9 Lip Tips And Hacks Everyone Should Know

Lips

To celebrate National Lipstick Day we’re rounding up some of our all-time favorite beauty hacks for the sexiest pout. Whether you’re a red lip lover or a lip contour addict, these hacks will help prime, set, and plump your lips. Sidenote: We’re doing an exclusive buy one get one free deal on ALL of our lip products RN, if you’re looking for a new formula!

1. Always Prep Your Lips

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Before you even begin to consider what lipstick to wear, you need to prep and prime your lips. To create a clean canvas for smooth application, exfoliate your lips using a gentle scrub. The Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub, $39, is our current go-to as it removes dead skin with ease without irritating the lips or leaving them feeling dry. However, we’d still recommend hydrating the lips post-scrub with a moisturizing lip balm like the Huda Beauty Silk Balm Hydra-Plumping Lip Balm, $21, $21 or our drugstore fave, the Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $5. Finally, blot your lips with a tissue to remove any excess formula before applying your chosen lip color.

2. For a Natural Yet Full Pout

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Right now, everyone is opting for a more natural makeup vibe. So, instead of a heavily overlined lip, use a lip liner in the same shade as your natural lip color (or one shade deeper), and trace the outer line to add definition and shape. Next, add a sexy shine with a clear gloss or reflective lip balm like our Huda Beauty Diamond Balm, $25 – the diamond pearls will make your lips look more voluptuous without looking overdone.

3. Create a Monochromatic Makeup Look

Monochromatic makeup (when you use the same color family for your eyes, lips, and cheeks) is proving to be the new “classic”  look. And for good reason – it instantly elevates your makeup game and allows you to create a polished, harmonious look.

The easiest way to create a monochromatic makeup look is by using the same product on your lips, cheeks, and eyes. For example, when creating a soft pink look – yet another major 2020 makeup trend – we use one of our Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipsticks, $25, from the Rose Collection. Start by dabbing the matte lipstick on the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards in a circular motion. Complete the monochromatic makeup look by applying the lipstick to your lips, et voila!

4. Save Dry Lips

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The next time your lips are feeling dry or rough, instead of reaching for a lip balm, get your DIY kit out. This all-natural lip-soothing treatment will instantly hydrate and soften the lips. Plus, it’s tastes delicious too.

Start by taking a large cotton pad and cutting it to the shape of your lips. In a small bowl, dice one large piece of pineapple and submerge the cotton pad into the pineapple mixture. Apply half a teaspoon of manuka honey directly onto your lips, and massage the lip in small circular motions. Next, place the soaked cotton pad on your lips for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and enjoy the softest lips of your life.

5. The New Contour

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If you want to fake a fuller pout, your secret weapon should be contour. However, as we’ve mentioned, we’re favoring a more natural contour RN, so these simplified steps will give natural-looking, plump lips.

Start by overlining your lips gradually, then draw a line in the center of the lip and two strokes on either side. Next, apply your matching lipstick of choice. Then, for a soft contour, use a lighter shade in the center of your lips and blend outwards with your fingers. If you don’t have a lighter shade, a cream eyeshadow can also work. Seal the look with a gloss or moisturizing lip balm, which again, will make your lips appear fuller. Focus the gloss at the center only for even more volume.

6. Use a Hydrating Lip Plumper to Prep Lips

Thanks to TikTok, lip plumping is back on trend. However, we’re staying clear of any irritating formulas and instead are reaching for the new Huda Beauty Silk Balm Hydra-Plumping Lip Balm, $21. The formula is enriched with licorice extract and gives a soft plumping effect without a burning sensation. Apply this to plump and hydrate while you do your makeup, then blot prior to lipstick application.

7. Never Forget to Highlight


It may sound basic, but strategically placed highlighter will make your lips look so full and juicy. Opt for a champagne-toned highlighter like the N.Y.M.P.H All Over Highlighting Powder, $55, then apply it along the Cupid’s bow using a soft fluffy brush. For a faux-plumping effect, add a little to the center of your lower lip to make it appear fuller.

8. Create a DIY Lipstick

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If you’re ever caught off guard without your favorite lip color but have eyeshadow and lip balm to hand, this TikTok hack will save the day. In fact, variations of this lipstick technique have been around for some time – celeb MUA Mario Dedivanovic reportedly uses it on his A-list clientele, including Kim K.

First, hydrate the lip using a nourishing lip balm – it should be clear otherwise it’ll affect the final color. Gently blot your lip balm with a tissue to remove any excess product. Your lips should feel moisturized but not wet. Next up, using a densely packed flat brush, pack a powdered eyeshadow of your choice onto the lip and blend the color. The more eyeshadow you apply, the longer it’ll stay, so don’t be afraid to layer up.

9. Set Your Lips with Powder

It’s no secret that we’re baking addicts, but did you know you can bake and set your lipstick with translucent powder too? It increases the staying power, which is super important RN considering we’re wearing protective masks whenever we leave the house.

Simply apply your lipstick, and then using a densely packed flat brush or makeup sponge, pack the translucent powder onto your lips, leave it to set for 3 to 5 minutes, then dust off the remaining powder. Once that’s complete, go in for one final layer of color by dabbing the lip with lipstick. You do soften the color of the lipstick slightly, but it works really well. We set our Cinco De Mayo Matte Power Bullet, $25, with Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder, $34, and it stayed in place, even after eating an apple – it transferred a little, but overall stayed intact.

For more bomb makeup tips, check out 14 eyeshadow tips that’ll boost your makeup game.