Let’s be real, there’s nothing sexier than a plump pout – just take a look at famous bombshells Angelina Jolie, Naomi Campbell, and Marilyn Monroe, they all have full AF lips. But just because we weren’t all blessed with a naturally voluptuous pout, doesn’t mean we can’t work our magic with makeup and a few quick DIYs to create the illusion of a fuller pout. You just need to know the right makeup tricks and hacks, and of course, we’re here to share all of them with you.
1. Prep your lips
The smoother, more hydrated your lips, the better your products will apply and look. Start by using an exfoliating scrub, and then follow with a hydrating lip balm. One of our fav hacks to exfoliate our lips is to use a toothbrush and sugar – all you need to do is wet the toothbrush slightly and dip it in sugar (we love coconut sugar), then brush your lips gently in circular motions. Wash off with warm water and follow with a hydrating lip balm, we like the Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $6.
Before your lip color, prime your lips with a concealer or foundation like the Huda Beauty #FauxFilter, to create a base layer. This will give your lipstick a more even finish and will allow the true color to show through, while also making it last longer. It’ll also act as a blank canvas if you want to overline your lips for added volume. You can even apply concealer around the edges of your lips after lipstick to neaten the lines and make your lips pop.
3. Contour your lips
Contouring is one of our all-time favorite makeup hacks, as you can easily manipulate the dimensions of any area of your body; so you could make your forehead look smaller, make your cheekbones pop, and of course, make your lips look bigger. By adding either a dusting of ashy colored contour or a creme contour underneath the center of your bottom lip and above the tops of your lips, you’ll create a subtle shadow – just make sure you blend, blend, blend! This added dimension will immediately make you lips look fuller.
4. Highlight your cupids bow
Highlighter isn’t just for your cheekbones – if you add a little shimmer to your Cupid’s bow, it will open up your lips, making them look more voluptuous. We normally opt for a champagne-toned highlighter as it’s the most natural match; either apply it with your finger along the Cupid’s bow or use a soft fluffy brush. If you’re feeling extra, you can even add a little to the center of your lower lip to make it appear fuller.
5. Overline your lips
One of the easiest ways to make your lips look bigger is to overline your lips – makeup artists do it all the time! But, you need to be careful not to overdo it, or you’ll run the risk of looking really unnatural. So firstly, you need to find a color that compliments your skin tone. Then begin outlining the lips and drawing just slightly over the natural line – it’s better to build the line gradually than do too much! Here’s our step-by-step guide to lining your lips like a pro.
Step 1 – PREP: Exfoliate your lips with a warm damp towel and sugar, then blot with a little lip balm.
Step 2 – PRIME: Add a touch of foundation all over your lips to create a blank canvas.
Step 3 – DEFINE: Draw an X at the Cupid’s bow, and outline the lips, being careful not to go too far outside your natural lip line. Make sure they’re even and symmetrical.
Step 4 – FILL: Connect your liner at the corners and fill the lips with liner, fading towards the center. Apply your matching lip shade, or a lip shade one shade lighter than your lip liner all over.
Step 5 – HIGHLIGHT: Using a lipstick in a paler shade, dab it onto the center of lips and blend out with your finger to create the illusion of a fuller pout.
6. Go nude
We can’t get enough of a nude lip; not only is it a great day-to-night option, it’ll give the illusion of fuller lips as darker shades can tend to flatten your lips. For even more volume, go or a nude gloss – the added shine will make your lips look plumper or dab a little gloss onto the center of your lips and slightly blend out.
7. Use a lip plumping balm
For an instant boost in volume, use a plumping lip gloss that contains ingredients that’ll naturally increase the size of your lips, like peptides, spearmint or collagen. The effect usually only lasts an hour – just enough time to take a slaying selfie! Our favorites are the Glamglow Plumprageous Matte Lip Treatment, $24, or the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Lip Enhancer, $14, which contains bee venom for visibly larger lips.
8. Make a DIY lip plumper:
1. Cinnamon Lip Plumper: Cinnamon naturally increases the blood flow, so by adding a drop of cinnamon oil to your fav lip gloss you can instantly create a plumping gloss.
2. Toothpaste lip plumping treatment: Probably the quickest DIY ever, and it’s so simple: cover your lips with a thick layer of toothpaste and leave it on for just 10 seconds! Wipe it away, et voila, a smooth, plump pout.
We hope you guys found this helpful!