We all want what we don’t already have. Have straight hair? You want to curl your hair. Curly hair? Sleek and straight is what you crave. Taller, shorter, bigger eyes, lips, you name it, we all wish our physical attributes were a little bit different than what we already have.
Ideally, we would all accept the body we already have, and work with it. My hair is (mostly) straight, I’m very fair and my skin does not tan, and I have slightly larger than normal eyes. I’m definitely ok with all of those things. I can do my hair quickly in the morning and know how to get curls to stick around all day long for times that I need a little variety. I’ve embraced my pale skin and now wear sunscreen constantly to avoid freckling.
However, I’m not quite ready to accept my thin lips. I’m always on the hunt for tips on how to make them appear fuller (I own about 5 different lip plumpers) and I thought I would share some of the best with you from the professionals …
Luckily with a few makeup tricks, you can play up your features and help them look bigger!
I've asked makeup artists for their favorite tips for plumping your lips. It turns out there are some easy optical illusions that take no time at all, but definitely help your lips look bigger. Click through to read them all ...
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Step 1: Preparation Is Key
Hydration will plump up the outer layers of your lip, making them appear fuller and helping your lip products apply more evenly. You'll need to allow a little time for the product to work, so apply it with your moisturizer and let it hydrate and plump your lips while you apply makeup. You can substitute a lip plumper for a lip balm for added oomph.
Try:Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 $7City Cosmetics City Lips Plumper in Clear $35Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme $28
Step 4: Choose Your Shade Carefully
Step 5: Bronzer Illusion
"Highlight and shadow are key to making lips look larger. Because your natural lips are rounded and not flat everyone has a natural shadow under their pouty lower lip. Be sure to dab a tiny bit on bronzer below your lower lip to add that shadow."- Haley Kulow
Try:Too Face Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer $30
Step 6: Highlight the Cupid's Bow
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