Lips are a focal point on your face, so why not give them a little boost? One way you can do this is to give the illusion that they are more full, or plump, than they really are. No doubt you want to learn how to do this, so let's get to it!
First things first, let's talk about the parts of the lip so we're all on the same page. There are four parts that we'll be referencing in this article, and they are the cupid's bow, upper lip, lower lip, and lip line.
The first step is highlighting the cupid's bow. This is the little V in your upper lip. By adding a little highlight color, you give the illusion that the upper lip is more full than it actually is. There are a few different products I like to use for highlighting the cupid's bow: 1) a sheer, luminescent powder, 2) a matte powder that is at least two shades lighter than my foundation shade, 3) a light shimmer color of eye shadow, or 4) a liquid concealer that is at least two shades lighter than my foundation shade. It really just depends on what look I'm going for when I decide which product to use. Play around with what you have at home to see what you like best. You only need a little bit, and make sure you blend it so it looks natural.
After you've highlighted the cupid's bow, you may choose to highlight the left and right sides of the lower lip line. For this, I typically prefer to go with a matte look simply because the next step for the lower lip uses a matte shade. It's completely up to you, and again, play around with it to see what you like best. The photo below shows where to
apply your highlight color (before blending).
Lastly, you're going to add a little shadow under the center of your lower lip. If you have a contour shade already that you use on your face, perfect! Use that. If not, you can simply use a matte, brownish-gray eye shadow color to create this “full” effect. Take a look in the mirror at your lower lip, and notice how on the skin, just below the center of the lip, it curves a little. You may notice a slight shadow on your skin already. Here is where you'll want to dab a little of the shadow colored product. Blend it out to each side just a little bit, but don't go all the way across the lower lip. You don't want to cover up the highlight color you've already applied. This technique will make your lower lip look more full by casting a more noticeable shadow.
The end results of these two techniques will create a natural looking, full lip effect.
Want to see this technique in action? If yes, then watch my quick video where I show you exactly where to use it, how easy it is, and the difference it can make.
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