Homemade Lip Venom

By Wendy Rose Gould

Lip Venom is a growing sensation in the world of cosmetics. It's a form of lip gloss that works to enhance the lips by creating a fuller, redder and poutier lip. Throughout the process, the lips actually feel tingly, hence the word "venom." Although DuWop cosmetics coined the phrase "Lip Venom," there are plenty of other brands that have a similar effect. There is also an easy way to create your own homemade lip venom, or lip plumper, without spending lots of money in the cosmetic aisle.

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Make a Batch

Purchase a lip gloss in any shade or flavor that you can either squeeze out or smear into a container. Avoid lip glosses that roll on since it's hard to get the product out of the container without actually applying it to your lips. You can also substitute Vaseline for lip gloss. Place 2 tsp. of gloss into a reusable container. Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch a small amount of cayenne pepper. Drop the pepper into the container with your lip gloss. Stir the two ingredients together with a toothpick until the pepper is fully blended with the lip gloss. Apply the lip gloss to your lips and wait for that tingling sensation. You'll notice a poutier-looking lip in as little as 30 seconds.

One-Time Use

If you don't need to create a big batch of homemade lip venom, don't worry. It's easy to create this product for one-time use. To do so, apply the lip gloss or Vaseline to your lips as you normally would. Touch your finger to your lips to get them sticky and then dip the same finger into the cayenne pepper. Gently dab the center of your bottom lip with the cayenne pepper a few times. With another finger or a cosmetic brush, blend the two products together.


Some people find the tingling sensation caused by cayenne pepper (and the original Lip Venom) to be overwhelming. If you apply the product and it causes extreme discomfort, remove immediately. Use water to remove the product entirely. Note that the tingling sensation will start out small and will continue to grow for 15 to 20 minutes. After that, the sensation dissipates (though the lip remains full for much longer). If you have dry or chapped lips, it's best to avoid using this recipe to avoid painful stinging. Cayenne pepper, in general, is harmless and OK to consume.