Big, pouty lips are all the rage right now (thanks, Kylie Jenner!). But how can you achieve this beautiful, sultry look if you weren’t born with big lips? Here are five easy steps you can take to get a pouty look without surgery.
1. Go Mad for Mattes
To enhance your lip shape, you want to use the right kind of lip color. A light wash of color from a tinted lip balm won’t help you much here. Matte lipsticks give the illusion of fuller lips and are the best option to give you the perfect pout.
Before applying lip color, you’ll want to exfoliate your lips. Pick something with fine granules, like a sugar scrub or even a toothbrush. This will get any dead or flaky skin off of your lips to create a smooth canvas for your lip product. It will also improve blood flow to the area, making your lips look plump and healthy.
3. Contour with a Lip Pencil
Contouring isn’t just for cheekbones anymore! Give your lips a fuller look by contouring them with a lip pencil that’s a shade or two darker than your lip color. Even a slight overdrawing of the lips can have a dramatic effect on your lip shape. Just don’t forget to blend the lines to make it look natural and seamless.
4. Highlight with Gloss
If the matte look isn’t your thing, you can give your pout some pucker by applying a small bit of lip gloss to the center of your lips. This brings attention to the fullest parts of your mouth, making them appear even larger. Again, remember to blend this out at the edges to make sure it looks natural and polished.
5. Avoid Greasy Food
Once you’ve got your lip look perfected, you want it to stay that way all night. To help, avoid eating any greasy or oily food. The oils break down long-lasting lip colors, ruining all of your hard work. If you know you’ll be indulging on your night out, bring your products with you so you can touch up in the bathroom after your meal.
Not everyone was given perfect, Angelina Jolie lips, and not everyone wants to undergo a procedure to get them, either. Luckily, with the magic of makeup you can get kissable, pouty lips in no time.