6 Ways To Line, Elevate & Plump Your Pout With Lip Liners



Whether lip liners are an everyday staple for you or bookmarked for special occasions, there’s no denying that they’re like magic wands for your lip game. Be it for adding fullness, definition, structure, or even just prepping your lipstick for long-lasting wear, you NEED these pout-enhancing champions. With a ton of techniques around, we’ve curated the ultimate list of easy hacks to come back to whenever you decide to experiment next.

1. TikTok’s Lightning Speed Liner Hack

Kudos to TikTok because Huda thinks this hack is genius… And we whole-heartedly agree.

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The deets: Press your lips together so you only see your taughtened outer lip line. Apply lip liner and liquid lipstick while your lips are still pressed together. Relax to reveal smudge-free, evenly-lined, and – might we add – gorg lips.

2. (Over)line Your Lips Like A Pro


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Master the art of lip lining by picking a lip liner that matches your natural lip shade, and your fave matte. If faking a fuller pout’s the motive, grab two shades – one slightly darker for lining the edges and a nude-for-you tone to fill in the rest of your lip.


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The deets: Trace the outer line of your bottom lip with your liner pencil, then round-out your Cupid’s bow for a luscious pout. Follow the natural lines of either side of your lips before applying your matte lipstick in the center. We like to go over the sides of our bottom lip with the darker shade to *really* bring the mattified look home.

3. The Bow And Arrow Lip Hack

If you’re new here (hi, welcome), we’ve got THE easiest technique to make your lips look ultra sexy ahead of V-day. Huda calls this her ‘Bow and arrow lip hack’ because it literally involves drawing one for the illusion of lifted, fuller lips.

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The deets: Use a cream contour on a fine-tipped brush to draw a ‘bow’ under the fullest part of your bottom lip and an ‘arrow’ above your Cupid’s bow. With your fave lip liner in hand, draw an arrowhead on the center of your lips: a line down the center of your top lip and a triangle on your lower lip. Seamlessly blend the cream contour out with a fluffy brush, then swipe your fave matte on top for a pouty finish.

4. Slay A 90s Brown Pout

We’re not getting over Megan Thee Stallion‘s shiny pouts any time soon, so we keep our transparent gloss tubes at arm’s length at all times. If you’re looking for a reason to hop on the 90s trend, here’s one: it’s so. Freaking. Easy.

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The deets: Use a lip liner in a deeper shade to trace the outer edges of your upper and lower lip, and top with your fave matte shade before adding intense shine with a clear gloss. If soft glam’s your vibe, use our Huda Beauty Diamond Balm, $25, for a subtle shimmer. For more 90s lip liner and gloss combos we love, check out this roundup.

5. Mark Your Cupid’s Bow With An ‘X’

Do you ever struggle lining your lips? This hack is super easy, all you have to do is draw an ‘X’ and you’ll have a beautifully pronounced Cupid’s bow. Supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley tried it with Huda and she loved the hack too. Watch this video to see them in action.

The deets: Yo Glow your lips or gently exfoliate before marking an ‘X’ on your Cupid’s bow. Trace the edges of your natural lip line and fill in using a flat brush for serious #BossBabe vibes.

Want to rock the classic red lip? Use our Lip Contour 2.0, $19, in shade Universal Red along with our new and improved vegan Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, in shade Miss America.

6. Mario Lip Flip Hack 

If you haven’t tried the ‘lip flip’ hack yet, allow us to spill the secrets on the technique Kim Kardashian’s MUA uses for her plump pouts. Celeb MUA Mario Dedivanovic creates the illusion of a lifted lip using just a nude-for-you liner and setting powder.

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The deets: Overline the center of your bottom lip and Cupid’s bow, but stay within your natural lip line toward the outer corners to create a fuller pout. Apply a matte lipstick to intensify the effect. If you know you’re going to be out all night, set with translucent powder for feather-free wear.

Check out how to choose the perfect lip liner for any lipstick.

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