How to Make Your Lips Look Pouty

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Full, pouty lips provide an attractive look.
Full, pouty lips provide an attractive look. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

If your lips are naturally thin and need extra fullness, you can create a pouty look that will flatter and complement the rest of your facial features. Many models and actresses have full, pouty lips whether they were born with them or have help from makeup artists. Pouty lips are glamorous, attractive and add extra appeal to any ensemble.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Olive oil
  • Sugar
  • Vaseline
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Lip balm
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip pencil
  • Lipstick

Exfoliate your lips. To combat flakiness and dryness, run a soft-bristled toothbrush under warm water and gently scrub the bristles against your lips. For added exfoliation, mix a teaspoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of sugar and rub it against your lips with a warm, damp washcloth. Rinse the sugar mixture off.

A toothbrush with soft bristles safely and gently exfoliates your lips.
A toothbrush with soft bristles safely and gently exfoliates your lips. (Image: Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Plump your lips. Mix together a teaspoon each of salt, Vaseline and cinnamon. Rub the mixture into your lips for 15 to 20 seconds, then leave it on your mouth for five minutes before rinsing. The cinnamon creates a tingling sensation and plumps your lips.

Moisturize. Apply a clear lip balm, thoroughly covering the top and bottom lip. Both oil-based or wax-based balms are useful. The balm should provide a light shininess rather than being thick or sloppy. Apply directly after exfoliating for best benefits.

Outline your lips. Use a nude lip pencil or one that matches your favorite lip gloss or lipstick to carefully trace the edge of the upper middle section of your lips. Focus on your "cupid's bow" area, right beneath your nose. Create the new line as close to your natural lip line as possible, subtly thickening the appearance. Do the same for the center of your bottom lip.

Focus on outlining only the center of your lips.
Focus on outlining only the center of your lips. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Color your lips. Once they're are lined, add a layer of clear lip balm. Kiss a tissue or the back of your hand to remove excess moisture. Add your lipstick or colored lip gloss over this layer. The extra layer of balm keeps your lips looking shiny and pouty. This is especially important for matte or dark-colored lipsticks that may dry out your lips or give them a smaller appearance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start a daily regime of applying a nurturing, moisturizing lip balm. This is especially important in extreme weather, such as icy winds or dry heat. Wearing lip balm with sunscreen protects against sun damage. Reapply your balm every few hours while outdoors. Before bed, apply a thick layer of balm to heal and nourish your lips overnight.
  • Cooler, lighter colors tend to make lips look bigger than darker colors. When choosing lipsticks and glosses, aim for light colors with a hint of sparkle and shine for the best pout.
  • When exfoliating your lips, maintain a firm but gentle motion. Scrubbing too hard or vigorously may damage your lips.

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