Long before somebody (read Kylie Jenner) decided that plumper was better, the world was already going gaga over Angelina Jolie for her juicy pout. Since time immemorial, full lips have been considered a sign of beauty and the makeup industry has milked this to create products that give the illusion of just that. So, if Priyanka Chopra’s luscious lips are giving you serious lip goals, then look no further. We’ve got the lowdown on how to create that delicious pucker with makeup hacks that are easy-to-do and light on the pocket too!
Here’s what you need to do to make your lips look bigger (no fillers or surgery needed):
1. Get Prepped
To begin with, moisturize your lips with a hydrating lip balm. Let the balm work its magic for at least five minutes before you move on to the next step. You’d be surprised by how much plumper your lips can look with just this step. Pro tip: Find a lip balm infused with Peppermint Oil which increases the flow of blood to your lips.
Gently exfoliate your lips with a wet toothbrush to get rid of any unwanted flakes and dry skin. Here’s why: the smoother your lips, the more light they can reflect making them look fuller and poutier (it’s Science 101, guys). That’s not all, this also boosts circulation making your lips look naturally rosy.
It’s important to ace your base on your lips too. Lightly pat on some lightweight foundation or concealer onto your lips spreading it just a tad over your lip line to fake a fuller lip. This step makes your lips a smooth canvas for your lipstick AND makes sure your full lip pout lasts through the day.
You know that little dip at the top of your lips? Meet Cupid’s bow AKA your new lip-plumping, pout-defining BFF. All it takes is a tiny dab of highlighter on the middle of your upper lip and your lips will instantly look fuller all thanks to the trick of light reflection.
We’ll let you in on a secret. Always use a lip liner. Overdraw your lip line with a lip liner that’s one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Why? ‘Coz this makes your final lip look richer, plumper and more realistic. Now, use the liner to fill in the space between the line you’ve drawn and your natural lip line. You can use the lip liner to fill in your lips or bring out the big guns - lipstick.
Maybe this is information overload but here’s something else you need to know: darker lip colors tend to flatten the appearance of your lips. If Kylie Jenner-esque pouty lips are your thing, you need to steer clear of darks and opt for nudes and pale pinks instead. Glossy lipstick will highlight the overdrawn lip line, and nobody wants that, so don’t forget to use a matte lipstick.
Remember those super shimmery lip glosses you used in your teens? It’s time to bring them back. The shine in these lip glosses (here comes another science lesson) makes your lips look plumper by catching natural light and reflecting it. Dab some clear gloss onto the middle of your lips and don’t be surprised if you turn one too many heads with that delicious pout.
Use a touch of concealer to line the outside of your lips and you won’t believe just how your lipstick (and your lips) will pop. You’re basically all set for that perfect pouting selfie. You can thank us later!