Our top tricks to plump up thin lips with make-up
Do you suffer from Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson envy? Thin lips can really be a downer and make people afraid to try new lip colours for fear they might make them look even smaller. But there are ways to create the illusion of fuller lips using some clever make-up tricks.
Here are two of our favourite techniques.
Quick and simple
This is perfect if you are in a rush or plan to add some colour to your lips. Before applying product to you lips, start by exfoliating them to make them nice and smooth. You can make your own exfoliator with a simple home recipe, mixing a tablespoon of honey with a tablespoon of course sugar. Rub it on your lips and leave it there for up to one minute then wash it off.
All you need to create this first lip plumping look is concealer, lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss.
1. Brush some liquid concealer onto your lips and let it set.
2. Draw around the lips with a brown or pink pencil – depending on your skin colour and tone.
3. Apply a lipstick that is a similar colour to your natural lips. Always use a lip brush to apply lipstick for a smoother, more perfected application.
4. Apply some clear lip gloss, such as petroleum jelly or pawpaw ointment over the top.
Have a play around with this technique and try adding some colour for different occasions. Don’t be afraid to go bold sometimes with the lips! Follow the same steps but if you want red lips, for example, use a dark red lip liner instead of pink or brown and a slightly lighter red lipstick.
Big and voluptuous
This technique is a little bit more involved but it really adds some sass and an illusion of beautiful, plump lips! To create this look, you need lip exfoliator, concealer, dark lip liner, lipstick and lip gloss. Again, start by exfoliating the lips…
1. Cover the lips with concealer and let it set.
2. Take a lip liner pencil in dark brown and draw around the lips, then contour the corners.
3. Draw a line up the middle of the bottom lip and a V-shape on the top lip.
4. Choose a lipstick colour similar to the pencil but slightly lighter and apply with a lip brush over the entire lips.
5. Finish with a clear lip gloss like petroleum jelly or pawpaw ointment.
These techniques are great, but like all make-up, it tends to fade throughout the night, especially if you’re eating or drinking. Nuriss has some great options, including dermal filler treatments to enhance the lips, and an extremely popular product, the Perfecting Lip Plumper, which stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid to create healthy, fuller looking lips.