There’s been a huge rise in the num­ber of peo­ple get­ting lip fillers over the past five years, and it doesn’t seem to be slow­ing down. But do we need in­jecta­bles? Are they safe? What’s too much? Look’s beauty team de­bunk the myths and share their thoughts

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Chloe, Look’s Deputy Beauty Ed­i­tor, re­veals her ex­pe­ri­ence of lip fillers – and why they’re not nec­es­sar­ily for her:

‘I first got fillers two years ago. I have a thin top lip, and al­though I wasn’t al­ways in­se­cure about it, I didn’t love wear­ing lip­stick. My big­gest is­sue with try­ing fillers wasn’t whether they’d go wrong, or even if they’d hurt, it was how judge­men­tal peo­ple would be. I felt like I had to jus­tify my de­ci­sion to ev­ery­one and, look­ing back, that’s ridicu­lous. Af­ter a lot of re­search, I went to Dr Esho at The ESHO Clinic (who’s on Chan­nel 4’s Body Fix­ers) and I’d still rec­om­mend him, as he re­ally takes each pa­tient on a case-by-case ba­sis. Per­son­ally, I don’t think they suited me. As my lips are so thin, I’d need a lot of filler to make them Jolie-es­que, and the in be­tween size wasn’t for me. Plus, with reg­u­lar top-ups re­quired, it gets ex­pen­sive. Would I get them again? Hmm… I’d never say never.’

Anna, Look’s Dig­i­tal Writer, tells us why she’s stick­ing to gloss, not in­jec­tions:

‘I’m a big be­liever in “your body, your choice” so I’d never judge some­one who’d had fillers. But, that be­ing said, it’s not for me. It’s not be­cause I think I’ve got the best pout in the world – I’m ac­tu­ally more con­cerned that once I start tweak­ing my­self I’ll find it hard to stop. Like when you’re ter­ri­fied to try blonde bal­ayage and then, six months later, you’re plat­inum all over. I’m not 100 per cent con­fi­dent about my lips, but I’m not sat­is­fied with my teeth, bum or chin ei­ther. But if I change all of them, I won’t feel like me any more. Un­for­tu­nately, while I’m not Bella Ha­did, this is who I am. So, that’s how I’m stay­ing.’

Gabrielle, Look’s Beauty Writer, ex­plains how In­sta­gram mod­els have fu­elled her de­sire for a plumper-look­ing pout:

‘I don’t have thin lips by any means – but I won’t lie, be­ing faced with Insta-mod­els show­ing off their pil­lowy pouts 24 hours a day has made me dream of a fuller pout. I’m not af­ter the dreaded duck face, I just want that nat­u­ral-look­ing Hai­ley Bald­win full­ness. Yes, I’ve kind of mas­tered the look us­ing lip liner and tricksy make-up – but, I don’t al­ways want to wear make-up to get the look. I’ve looked into fillers, but the thought of nee­dles in my lips makes me feel funny. I’m still weigh­ing up the pros and cons.’

Ly­dia, Look’s Beauty Ed­i­tor, on how she prefers to em­brace her nat­u­ral pout:

‘I’ll be the first to ad­mit that my lips are nowhere near per­fect. My top line is blurred by freck­les, they’re al­ways dry, and they’re cer­tainly thin­ner than your av­er­age lips. So, I can ap­pre­ci­ate how lovely a plumped-up pout looks and the de­sire to have it – but do I feel pres­sure to get fillers? No way! I’m proud of what my mumma gave me, and I work with it. I em­pha­sise that blurred edge with stains and balms, and never shy away from ex­per­i­ment­ing with a bold shade. So, I urge you to leave your lips alone and learn to love what you’ve got. And if that isn’t enough to de­ter you, re­mem­ber Au­drey Hep­burn had thin, framed lips, and look how that worked out.’

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