The Elephant in the Room: The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge

Explorer Staff


The Banana/Sprite Challenge, the Cinnamon Challenge, the Ice Cube and Salt Challenge. What do all of these have in common? They’re tests of durability. Actual

scientific experiments to see how far the body can go. These challenges turn teen-agers into innovative masterminds. As if lighting your own skin on fire or trying to shove dry cinnamon down your throat didn’t prove your mettle enough, the intelligent, radiant reality T.V. star Kylie Jenner has inspired the scientific experiment--I mean challenge--of the year. 


   You’ll know it as the “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge.” This is for everyone out there who simply doesn’t think their lips are big enough. It’s the trick for “plumping that pout,” as Jenner claims. How to do it? Step one: find a shot glass. If you’re under the age of 21, any cylindrical object will do. Examples: Pringles can, Snapple bottle, vacuum nozzle… the more creative, the better. Step two: insert lips. Step three: Suck until you think your lips are as good as Jenner’s (just warning you… it’s never going to happen). Not to mention, the celebrity the challenge is famously based, does not even endorse this simple DIY lip-boosting method.


    This challenge has exploded through the media. The results have varied. From bruising around the lips, to needing stitches, to permanent lip deformation and pigmentation, this “experiment” has surpassed the Cinnamon Challenge’s one danger of dying on the spot. But hey, your lips will finally reach that state of plumpness you’ve always dreamed of (temporarily), and perfectly execute that famous “Mrs. Potato Head” look; not to mention, hickey-esque marks around your lips are on trend and will make heads turn.


    The lip challenge isn’t only for high school girls; it can be fun for all ages including middle schoolers and elementary children. Even boys are welcome to join in the fun! We’ve all been subjected to the countless vines and photos making their way through social media, spreading this challenge like wildfire. I mean, we have to entertain ourselves somehow, right? What better way to do so than through broadcasting our own pain and stupidity for the entire world to see and copy? I know I can’t think of anything. 


    The main intrigue of this challenge is the fact that it is so much cheaper than the typical lip procedures that most celebrities undergo to achieve that plump-tastic pout; anyone can do it! Jenner is a scientific innovator in the beauty world, and the bruising achieved is both easy on the wallet and the eyes. 



2015-05-19 10:39:54