If you’re someone with thin lips, wearing a bold lipstick might be an intimidating makeup goal. Rocking a bright red lippie has the ability to naturally draw more attention to your face, which is why we understand if you’re worried that it might make your lips stand out in an unflattering way. As beauty editors, of all the beauty concerns we hear about, this one easily ranks in our top five. But the truth is, dark lipstick can look good on all lip shapes and sizes; it’s just a matter of application. Don’t believe us? We got in touch with Lancôme Beauty Advisor Olivia Thompson to help us figure out the secret to wearing bold lipstick and feeling confident when you have thin lips.
In order to prep for your bold lipstick, you’re going to need a dark lip liner and a dark lipstick that’s a little lighter than your lip liner shade. Now we know lip liner can be intimidating (especially if it’s done you wrong in the past — ahem, remember the dark lip liner trend?), but there’s always room for improvement. Applying lip liner is a necessary step if you want to sport a bold lipstick. According to Thompson, the biggest mistake people with thin lips make is overlining their lips so much that it looks unnatural and “almost like a mistake.” So while lip liner is a must for your bold lipstick routine, that doesn’t mean you need a ton of it.
How to Make Your Lips Look BiggerSTEP 1: Apply a dark lip liner to the outside of your lips, going a little above your top lip and a little below your lower lip. Lightly shade the edges so it’s not a harsh line. Need a recommendation? We love the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lip Liner Smooth Application as it’s formulated to define and shape lips to enhance your natural lip contour, making it a perfect option for those with thinner lips. The shade Perfect Burgundy is a beautiful brick red that flatters a range of different skin tones.
STEP 2: Take a lighter shade of lipstick, like the NYX Professional Makeup Shout Loud Lipstick in Hot in Here, and fill in the remainder of your lips.
STEP 3: To ensure that everything is blended, go over the darker color with the lighter color and then rub your lips together.
And if you want to see what these steps look like on an actual human being, check out the following tutorial by Lisa Eldridge.