Tips! Tricks! Techniques!
Makeup Tips for Thinner Lips!
Wed, 14 November 2012 4:52PM
My lips aren’t very full so lipstick doesn’t look great on me. Are there any tricks that will make my lips look larger?
Why, we’re glad you asked, because there most certainly are!
The first thing to know is that you should always go for lighter shades of lippie, as these don’t make a thinner lip seem so obviously volume-challenged, not to mention rather severe. With this in mind, follow that old beauty rule about sticking to one statement feature, and play up your eyes over your lips, which will keep everyone’s attention up north – again making smaller lips a non-issue.
But that’s not to say you can’t work some makeup magic on your mouth. Who doesn’t want a pretty pair of lips, after all!
Take Kate Hudson, for instance, whose lips are on the smaller side of things, yet still look luscious:
As you can see, a splash of shimmer on a nude lipstick (especially when concentrated in the centre of the mouth) visually makes lips appear plumper. You can also take a little highlighter or shimmer and trace it along the cupid’s bow – as Kate seems to have done here – which will also make your pout seem to pop forward. (It’s the same as when you highlight just above your cheekbone, to make them seem to jut out all the more).
Another trick – although this is a proceed-with-caution one – is to start off with a nude-hued lip liner, and trace it just on the outer edge of the lipline. This then serves as the base for your lipstick and shimmer.
Finally, you could brave a lip plumper. I’m saying ‘brave’ because these little critters work by stimulating (read: irritating) the tissue of the lips with ingredients such as cinnamon and menthol, giving a temporary swelling effect. You’ll feel an effect that’s anywhere between tingling and stinging. Some work, some don’t. Personally, I’ve seen results from Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Extreme Plump, $24.95, Kit, which can be used on its own, or worn over lipstick.
Let’s hand it over to the other Primpers … does anyone else have any lip-boosting makeup tips to share?