How To: Make Your Lips Look Fuller

1.   Wear Light Colored Lipsticks

There’s no secret that wearing dark colors makes you look slimmer (hello my favorite black dress).  The same idea applies to makeup: when you wear dark colored lipsticks, it makes your lips look smaller.  Wear lighter colors, and they automatically look bigger.  Choosing the correct light shade of lipstick is tricky though- you don’t want something too light that can appear frosty or make you look ill.  Wearing a pale pink that has a satin finish (no frosty finishes!) is the most flattering.

My favorite ones are:

  • MAC Blankety
  • Makeup Geek Innocent
  • Revlon Nude Attitude

2.  Always wear lipgloss

This step is the easiest way to get fuller lips as lipgloss reflects light,  making the lips look super shiny and full.  For an added bonus, wear a lip plumping lipgloss like DuWop’s Lip Venom or Bare Escentuals Buxom Lipgloss.   Again, choose colors that are a bit lighter.

3.  Apply a touch of white eyeliner above and below the lips

This is my favorite trick as it makes your lips almost 3D effect.  Take a white eyeliner (if you have dark skin, choose a tan eyeliner) and apply a thin layer just above the cupid’s bow and below the lower lip;  blend in with your fingers so there’s no obvious white line.  The lightness around the lips gives the illusion of light and makes the lips pop more.

The one I used was Urban Decay’s Eyeliner in “Yeyo”

My Lips Before: (no, these aren’t the same picture- I swear! Not sure how the 2 pictures were taken 30 minutes apart yet look the same. Freaky! haha)

My Lips After:


Posted in Beginner Looks, Tutorials on (last modified: March 16, 2012)