PSA: These Plumping Lipsticks Actually Make Thin Lips Look Fuller

It seems like all anyone ever talks about when it comes to making lips look fuller is injections and fillers. While we're in full support of those procedures, we want to give you an arguably more economical and less permanent option. That's where the magic of makeup comes in. How can one use lipstick to make thin lips fuller?

"It's all about the prep, so make sure to apply a hydrating lip conditioner like Dr. Macrene's 37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment," says Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad's director of artistry. "Allow the product to sink in while doing the rest of your makeup, and then blot away the excess. Next, use the pointed tip of your lipstick to edge out your ideal lip shape, pushing the boundaries of the lips' edge for maximum fullness."

" One thing to remember is everyone has a fuller bottom lip—so you can sort of create the illusion of fuller looking lips but first completely saturating your bottom lip in the full color," says L'Oreal brand ambassador and celebrity makeup artist Sir John. "Then, take your bottom lip and press it into your top lip. Don’t be afraid to let it overlap the top lip just a little bit. That will give you a fuller appearance vs. looking so literal like you would do with a lip liner."

On top of creating that illusion, the shade you chose is also an important factor. Bartlett, Sir John, and other makeup artists agree that tones closest to your natural lip color are the best for making thin lips naturally appear fuller.

As for what shades of lipsticks to avoid if you want fuller-looking lips, most makeup artists agree to stay away from those rich, dark shades. "Dark shades can make lips look smaller if you don't respect the lip shape and apply color shyly,” says Bartlett.

We've rounded up a few nude shades that are perfect for plumping thin lips. Scroll down to see what they are.