This season, full lips—soft, sexy, and plush—are having a moment. Are yours lacking? Fear not. “A few makeup tricks will give you great results instantly,” promises Chanel makeup artist Angela Levin.
THE BEST MAKEUP TRICKS
Vincent Longo, a makeup artist and creative director of StyleBookings, suggests exfoliating lips (use your toothbrush) to provide a smooth surface. Avoid lip plumpers, however. “They tend to burn and only last an hour,” says Levin. Be sure to start with a good base. Longo is a fan of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm (USD23), while New York makeup artist Kimara Ahnert recommends using foundation: “It blurs the line between lips and skin, ensuring that the definition you create with colour is the only definition you see.”
Liner is a must; use a pencil that is close to your lip colour. “Go slightly over your natural lip line with your pencil,” Longo explains. “When you get to the Cupid’s bow and the corners, come back into your natural contour. Then fill in the rest with the same pencil.”
When choosing lipstick, opt for a little pearlescence, says Longo. Try Gucci’s Audacious line (USD39 each). More mature lips should stay away from dark hues. “They make you look severe and emphasize the small shape,” warns Ahnert. No matter which shade you choose, dabbing clear gloss on the center of your lips will reflect light and make your mouth look fuller and poutier in no time. Easy! Mwah.