Something To Pout About – How Do I Fake Bigger Lips?
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Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK.…
In recent years, the trend for big, pouty lips has really come to the fore. With the prevalence of lip fillers on the high street and advertising through Instagram, it’s easier than ever to make a temporary change to your face. That is what we will be speaking about today. How to achieve a fuller pout, on a temporary basis outside of the scope of lip fillers. I have amazing recommendations in my arsenal to up your pout game – on a temporary basis of course.
Liners are key when choosing that slightly puffy look, and there are a ton that I love.
Lip Liners & Pencils
The Marc Jacobs Beauty Poutliner Longwear Lipliner Pencil in Oh Cocoa is a beautiful mid-brown with a fantastic gel-like formula that sets and stays. Similarly, the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk is an absolute classic and a great shade for anyone who had more of a pink-toned lip.
The Makeup For Ever Artist Color Pencils is perfect for those looking for a very specific shade, as the range is second to none. I’m also always going to have a soft spot for the MAC Lip Liners, with the shades Whirl (a deeper, cool-toned nude) and Spice (a warmer, lighter, ‘90s vibe), as they are among my faves. And for those looking for a bargain, you really can’t do better than the NYX Professional Slide On Lip Pencil in Nude Suede Shoes. It’s the greatest suits-all shade in a creamy but long-lasting formula that feels far more expensive than it is.
If you want a more casual look that gives a similar pout-boosting effect, I really enjoy a creamy colour smudged very slightly over your lip lines. The new Charlotte Tilbury Lip and Cheek Glow is a new discovery that I adore for this look – simply rub your finger in the product then tape it gently over the centre of your top and bottom lip for a juicy look.
Furthermore, I also love the Glossier Generation G Lipsticks for a more matte take, on this smudgy overline. The shade Like is a perfect mauve pink, while Leo is a deep, warm, brown-toned nude.
The right shade of lipstick can also do wonders for faking a fuller-looking pout. Two of my favourites are the Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Rose Femme and the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Suede Splash. The Milani is a subtly rosy pink that looks barely there but gives lips a bit of definition and depth. The Burt’s Bees is lighter and nuder but can be applied in a slightly blotted way to give a very natural yet distinctly enlarge look to the lips.
A good gloss can also take you far in terms of enlarging the look of lips. By drawing light to your pout, you can make it looks juicier and more plumped up. The best glosses out there are the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs. All the shades are brilliant, but the warm nude of Fenty Glow or the pale shimmery baby pink of Sweet Mouth is the best for giving a fuller look.
Highlighting the cupid’s bow is also essential to achieve a pouty look. My current favourite product for this look is the Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick, which looks almost blue in the tube, but applies to give the most beautifully reflective, wet-look glow. A slightly sweaty moustache is surprisingly flattering!
The final tip to keep your lips as full-looking as possible is to take care of them. Keep a stick balm (like the Superfluid Lip Balm) on you at all times to prevent lips from becoming dehydrated. The Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen Lip is actually a surprisingly effective under-lipstick treatment to smooth lines and give the appearance of a full, smooth lip. And for overnight, I love applying the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Volumizing Lip Treatment in a thick layer, giving it hours to sink in and give lips a little extra plumping.
Annie Walton Doyle is a writer based in Manchester, UK. She typically writes about beauty and other "personal aesthetics," with a healthy dose of both social commentary and stupidity. When not touching makeup, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature, and mysteries. Find her on Instagram @anniewaltondoyle.