'I tried Anne Hathaway's viral hair pin hack for plump lips. Here's what happened.'

Mamamia’s Tried and Tested series is your review of the latest to hit our desks in beauty, health and wellbeing. You won’t find any #sponsored content here, just honest, relatable and independent advice. This week, Mamamia's beauty editor tries Anne Hathaway's viral lip hack.

There are an awful lot of BS beauty hacks out there. I should know, because I've tried a lot of them. Whether that be slathering my face with hemorrhoid cream, nappy rash cream, lube or applying 10 layers of foundation — I've tried a lot of viral hacks in the name of beauty.

But while there are lots of terrible hacks out there, there's some good ones too. Some quick, easy, no-fuss little nuggets you can actually work into your everyday beauty routine. But while I've come across a few goodies from makeup artists and beauty content creators, little did I think I'd be trialling one from our friend Anne Hathaway.

Yes! A beauty hack from an Oscar winner!

Watch: Speaking of lip hacks, here's Leigh Campbell and her 'diamond lip' hack. Post continues below.

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Posting a now-viral video to TikTok, the actress let us all in on her go-to tips for fuller, lips — and no, it doesn't involve lip plumping gloss. Or fillers. Or lip liner. 


She uses a hair pin. Let me explain.

What is Anne Hathaway's hair pin hack?

While getting her hair done by stylist Adir Abergel for a new Shiseido campaign, Hathaway shared, "We get on the set, and I take a look at the monitor, and I noticed — I thought my upper lip looked a little, I don't know, just a little wilted."

And Anne, sweetie — wilted lips are just my normal lips. Pls continue.

As she goes on to share, she then asked Abergel for a hairpin. 

"I went in and I sort of stimulated my lip to try to get some blood flow back there to get some circulation. And everybody looked at me like I had three heads," she said. 

Demonstrating the hack, she uses the prongs of the hair pin and gently presses it against the edges of her upper lips for around 30 seconds.

"Safety disclaimer: You can overdo this. You can push too hard. It's meant to be a gentle, gentle thing that you don't do for longer than 30 seconds. Don't stab yourself," she said. 

"If you've drawn blood, you've gone too far."

Some VERY good advice.

Take a peek below:

@annehathaway The more you know 🌠 #liptok ♬ Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor

And you gotta admit, her lips do look full and juicy!

As any expert will tell you, this hack basically works by creating 'trauma' to the lips, resulting in increased blood flow and circulation to the skin, providing a temporary plumping effect.


How did you go with it?

Of course I tried it! As someone with lips the width of *actual* string, I've tried a bunch of lip hacks in the past in the attempt to nab plumper lips without injectables. I tried hyaluronic acid on lips, the oval lip hack and even the Kardashian's makeup artist's lip hack

See? I've been on this lip hack train for a while!

So, I grabbed myself a hair pin and gave it a whirl, pressing a hair pin against the edges of my upper lips for around 30 seconds.

Image: Supplied.


Here are my lips before and after trialling the hack:

Image: Before and after trialling the 'hair pin' hack.

Thoughts? Feelings??

While the results aren't out-of-this-world, my lips do look a little plumper? (I used it on the bottom too — unsure if this was... allowed. Don't come for me Anne!). If anything, they definitely have a bit more of a colour to them and look less dead, thanks to the boosted circulation.


The hack was easy, literally took 30 seconds and I love how I didn't have to buy anything new — most people will have a hair pin or bobby pin kicking around somewhere (I had to dig a little — but I found one!).

The verdict.

Okay, this hack obviously doesn't have the same impact as a lip plumper (there are plenty of good ones out there!) which has ingredients that makes it feel stingy on the lips and causes temporary swelling. It also definitely can't do what injectable fillers can do, but it can work for a nice short-term trick to bring a bit of colour to your lips.

It's a great little trick to make your lips look a little more alive and bring some colour back into them. I would obviously be cautious about doing it all the time or pressing too hard — this can obviously lead to infection and all that jazz, so — as with any of these DIY beauty tricks - just be careful!

All in all, I think this would be an easy way to temporarily improve the appearance of your lips. Plus, if Anne is doing it... 

Would you try AnneHathaway's lip plumping hack? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Feature image: TikTok/@annehathaway/Supplied.

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