Brows aren’t the only coveted facial feature these days. Nope, it turns out that lips are having a serious moment, too! Whether you’ve seen an overlined pillowy pout on Instagram, a movie screen, or plainly walking down the street, this look officially ranks off-the-charts in popularity—and it’s clear why! If you’re after a poutier plumper-looking pucker, read this! Below we share a few must-try makeup tips and tricks that can help you make your lips look bigger. Pucker up!
How to Make Your Lips Look Bigger
When it comes to your pout, go big or go home. Try these tips for pretty, voluminous-looking lips:
1. Prep your pout.
This is an especially important step during the winter, when the dry air can leave your lips chapped and flaky. But even if your lips don’t have cracks, creating a smooth base before you apply lip liner and lipstick is a good idea. One easy way to achieve this is by exfoliating your lips. (Exfoliating can help slough away dead skin cells that may have piled up on skin’s surface.)
2. Work that cupid’s bow. Scratching your head wondering what, exactly, your cupid’s bow is? It’s just a fancy name for the top dip in your lips, where each side meets in the middle forming an ‘M’ shape. Makes sense, right? If you don’t have a super-defined cupid’s bow, don’t worry at all—you can totally fake a selfie-worthy pout. All you have to do is grab a lip pencil to draw an ‘X’ on your top lip. The top segments of the ‘X’ should sit perfectly within the peaks of the ‘M’ of your cupid’s bow.
3. Overline and fill your lips.
Using a lip liner like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, line your lips slightly outside of the outermost edges. Now, you don’t want to go too big—you still want your lips to look natural. Once you line your lips, fill them in with your favorite lipstick for an opaque look. Typically, the darker your lips, the fuller they look. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lip Paints collection, available in 14 impactful shades. On the darker side, try Bewitching Bordeaux or Sultry Sangria. To use, fill in your lips using the pointed tip.
4. Clean those edges. To really make your lips pop, grab your favorite concealer to outline your lips. The same way concealer is the perfect finishing step for your eyebrows, it can also top off your lip look. With a simple outline, not only will your lips stand out more, but they’ll appear to have cleaner edges, too!
5. Add some gloss. As a finishing touch, grab a lip gloss like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss to really pump up the shine of your pout. Be sure to dab the gloss in the center of your lips to help accentuate the fullest part. Mwah!
How to Get Fuller-Looking Lips in One Step
Look, we get it. Sometimes, you just don’t have time to follow multiple steps—especially if you’ve got somewhere to be, like, 10 minutes ago. Luckily, it is possible to get plumper-looking lips in one step if you’re in a time crunch. Try a lip-plumping gloss like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 8 Hour Plumping Gloss. Available in eight shades ranging from brown to red, this gloss can help you to get that voluptuous look you crave.