Thanks to trends like "Instagram face" and celebrities like Kylie Jenner, plump lips are still the beauty look du jour. There's something about defined, magnified lips that manages to pull an entire look together. And while dangerous cupping tutorials and injection stories have certainly made the rounds on the internet, there's a 100 percent safe way to create the look up plump lips: With makeup.
It's easy to create the appearance of larger lips, you'll just need lip liner, a lip color, concealer, and highlight. The key to this look is contrast and definition, making dark areas darker and lighter areas even lighter, without compromising the sharp, clean lines that separate your lips from the rest of your skin. Don't worry, because it's way easier than it sounds. Ahead, celebrity makeup artist Matin shares a step-by-step tutorial to making your lips look bigger with makeup.
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Meet the Expert
Matin is a celebrity makeup artist and non-toxic beauty advocate, with clients among the likes of Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Awkwafina, and more.
Step One: Outline Your Lips With a Skin Tone Lip Liner
The first step is all about creating a crisp outline to frame your lips, using a smooth lip pencil. "Use a shade that's just deeper than the shade of your lips," Matin says. "I'm filling in the contours of the lips, not all the way around, coloring in the outsides by basically shading it. I'm leaving the inside almost clean." You may choose to slightly exceed the line where your lips meet your skin in order to create the appearance of larger lips.
Step Two: Fill in Your Lips With a Light Lip Color
Just like we accentuated the darker outline of the lips in step one, now we'll be accentuating the lighter center of the lips (where your top and bottom lips meet). "The lighter the color lipstick you use, the plumper the lip look. Darker lipsticks make your lips look smaller, while lighter lipsticks make them poutier." You can use a lip stain, lipstick, a lip tint, or a lip crayon for this step, whichever formula works best for you.
Step Three: Apply Lip Gloss to the Center of Your Lips
Focusing on the center line where top and bottom lips meet, apply a high-shine lip gloss (like this option from Chantecaille). Opt for a shade that's two or three shades lighter than the lip liner you chose. This contrast helps create the optical illusion of plump lips.
Step Four: Define Your Outer Lip Line With Concealer
"Just use a touch of [concealer] in the corner of the lips to really sharpen the corners," Matin says. Essentially, you're tracing outside of the line you created with lip liner in step one using concealer to create even more contrast and definition—the key to a 3-D, pouty lip. As a finishing touch, you can also add a dusting of highlight to the Cupid's bow.