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If you're like many women, you may be wondering how to make your lips look bigger. While some are naturally blessed with big lips (we know, it’s majorly jealousy-inducing), others have to embrace lip contouring to get the look. From social media influencers to Hollywood A-listers to everyday fashionistas, we’re seeing just how gorgeous an over-lined, contoured lip can look—if done correctly, that is. And when it’s done just right? You’re looking at a full-on shadow and light effect that adds dimension and definition for the perfect pillow-y pout. To make sure you’re in the know about how to beautifully accentuate your cupid’s bow and edges, we’ve put together this easy-to-follow lip contouring tutorial including lip liner, lipstick, lip gloss, highlighter, and concealer. Pucker up, buttercup!
Every artist needs their tools, and makeup is no exception. Before trying to contour your lips, make sure you have the right products and brushes at the ready. Here’s everything you’ll need.
Lip liner (a few shades darker than your natural lip tone)
Lipstick (a slightly lighter shade than your lip liner)
Don’t worry, we won’t make you wait any longer. Follow these six steps to contour your lips.
Step 1: Accentuate your cupid’s bow with lip liner. As with any makeup trend, it’s all about a strong foundation. And when it comes to the appearance of plump pouts, the cupid’s bow takes center stage. (Hint: Your cupid’s bow is the little dip where your top lip meets in the middle.) Even if you don’t have a super-strong cupid’s bow, you can fake it! All you have to do to rock this look is to work with what you’ve got by grabbing a lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner, in a shade slightly darker than your natural lip tone and draw an ‘X’ down the middle of your lips.
Step 2: Over-line your lips with lip liner. Using the same lip liner, outline your lips just outside of their natural shape, starting at the corners and meeting at your cupid’s bow in the middle. To add dimension, fill in the outer corners of your lips.
Step 3: Choose a nude lipstick. To create the illusion of shade and light, use a lip brush to fill in all the untouched areas of your lips with nude lipstick—check out the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude for a hue you’ll instantly fall in love with. Be sure to blend between shades for a natural-looking finish without any noticeable lines.
Step 4: Apply lip gloss on top. To give your lips a larger-than-life look, add a dab of clear, non-sticky lip gloss—like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss in Naturally Nude—to the center of your lips. You might think this is unnecessary or maybe you’re more of a matte girl, but trust us, this non-negotiable step is one of the best ways to accentuate the fullest part of your lips.
Step 5: Add some highlighter. Once your lips are good to go, you’ll want to lightly highlight your cupid’s bow to add a dimensional touch. All you have to do is grab a liquid highlighter and outline your cupid’s bow. Be sure to blend it in. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator for a subtle shimmer. Before you know it, you’ll have the soft, kissable, pillow-y pout of your dreams.
Step 6: And some concealer, too. To complete your lip look, use a small brush to apply a cream concealer in a shade slightly darker than your skin tone just below the bottom of your lip. This simple step will create the illusion of a fuller pucker that looks super-natural. Pick one of the shades from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, or mix a few together.
You know how to contour your lips, but what about your face? Of course, you’ll want the appearance of a sculpted cheeks and a slimmed-down nose to go along with your perfected pout, right? Head on over to our article, 8 Contouring Hacks That Can Help You Sculpt Your Face Easier, to find out how to contour the rest of your facial features.