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How to wear lippie and make your lips look fuller.

Tue, 11 January 2011 10:20AM

I have thin lips, is there any way I can pull off some bold colour?

Nothing says business and party like a pop of colour and you needn’t have been born with an Angelina Jolie pout to make it work.  You see the fullness of your lips has nothing to do with how great it looks instead, it’s how you apply the colour and what you wear it with that matters most.  And when it comes to picking a lipstick colour, our vote goes to fuchsia and berry-pink hues  for summer.

Camille Belle

Here’s how to rock out a lippie in every colour with confidence.

1. Line and define. The humble lip liner really doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. Not only does it keep lippie lasting longer, but it’s a pain free way to make lips look that little bit fuller in a flash. Trace along your natural lip line then, as you reach the cupids bow, take the liner slightly above the top of the natural lip line to exaggerate the bow.  Too easy. Try La Biosthetique Belavance Automatic Pencil For Lips With Brush, $33.

2. Highlight the bow: It’s the point that the eye is drawn to first, so it pays to show it some love. Blending a liquid highlighter (a silver or gold eyeshadow will also do the trick) on the top of the cupids bow, up to the base of the nose, is a clever way to bounce light off the skin which makes the lips look even fuller.  We love Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Shimmer, $45. Combine it with a hint of gloss on the centre of the top and bottom lip and before you know it, you’ll have strangers on the bus commenting on how pillow-y and plump your pout looks.

3. Keep it simple: A bold lippie is a powerful statement on its own, so let your lips do all the talking by keeping the rest of your makeup, like the eyes and cheeks clean and simple. Try a slick of liner, a coat of mascara and a hint of blush. Give Rimmel London Volume Flash The Max Bold curves Mascara, $15.50, a whirl.

4. Bold brows to match: Thick brows are not only youthful, but they balance out the rest of the face which is important in keeping the cheeks and lips looking defined and strong. Spend a few extra minutes every morning filling in your brows with a liner like  Estee Lauder Brow Shaping Pencil, $35, and you can virtually get away with wearing no eye makeup at all.

Now Nicole, all you need to do is pick your shade du jour and run with it.

Words: Eliza Ashe.

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  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Fri, 14 January 2011 03:12pm

    My mouth is an AWFUL shape. No way to lippie. I’m sorry but it’s not true that the fullness of your lips doesn’t matter.

  • Posted by: nicole // Sat, 15 January 2011 05:08pm

    thankyou!! the berry hues are so fab!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Mon, 17 January 2011 01:03pm

    i love the combination of bold eyebrows with a bright lip.. always so glamorous and gorgeous!

  • Posted by: Shaybear Devotee // Wed, 19 January 2011 02:04pm

    Excellent advice, love that image too. Gorgeous. :)

  • Posted by: Danni Master Fan // Sun, 23 January 2011 06:10pm

    I love the tip about keeping your cupid’s bow less defined, it really does make your lips look that little bit fuller.

  • Posted by: lolou Enthusiast // Sun, 23 January 2011 10:22pm

    Her eyebrows are to die for !

    I really like baby pink hues that pop with any outfit.

  • Posted by: IM2Q2NV Enthusiast // Fri, 28 January 2011 04:30pm

    Thanks for this, I’ll have to try it out for an evening out

  • Posted by: Tarshb Master Fan // Fri, 28 January 2011 11:50pm

    Great tips! Especially like the highlight tip, it really does make a huge but subtle difference.

  • Posted by: r34chick Devotee // Sat, 12 February 2011 12:00pm

    lippy really doesnt suit me at all :(

  • Posted by: BettyBoo Master Fan // Sat, 19 February 2011 07:33am

    I have thin lips so this post is perfect for me. :) Thanks for the awesome tips Eliza – I will be trying them out today!

  • Posted by: MissPaigeLauren Devotee // Thu, 7 April 2011 09:10am

    i cant wear lip linner, well im sure i ‘can’ but i know i ‘cant’ apply it, it alwasy looks BAD

  • Posted by: Amy-1302500248 Enthusiast // Thu, 5 May 2011 03:04pm

    I can’t wait to wear wine lipstick in the winter months! Obsessed still

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Fri, 10 June 2011 07:51pm

    i love the colour…
    i can never ever make my lip stick to last so most of the time i just ditch it coz otherwise i just have to reapply every 2 minutes.

  • Posted by: looksrdeceiving Master Fan // Fri, 30 September 2011 10:53pm

    love the lip colour :)

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 30 October 2011 10:09pm

    I love how she matches her lipstick and blush.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Wed, 21 March 2012 07:17pm

    I have to say, i really want camilla’s skin. But her eyes look a little scary with that lipstick,reminds me of a snake

  • Posted by: mwalker6293 Enthusiast // Sat, 19 January 2013 12:13pm

    I don’t have the thickest lips, they are quite average but on the thin side, especially the top lip.

    while I do think gloss makes lips look a bit fuller, it doesn’t work miracles. I find a combination of liner and gloss helps, as well as ensuring that the lips are always moisturised.

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Sun, 16 June 2013 01:12pm

    gloss helps!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Tue, 17 September 2013 03:03pm

    thanks for the great tips

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