Not only do these lip masks give you a great excuse to snap a selfie, but they also offer long-term beauty benefits.
You've heard of sheet masks, charcoal masks, eye masks, even masks for cracked feet. The latest selfie-ready masking trend promises to give you a smooth, moisturized pout. Lip masks have been popular among the A-list crowd lately, and some of our favorite celebrities have been embracing the trend. Kim Kardashian was spotted lip-masking on Snapchat, while Emma Stone's makeup artist shared a photo of the actress wearing one before the Golden Globes earlier this year. And this week, Ashley Graham posted an Instagram story of her wearing matching undereye and lip masks in preparation for her upcoming book tour.
According to Patricia Wexler, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, these A-listers may be on to something. When worn continuously, lip masks can help plump the skin, creating a softer appearance with fewer lines. Here, four of our favorite lip masks to try.
Sephora Collection Lip Mask
The combination of shea butter, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid is softening and moisturizing, says Dr. Wexler. Pop this patch on to boost hydration and reveal more youthful lips in a matter of minutes. Use two times a week, and you'll find yourself reaching for your lip balm less often.
Patchology FlashPatch Lip Gels
If you have five minutes, you have time to apply one of these cooling lip gels. This brand is popular among makeup artists, who use them on their clients before applying lipstick (especially matte formulas). The gel helps smooth lines, leaving lips primed and moisturized. Even better, the jar contains 24 gels, so you'll be well-stocked for awhile.
KNC Beauty All-Natural Collagen-Infused Lip Mask
If you're after fuller lips, try this all-natural mask. It taps rose flower oil, cherry extract, and collagen to deliver a plumper-looking pout. Apply for up to twenty minutes (you may feel a little tingling from the collagen) and you'll be ready to pucker up.