips, pronounced Cupid’s bow lips — none is “better” than any other.

But that doesn’t stop us from comparing our lip shapes to our favorite celebrities’ — or our friends, our relatives, and random people we run into in our day-to-day.

These days, we seem to see one particular lip type everywhere: full round lips, also known as Goldilocks lips. People with full round lips have roughly equal-sized top and bottom lips, so their mouths (and facial features in general) seem regular and proportional.

It’s a nice look. If you have uneven or small lips, how do you get it?

5 Ways to Get Full Round Lips

Changing your lip shape always requires some work. Different types of lips require different types of work — some more challenging than others.

Fortunately, full round lips are easy to achieve. Here are five ways to do it.

1. Use Hyaluronic Acid Fillers to Add Volume

Of all the types of lip fillers, hyaluronic acid fillers (HA) are the most temporary and easy to reverse. 

For these reasons, they’re appropriate for people just beginning their lip enhancement journeys. If you’re not satisfied with your results, you can simply wait a few months or return to your provider for an injection of hyaluronidase, which counteracts the effects of hyaluronic acid.

For best results, work with a provider who has completed an accredited dermal filler training program. Based on your lip shape, they’ll inject volume-enhancing HA fillers into your top lip, bottom lip, or both — temporarily achieving that full round look.

2. Strategically Apply Lip Liner or Lipstick 

Not ready for lip fillers? Makeup can do wonders to conceal your natural lip line and create the appearance of fuller lips.

Use lip liner or lipstick to expand the thinner lip — your top lip if you have bottom heavy lips or your bottom lip if you have top heavy lips. Blend a lighter shade near the mouth into a darker shade farther out to create a seamless, natural appearance.

3. Exercise Your Lips (Really)

If you have thin or uneven lips, regularly exercise your jaw and mouth to strengthen your lip muscles and naturally enhance your lips’ volume. Look for low-impact lip yoga exercises that won’t leave your mouth feeling sore.

4. Get Collagen Stimulating Lip Injections

If you’re satisfied with the results of your HA lip filler injections and want something more durable, consider collagen-stimulating calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHa). This type of lip filler isn’t permanent, but it’s more durable than HA, typically lasting 18 months or longer.

As with HA fillers, work with a seasoned provider to develop a customized lip enhancement plan. You might require bottom lip injections, upper lip injections, or both.

5. Consider Permanent Lip Fillers (Lip Implants)

Ready for a long-term change to full round lips? Permanent lip fillers — also known as lip implants — deliver durable results without invasive surgery. 

But they’re more expensive than HA or CaHa fillers, more difficult to reverse, and may have higher complication risk. It’s important to know what you’re getting into and to work with a provider who specializes in this type of procedure.