Lips are an essential aspect of any makeup look. They can transform a subtle, natural look into a bold statement or add a touch of elegance to a dramatic look. Your lips have the power to change your entire face, and it's important to give them the attention they deserve when creating a makeup look. Many of us will opt for a simple swipe of lipstick to finish our makeup, however there is actually much more that one can do to enhance our lips using makeup. Whilst lipstick is a timeless beauty staple, it can be a challenge when it comes to correcting, balancing, and enhancing the shape of the lips. Luckily, using lipstick with other products like lip liner, gloss and highlighter can be your secret weapon to creating the ultimate pout in 4 simple steps...
How to Create the Perfect Pout in Just 4 Steps
Step 1: Lip Liner
Lip liner is the key to creating a well-defined lip shape. Start by choosing a lip liner that matches your lipstick shade or is a shade deeper for a subtle look, or a shade that corresponds with the lipstick you’ll be using. Outline your lips carefully, starting from the cupid's bow and working your way down to the corners of your mouth. Follow the natural shape of your lips, but if you have asymmetrical lips, you can use the lip liner to balance them out. For instance, if one side of your upper lip is thinner than the other, you can use the lip liner to correct the shape. If you are wanting to give the illusion of fuller lips, overline around the middle top and bottom of your lips but follow your natural line otherwise to keep things looking natural. An industry secret is to also fill in your lips using the liner first. Think of this as lipstick primer, it will ensure that your lip look lasts all day and night.
Step 2: Lipstick
Once you've defined your lips with lip liner, it's time to apply your lipstick. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and the occasion and matches your lip liner. Apply your lipstick within the lines of your lip liner, using a lip brush for precision. Start from the centre of your lips and work your way outwards.
Step 3: Highlighter
To add dimension and shine to your lips, apply a highlighter to the center of your lips and your cupids bow. A shimmery champagne highlighter stick works a treat. Apply it carefully to the centre of your lips, blending it outwards towards the edges. This will create a fuller, plumper effect, and give your lips an eye-catching shine.
Step 4: Gloss
Finally, to seal the deal and add extra shine, apply a coat of lip gloss to your lips. This will give your lips a luscious, glossy finish. Make sure to choose a non-sticky formula that will keep your lips hydrated and looking fresh throughout the day. This low-maintenance beauty product is the key to elevating your look and giving you fuller, more youthful looking lips.
Achieving the perfect pout may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it's easier than you think. By following the four steps of lip liner, lipstick, lip highlighter, and lip gloss, you can create the illusion of fuller, more balanced lips that enhance your natural beauty.