Applying makeup is all about enhancing your natural features. From highlighting your cheekbones to giving your face a bronze glow, you’ll learn all about creating everything from a runway ready look to a beach-side style in cosmetology training. However, some argue that there’s one element of the face that doesn’t get enough credit for its potential: the lips. Rather than resorting to more intense procedures like lip augmentation, you can easily create full, plump lips with these simple makeup tips:
Just as you remove dead skin cells from the rest of your body, it’s important to prime your lips by brushing off those chapped flakes. Exfoliating can help increase circulation in your lips, enhancing their fullness and adding a rosy glow. Plus, makeup applied on uneven skin will result in a non-uniform look, so taking away dead skin cells is crucial. However, you need to treat your lips in a more gentle way than you would when exfoliating other less-sensitive areas.
First, apply a moisturizer to your lips. Then, wet a soft-bristle toothbrush and gently rub it against your lips for a few minutes. Once you’ve finished, wash away the dead skin and lip balm with warm water. Though you don’t have to complete this process immediately prior to applying makeup, make sure your lips are as smooth as possible before doing so.
2. Expand your base
Apply concealer or nude lip liner to both of your lips, covering the whole surface and extending it out just beyond your natural lip lines. This way, you get a slightly bigger base than you would otherwise. You can also do this with a lip liner that is the same color as the lipstick you plan to use. However, with the colored liner, you’ll only create the outer edge rather than filling in the lips. With either of these methods, be careful with how far you stretch this concept. Though you want to create an illusion of plumper, more full lips, you don’t want them to look unnatural.
3. Contour your lips
Just as you use highlighter and bronzer to narrow your face, you can apply the same concept to create full, voluptuous lips. Pick two colors that are only one shade away from each other, such as a red and a slightly darker red. Use the darker color on the entire surface, and apply the lighter shade right in the middle of both your upper and lower lips. The contrast of this kissable look will make your lips look instantly fuller.
4. Highlight the pouty parts
After you’ve applied lipstick, put a dab of lip gloss right in the center of both your bottom and top lips. These are naturally the fullest parts, and adding a bit of gloss will help them catch the light. The reflection will create the illusion that these parts are bigger and more pronounced than they really are.With the right makeup tools and tips, you can make your lips look fuller without more intense cosmetic procedures.