Bigger, fuller lips are one of the most wanted beauty features. Celebs like Kylie Jenner, Kat Von D and Ashley Tisdale have even created cosmetic lines to enhance your face. Lucky for you, there are easy and natural ways to plump up your lips without paying a huge price. Here are some pointers
This is step number one and it’s so important. Before you try any other hacks, exfoliate your lips first. Flaky lips reflect less light, which means, a dry pucker could be making your lips look smaller than they actually are. To get rid of flakes, brush them lightly with a toothbrush. This also boosts circulation, giving you a rosy tint sans makeup.
If you want to get professional with your exfoliation game, get yourself a hydrating sugar lip scrub that really smooths. Yes, it’s another step to add to your skincare routine, but trust me, it’s soooo worth it.
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
When your body is dehydrated, your lips literally shrivel up and disappear. Make sure to drink lots of water – which, btw, is just a good life choice in general – to bring out your most luscious lippies naturally (and for free).
3. Over-line your lips
Even though this makeup trick is a beauty vlogger favorite, it’s really easy to do yourself. Apply your go-to concealer to your lips, then trace slightly outside your natural lip line using a lip liner. From there, just fill in your lips with the matching lipstick or just use the liner for your whole pout.
4. Highlight with gloss
This two-second trick will help draw attention to your lips. Grab your favorite clear lip gloss or a pick shade that matches your lipstick color, then apply a dab of the gloss onto the middle of both of your lips. The shimmery product picks up light, making your pout look fuller.
5. Try a plumping treatment
There are tons of great plumping balms, glosses, and treatments out there that can give you a much fuller lip look — no needles necessary!
6. Double up on nude lip colors
Looking for bigger lips? What you really need is dimension. Layering color amps up your pout easily. Here’s how: Apply one shade all over your mouth, then top it with a slightly lighter color (or even a white lip crayon) in the middle of your lips.
Along with making your lips look bigger, it’ll help even out your lips. If you have a fuller top lip and a smaller bottom lip (or vise versa), try only applying the lighter shade to the smallest lip.
7. Line with concealer after lipstick
Ever wonder how influencers get that FaceTune-perfect lipstick line? Well, partly from FaceTune, but it’s mostly thanks to this concealer hack. Yes, you should be applying concealer before and after your lipstick. Use a skinny brush and a teeny tiny bit of cover-up to line the outside of your already over-lined lips. You won’t believe how much your lipstick will pop.
8. Don’t skip the lip balm
Lip balm is an absolutely essential part of your beauty routine. Your lips are delicate, so they need to be hydrated inside and out. Drink your water (see point 2) and then swipe on a lip balm that will soften your lips. Healthy lips will reach their highest, fullest potential.
9. Add a contour shade under your bottom lip
This hack is a hidden gem among the beauty community, and with good reason. It’s super simple and quick to do!
After you’ve applied all your lip products , take a powder contour shade on a small fluffy brush and run it under your bottom lip. This will cast a slight shadow under your lips and make them look poutier. Pro tip: tap into your contour shade lightly — you can always add more later if you need to!
10. Lip masks
Lip masks are a fun, quick way to give your pout a perfect plump. Most lip masks on the market are infused with collagen, which helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and makes your lips smoother. Some are designed like sheet masks — these are meant to be placed directly on your lips for a few minutes so the collagen (and other beneficial ingredients) can sink into them. If you’re not into the idea of placing a gel mask on your lips, you can opt for an overnight mask that applies like a lip balm.