While we’re fans of lips of all shapes and sizes, if you’re chasing a pillowy pout, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of non-surgical options to choose from. Whether it’s a foundation or a lip-plumping formula, these beauty secrets are all easily achievable to help live your best lip life yet.
Here are five ways to fake fuller lips:
Before putting on even a touch of makeup, indulge in a skin care-like lip mask that plumps with nourishing oils, collagen or nurturing ingredients such as vitamin E. For peak results, try an overnight version that settles into lips and smooths as you snooze. Try: Rodial Dragon’s Blood Lip Kit
Set the Foundation
Overdrawing lips is back in a big way. To master more natural-looking lip amplification, glide a medium-weight powdered foundation overtop lips and lip line to neutralize your canvas. This way, when you redraw a slightly larger lip, you won’t be competing with what nature gave you. Try: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Powder Makeup SPF 10
Perspective isn’t just for painters, though this hack will include brushes. To give flat lips more dimension, play with shadow and highlighter. Want a more fulsome bottom lip? Blend a dark, neutral shadow or bronzer directly below your lip line. To add more contrast, dab a liquid luminizer above your cupid’s bow. Try: Elizabeth Arden Fourever Bronze Bronzing Powder; Lancôme Click & Glow
Science to the Rescue
Lip-plumping glosses are a mainstay in the kits of pro makeup artists, celebrities and beauty YouTubers—because they work. Some of these products use natural ingredients such as cinnamon, menthol or wintergreen to increase the blood flow to create subtle swelling of the desirable kind. Others employ non-tingly microspheres to stimulate collagen and boost hydration. Either way, the end result is a (temporarily) fuller pout. Try: Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Instant Volume Booster Gloss; Fusion Beauty LipFusion Plump & Shine Lipstick
Make It Shine
More of a lipstick kind of gal? Swipe on your favourite lippie, then apply a dollop of powdered highlighter onto the centre of your upper and lower lips—the hint of glimmer picks up light and bounces it back, making your mouth appear fuller. Try: Smashbox Spotlight Powder
Pucker up! Sensational lips are now all yours.