How to Fake Fuller Lips in Just 4 Steps

May 25, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
person wearing red lipstick with tattoos on arm
Whether you have a naturally slim pout or just want to plump what you got, all it takes is the right products and a little practice to achieve a full lip look. Ahead, makeup artist Jonet Williamson breaks down how to fake fuller lips in just four steps. Trust us, you’ll want to use these techniques every time you apply makeup.
  • STEP 1: 

    Pick the Right Tools

    To achieve a natural-looking full lip, it’s all in the product. Here, Williamson used the NYX Professional Makeup Dazed & Diffused Blurring Lipstick in Day Drink to match the red lipstick. The magic of these lip colors lies in their crayon formula — it’s velvety enough to precisely line your lips while still giving you the ability to blur them out as you please. You’ll also need a dark pencil lip liner, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in Dark Chocolate.

  • STEP 2:

    Use the Dark Pencil to Outline

    “Lining with the deep liner should always come first because you’re going to end up going over that liner with the lipstick shades,” says Williamson. “This will help camouflage the liner, while still getting that depth of color.” For a full lip, overline the lips by about a millimeter with the darker lip pencil. This will help build the illusion of a plumper pout.

L'oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti Feathering Lip Liner
  • STEP 3: 

    Use the Pencil to Shade the Corners

    Next, you’re going to add more dimension around the perimeter of your lips with the red liner. “Fill the top lip with liner, including the corners, and only fill in the corners of your bottom lip,” says Williamson. “You’ll want to leave the center of the bottom lip open, which is about the width of your front four teeth.”

  • Step 4: 

    Apply Your Lipstick

    Grab a lipstick of your choice in two shades, a lighter and a darker one (our current fave is the NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick.) “Start by applying the darker shade all over the lips, and use a lip brush to diffuse and blend the color into the liner,” says Williamson. Then add a small touch of the lighter shade to that open space on your bottom lip from earlier.

NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick

And there you have it — the three-layered dimension will have your lips looking juicy, plumped and a lot more full.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Makeup Assistant: Nana Kumi, Hair Stylist: Kiyo Igarashi, Visual Designer: Hannah Packer, Producer: Jessica Thiel, Digital Tech: Paul Yem, Model: Mason

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