While many of us covet full lips like, say, Scarlett Johansson‘s, it’s just not in the cards (unless we turn to fillers). Instead of going down the injection route, try these tips to help you fake bigger lips.
To give your lips a quick plump, use a damp toothbrush or dry washcloth to slough off dead skin and cells. This will boost your kisser temporarily and make your lips softer, too.
2. Line Right
Makeup artist Sonia Kashuk, founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty, suggests using liner to create the look of bigger lips. “Line lips with a color as close to your lipstick shade as possible to create the desired lip shape,” she says. “You can slightly overdraw for a fuller pout, just be sure to fill in the rest of the lips with the liner.”
3. Find Your Color
Stick with shades close in tone to your natural lips, Kashuk says. “Overdrawing is not the time to experiment with bold colors,” she warns.
4. Go Matte
According to Kashuk, matte formulas are better for creating the appearance of a fuller pout. But, if you’re addicted to the glossy stuff, make sure to concentrate the shine to just the center of your lips, she says.
5. Try a Gentle Treatment
While lip venoms can work to plump your pout, most of them are also rather uncomfortable on your skin. For a boosting treatment that won’t leave your lips stinging, try Kat Burki Glossy Lip Treatment ($28, katburki.com), which contains cinnamon and coconut essential oils that stimulate cell circulation for bigger, smooth lips. The product is applied via a cooling, ceramic rollerball that creates micro-circulation, leaving lips fuller.
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