Full lips are certainly something to be desired, but not everyone is naturally given the volume in their pout to obtain this look on a daily basis. While we've definitely seen this trend all over Instagram (cue Kylie Jenner), it can certainly be intimidating at first when trying to pull this look off ourselves. Seeing as fillers and injectables are a path many choose to change the shape of their natural lips, these options aren't always available or affordable to all. Learning how to shape your lips and slightly over-draw with lipliner is key when wanting to give yourself more fullness without spending your money on expensive treatments.
Keep scrolling for a complete and easy (we promise) guide on how to overdraw your lips without it looking obvious—you'll be all the wiser and no one will be able to tell!
Assess Your Lip Shape
When wanting to overdraw your lip shape, this first step is essential. Since everyone has differently shaped lips, knowing what kind of lip shape you have and where you want to add fullness will help you immensely when deciding where to begin. For instance, if you want more volume in your upper lip versus your bottom, keep that in mind before starting to draw out your lines. You'll want to keep the focus on your upper lip more, but also have the bottom half of your lips look consistent. The more you become comfortable with your own lip shape, the easier this will become over time.
Choose Your Color
Whether you're wanting to do a nude lip or something more bold, having a lipliner and lipstick that match is essential when pulling this look off. When you first start practicing, you might want to choose a more neutral color until you get comfortable with drawing your shape. When it comes to the lipliner and lipstick, be sure the colors compliment each other and aren't too drastic. (For instance, you don't want an obvious difference in color between your lipliner and lipstick.) For this tutorial, I've chosen to use a pinkish nude tone.
Fill In The Outer Corners
When starting out, most people tend to focus on the cupid's bow when beginning to line their lips, but where most mistakes are made is when you try to extend that line outward to the corners. If you start by lining the outer corners first, you make less mistakes from the beginning with getting the shape right. As you can see here, I've applied liner to the outer corners of my mouth just above my natural lip line so it looks fuller but not too full. When you start by lightly drawing liner over the corners first, filling in the top and bottom part of the lips is much easier. This allows for a more natural looking contour.
Make an X at The Cupids Bow
After you've filled in the outer edges and corners, make the shape of an X at the cupids bow to ensure that the top portion of your lip on each side looks even. Extend the X down on each side—it doesn't need to be perfect at all. The shape of the X is what helps you make each side of your top lip more even when you continue the line downward, as you see here in the photo. This is a better way to create a fuller shape rather than starting to draw a line, then stopping, then continuing with the line again.
Fill in the Rest of Your Lips
This is a step most people don't think to do when using lipliner. Filling in the lips lightly with the liner you've chosen will ensure a natural finish and help keep the shape of your lips consistent so you can't detect obvious lip lines that might give away the fact you've overdrawn them. Lightly fill in the lips all the way through to ensure the color is even and that the shape lasts through the day.
Add Your Lipstick
When you're done with lipliner, fill in the lips with a lipstick that matches to give a complete finish and full coverage. Add lipgloss if you choose for a shiny finish, or keep it matte if that's your preference.
The End Result: Fuller Looking Lips
As you can see here, my lips look fuller but not in a way that screams "This was done with makeup."
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