Hey guys! How are we all doing? Now, I want to do a little disclaimer before this post that I’m not saying that you have to have big lips or anything like that. I just personally have very thin lips and I like to make them look a little bigger using makeup and different tips and tricks so I thought I would share how! Don’t worry – there isn’t going to be any Kylie Jenner lip challenge in here. This is a Kylie Jenner challenge free zone.
Let’s get down to it!
1. Prepare your lips.
Now, I would approach this step with caution. If any part of your lips begins to hurt or tear – you should probably skip this step! After you’ve finished brushing your teeth in the morning, run the brush gently over your lips. This will get rid of any dead skin on your lips and will also plump them up. This will only last for a little while but it will be a good base for the rest of the tips.
2. Moisturise your lips.
One goal that I had for this year was to take better care of my skin and my lips. I have very sensitive skin and I think this also somehow spreads onto my lips as they are intolerable during winter with their cracks and their peeling. So, it’s of vital importance that you look after your lips! My personal favourite lip balm is the Dr PawPaw balm* – it’s not just intended for lips but it is amazing. Prep your lips with this before you begin any of your makeup so that it will have sunk in by the time you’re ready to apply your makeup. Another new discovery is what’s in the picture below which is the Next tinted lip balm in Ruby Slippers. I apply this first and then wipe it off to get rid of the tint.
3. Overline your lips.
This is quite an obvious one but one that needs a lot of practice if you’re going to pull it off effectively. I personally think it’s best to follow the line of your lips as much as you can but just amplify it. Even though I’ve seen some people say that you should only do this with nude colours, I personally think that it looks good with dark colours as well. You’ve just got to ensure that you’ve got a steady hand and also that you clean up any mistake you may make. My favourite lipliners of all time are Rimmel’s 1000 Kisses*.
4. Apply a plumping lipgloss.
This really seals the deal. There are varying degrees of plumping lipglosses – there’s the Too Faced Lip Injection which claims to make a substantial difference and then there’s ones like Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss* which creates a more subtle look. Any lipgloss (plumping or not) will make your lips look bigger because they reflect the light. But these ones have ingredients within them that often make your lip tingle and create a temporary plumping effect. Approach with caution – even though they do make you have tingly lips, if it starts to hurt at all then rub it off straight away.
5. Contour your lips.
This is a technique I learned recently from a friend on the Facebook Beauty & Banter group. I think it depends on what your lip shape is but my lower lip is already quite pouted so there’s a shadow beneath it. Take a contour shade that matches the shadows on your face and sweep it under your lip with a soft brush. This will help you to create the illusion that your lip is plumper and creating a deeper shadow. The one I use is Makeup Revolution’s Light and Shade palette.
So there you have it! Do you guys have any tips or tricks? Have you learned something new? Let me know in the comments below!
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