What Are Thin Lips?

The fullness or thinness of your lips depends on your genetics.
The fullness or thinness of your lips depends on your genetics. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Thin lips are simply lips that aren’t full and plump. Actress and activist Angelina Jolie is an example of someone who has very plump lips. Most people don’t have such well-endowed lips, nor does everyone aspire to that. There is nothing objectionable about thin lips.

Creating the Illusion

If you prefer that your lips were fuller, you can create the illusion by using lip liner, which you use on the outside of your natural lip. The lip liner is applied just a bit beyond your lip area. After you have lined your lips, apply your regular lipstick. This technique makes your lips look a bit fuller.

Another Technique

Another technique involves applying a touch of white eyeshadow on the center of both your upper and lower lips after you have applied lipstick. Now gently spread the white powder over your lips. This, too, will give the impression of bigger lips, according to Sofeminine.co.


Note that when you use dark-colored lipstick, this tends to make your thin lips look even smaller, so avoid dark shades. If your lower lip is thinner than your upper lip or vice versa, you need to create an impression of balance. Outline only the thinner lip and not the bigger lip.


Thin lips can be luscious lips, there just isn’t as much lusciousness as there is on bigger lips. Applying gloss over your regular lipstick makes your lips shimmer and shine. If you want the emphasis on your lips, accentuate them rather than your eyes.


Many view thick, plump, full lips as a sign of sex appeal, youth and fertility. You can achieve this via lip plumping, which is done by injecting collagen into your lips. However, this is a painful procedure and invasive, and sometimes the results are less than desirable. You may opt instead for topical lip plumpers that are applied directly to your lips. This isn’t evasive or permanent, although the topical ointment may sting some.

Sun Damage

Too much sun exposure can damage your lips, whether they are thin or full. Use lipstick that has sunscreen in it. Even then, the elastin and collagen, which are the proteins in your skin that make it resilient and smooth, break down over the years and your lips can lose their firmness and structure. Aging affects your lips as well as other parts of your body. Lips gradually get thinner and lose their rosy color.

Face Reading

If you believe in face reading, thin lips mean you are selective and opt for quality over quantity any day. You tend to go to the extreme, yet you like for things to be done properly. Thin-lipped people are subtle, sophisticated and measured, according to Planetbuzo.com.

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