While we're pro-injectables over here at Byrdie HQ, we also love a good home remedy that delivers professional results. There's absolutely zero shame in getting lip filler, just like there's nothing wrong with not wanting professional lip treatments. No matter which side of the line you sway on, there's no denying that there's nothing like a plump lip to finish off your beauty look. That's why we've tapped celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes to share her ultimate tutorial for creating the illusion of bigger, poutier lips with makeup. Ahead, watch Hughes's tutorial for fuller, looks-like-filler lips.
Get Fuller Lips with MUA Katie Jane Hughes
Meet the Expert
Katie Jane Hughes is a celebrity and editorial makeup artist with clients among the likes of Ashley Graham, Kerry Washington, Anna Kendrick, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and more.
Start By Buffing the Outline of Your Lips With Concealer
I know, I know, it sounds like concealer would cover your lips, consequently making them smaller. But this step is all about creating the perfect canvas for lipstick application, so stay with me. "This is my concealer brush, I'm going to take it and just buff what's left in there around the perimeter of my lips, almost to cancel my natural lip line," Hughes says. "Because I'm going to ignore that lip line today. I'm just dulling [the perimeter] down, I wouldn't do this with full, opaque concealer. I'm just doing it on the perimeter of the lip so I can really create my own new shape.
Then, Add Some Color
"I'm actually going to apply it with the bullet backwards," Hughes says. "So the reason why I do this is that it gives me visibility. With that bullet angled up toward my lip, that gives me this amazing amount of visibility on where I'm placing the tip of the lipstick. It's totally okay to overdraw with the tip of the lipstick."
Now It's Time to Line
In many tutorials, you'll see that makeup artists and beauty bloggers alike start by lining the lips first, then filling in with color second. Hughes prefers to do this conversely, noting that applying color first will help your lip liner glide more easily, which typically helps with more precise application. So starting with your bottom lip, use your lip pencil of choice to "contour and shade [the] lips to have a fuller kind of look," says Hughes. "I always want to do a little bit under the lower lip, and then shade the corners. But I want to leave [the middle] quite bright and fleshy. So essentially you're just creating shadows at the lip line and underneath.
"And then when you line the top, you kind of overshoot it a bit. We also do have two lip lines, which I'll explain more. One of them is the same color as our lips, and one of them is more like a halo, a little whiter kind of border. I think it's totally the best to go into that white border."
Blend It Out
Using a small, fluffy brush, you'll want to blend out the contour lines you created in step three (ever so slightly) to create a more natural effect. Hughes uses a patting motion along the line where the liner and lipstick meet to buff it out a bit, going back in with her lip liner if she over-blends.