How to Make Lips Look Fuller

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If you like the look of fuller lips but aren't interested in permanent or semi-permanent cosmetic procedures, a little makeup can do the trick. Whether your lips lack pigmentation or are naturally uneven — with one side looking bigger than the other or the top lip looking smaller than the bottom — you can use the following tips. These will help you achieve a fuller and more even lip look, while still looking believable.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Lip balm
  • Lip liner
  • Lipstick or tinted lip balm
  • Highlighter (optional)

Tip

  • If your lips are very thin and you want them to appear fuller, avoid dark lip colors and stick with subtle shades for a more natural look.

Step 1: Create a Smooth Base

When using makeup to make your lips look fuller, it is important to start with smooth, soft lips. Exfoliate your lips by gently rubbing them with a cotton swab and some lip balm (use a rich, conditioning one). Remove all dead skin (any loose, flaking skin) and then remove excess balm from lips with a clean cotton swab. Your lips should be soft but not greasy or slippery from the balm.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

Step 2: Fill In and Define Your Lips

Fill in your lips entirely with the lip liner. Cover any lack of pigmentation in your lips.

Tip

  • How to choose the right lip liner:

    Consistency: Look for a slightly creamy, but not overly soft lip pencil. It should be hard enough to draw a thin, precise line without smudging, but it should not tug your lips. Look for a waxy texture.

    Color: For a naturally fuller look, find a lip liner that matches your natural lip color or is just as close to it as possible.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

Begin defining your lip edges by slightly overdrawing them. For a natural, fuller look, go only right over your natural lip contour. Stretch your lips into a close-mouth smile to get better coverage. Make sure to get into the corners of your lips, where many people lack pigmentation.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

Step 3: Apply Lip Color

Apply a creamy lipstick or tinted lip balm in a color that matches or is very close to the lip liner color.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

Step 4: Highlight (Optional)

Dab a tiny amount of highlighter to your cupid's bow (the middle portion of your top lip) to create the optical illusion of extra volume.

(Image: Lilly Wallace)

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