You may think the whole plump lip phenomenon started with one lucky teenager–Kylie Jenner–but that’s just simply not true. Need we remind you of Angelina Jolie? Scarlett Johansson? Rihanna? Full lips have always been a good look. But if you don’t have money for fillers like Kylie (or if you can’t stomach the thought of needles on your pucker), don’t freak out–you can artificially plump your lips with a few simple tricks. Grab your mirror and lip liner, ladies–here’s how to make your lips look fuller right at home.
Fight those flakes. Dry lips? No way. Flakes reflect less light and therefore can actually make your lips look smaller which makes it super important to fight off any dryness prior to applying lip color. You can either use a sugar scrub or a toothbrush for getting rid of flakes, though I’m personally all about the Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic–a toothbrush-looking tool that scrubs the bejeezus out of your pout.
Get your mint on. Look for products that contain peppermint oil as one of the primary ingredients. The oil produces slight swelling as well as a light flush, perfect for a naturally plumper pout without reaching for the lip liner.
Highlighting goes a long way. Use a liquid highlighter at your cupid’s bow for a dewier, more youthful look. Also, using a highlighting pencil at the center of your lips will give the illusion of a fuller pout–just be sure to blend out any telltale lines with lipstick.
Color outside the lines. Using a nude lip liner, line outside the natural curve of your lips, not inside. By lining outside, you are re-defining the shape of your lips, therefore giving them a fuller appearance. It’s important to stick with a shade that’s close to your natural color (which doesn’t necessarily have to correlate with the lipstick color) because it’s harder to detect on the lips. A nude liner is more forgiving, too, so any mistakes are easy to fix.
Let foundation be your friend. Apply your favorite balm on your lips first, then cover lightly with your go-to foundation. Foundation will conceal the natural perimeter of your lips, which will make it easier to exaggerate their outline.
Wear red lipstick. Darker lip colors will actually make lips look thinner, while a bright red shade will give the illusion of bigger, fuller lips.
When in doubt, smile! Puckering and smiling act as facial exercises for the lips, therefore giving them a fuller appearance. You read that right: a kiss-worthy pout comes from, well, kissing!