Plump-looking lips look youthful and kissable but unless you have the right mix of genes, you aren’t born with them. I can’t tell you how many women plop down in my chair hoping for a lip makeover. (I’m a professional makeup artist.) Of course, increasing the actual volume of your lips is impossible but you can create the illusion of larger lips in just a few steps. Dress up those lips for a special occasion in just six steps. All you need are tools you probably already have in your makeup toolbox.
Cleanse and moisturize your lips. Before you can “re-design” your lips you’ll have to conceal your actual lip lines. You should begin by cleaning your lips with a lip scrub, rinse the scrub off gently, then apply a moisturizer.
Hide the natural lip line. After you clean and moisturize your face, pat your lips with foundation. The foundation should match your skin tones, not your natural lip color. I use a sponge to pat the lips lightly with the foundation. Allow the makeup to set for 60 seconds.
Outline the lips with neutral lip liner. Okay, here are the key steps. Pencil in the “v” shape in your lip bow. (That’s on your top lip, in the center.) Draw outside the natural lip line using neutral lip liner. After you’ve made the “v”, draw from the center of the lip out to the edge, drawing half a lip at a time. Then line the bottom lip starting in the center, drawing to the edge.
Color in the lips with the liner. Fill in the outline with the lip liner. Make short, feathery strokes on the lip. Basically, you are drawing on a “new” pair of lips.
Apply the lipstick. I spend a lot of time picking the right lipstick color. If you pick a color that is too dark, you’ll only shrink the look of your lips. (The opposite of what you want!) You’ve got to go light; even metallic shades can look great. Colors like light coral, pink, apricot or blush are ideal! Brush on the lipstick with a brush to get the lipstick on accurately.
Finish with shimmering lip gloss. Finish the lips with clear, shimmering gloss applied just to the center of your lips.
So there you have it! Get fuller lips in just six steps. You can make your lips look bigger, fuller just like a makeup pro!