Lip injections are all the rage, but the treatments are a huge commitment. They’re expensive, they’re painful, and they require a lot of upkeep. If you don’t want to spend at least a thousand dollars a year and subject yourself to needles in your lips, nobody will blame you.
A proper lip care routine and a bit of clever makeup artistry can give you an inexpensive, painless, beautiful big pout. Here are some lip tips from the pros.
Caring For Your Lips
If you want your lips to look their very best, it’s going to require some extra care on your part. Water intake is key. If you’re dehydrated, your lips will look deflated and cracked. Make sure you’re chugging down eight glasses of water a day. It also wouldn’t hurt to supplement with collagen powder and skin conditioning minerals like vitamins A, C, and E.
Regularly exfoliate your lips with a sugar scrub to keep the surface smooth and free of dead skin. Scrubs can erase signs of chapped or dry lips by getting rid of the superficial layer of rough skin. With the rough skin gone, lip treatments are better able to penetrate the lips and produce noticeable results.
Using a lip treatment with nourishing oils and hyaluronic acid will provide your lips with the nutrients they need to look as full and plump as possible. When your lips are well cared for, they will naturally look and feel fantastic without much work.
Creating the Illusion with Liner
Overlining your lips correctly can quickly improve their appearance. You can artificially extend your lip line in a way that looks natural with the right technique. This requires a steady hand and a little bit of anatomical knowledge.
The area around your lips is called the vermillion border. This is where your lip skin transitions to the skin of your face. If you look closely, you might notice that the border is a slightly different color from the rest of your lips. This line is where you would ordinarily put your lip liner.
When overlining your lips, the border becomes a guideline. You want the bottom of your lip liner to touch the border, but not cover it. When you do this, you’re increasing a bit of width and color on all sides.
This may not seem like a lot, but considering that you’re adding to the entire circumference of your lips, you’ll realize how quickly it adds up.
Filling In Your Lips with Color
Dark colors tend to make shapes look smaller, and light colors tend to make them look bigger. A light lip color won’t provide enough contrast to draw attention to your lips, but a dark lip color might give away your little secret. The trick is to choose a light-medium shade that resembles your natural lip color, but slightly bolder.
Use a brush to precisely fill in your lips with this color, all the way up to and over your lip liner. The liner will hold the lipstick in place, preventing it from feathering out onto your skin. This step is important. If there’s too much of a contrast between the lipstick and the liner, your lips will look drawn on. You want to maintain the illusion!
Highlighting and Contouring Around Your Mouth
Bigger lips have higher highs and lower lows. A large bottom lift will appear heavier, casting a subtle shadow on the chin. This shadow is needed to create the illusion. Lightly control beneath the center of the bottom lift to give the appearance of a weightier pout.
Highlight the centers of your lips, where the pinnacle of your kiss would be, with a slightly lighter shade. This will make it appear as though your lips have enough projection at the center to catch the light.
Making your lips look fuller is a slightly more involved process than just tossing on some lip gloss and bolting out the door, but the results are well worth it. You may need to practice creating the illusion a few times before you devise a system that works for you.